Stonnall Juniors U12
Stonnall Juniors U12
Stonnall Juniors U12
This week saw our U10s have a week off ‘traditional’ football training…
Tuesday training was replaced with some sprint mechanics work at the Alexander Stadium and Friday night was our pizza/match footage night. Good luck also to Aidan this weekend for his WBA trial.
Sunday 28 February 2016
Well done to Joseph who scored his first hat trick today for the Stonnall Juniors U10s team. One of the goals started with Bryn winning possession for us deep on the right. Bryn then played through Louis who put Joseph through to score. Good team play, gentlemen! One goal was also a great individual effort, scoring from wide on the right with a well hit shot into the bottom left corner.
Well done all –
December has been a great month socially: we had our Xmas party for the players as well as the parents’ night out which turned into an unexpected fundraiser…
In terms of our football, we continued to work on our theme of Support and Movement before spending time working at two extremes of the practice spectrum – first on technical unopposed drills making much use of both feet – after which we did an entire session of “just matches” (in reality, Whole-Part-Whole). There was only one weekend of league fixtures, where we had two lacklustre draws which gave us the opportunity to review our effort-based team motto. We also played our first 9-a-side friendly in readiness for next year – a great game with Four Oaks which was settled by just one goal to the visitors in an hour-long match. The 9-a-side format helped us appreciate new aspects of the game and we’ll aim to play more 9v9 pretty soon (January 9th – watch this space!).
Our objectives for the season remain the same:
1. Improve our ball mastery, esp. use of both feet;
2. Improve game understanding & ability to play multiple positions.
I mention our objectives as our results in the first half of the season have been pleasing. However, we should not make our results the be-all-and-end-all. They are secondary to our objectives for individual and team improvement. That said, and keeping things firmly in perspective, our season-on-season comparison shows progress:
The statistic which has helped us most though is this one:
That is the number of games we lost last season. The players – and parents – who have persevered have benefitted from adopting a longer-term perspective. “The winner is the loser who evaluates defeat properly“*. By reflecting on what we can improve, the players – who are, let’s not forget, children – are developing their psychological resilience. We have a group of nine and ten-year-olds who are learning to discuss amongst themselves their individual mistakes – while retaining some emotional control. In terms of growth mindsets, our team environment reflects work such as that of Carol Dweck and fits in with the Building Learning Habits work which some of the players are doing at school. In terms of our team ethos, this article captures the essence of it far more eloquently than I ever could.
There is one statistic which I will be looking now. It is the average number of passes after a goalkick. My rationale for this is that it encapsulates what we should be looking for in terms of individual and team ability (again, Doug Lemov’s article covers this well) in one easy-to-measure indicator. That figure, if anything, is the be-all-and-end-all. Not the final result.
Have a great Christmas!
[*Colm O’Connell, Kenyan Athletics coach]
A really positive two months for the team. We achieved our goal of winning two matches on a Sunday with the prize to take place in the New Year. Even better were the two clean sheets which are difficult to achieve in Youth football.
To compare to September we drew/won 20% of our matches in November/December that percentage had risen to 40%. That is a really positive achievement. Let’s aim for 50% in January.
November at Leamore was an excellent effort from the players and we had several comments from fellow coaches, spectators and referees about how much the team had improved and their never give up attitude to matches win, lose or draw.
We have had new players: Arthur and Harry and both had added something extra to the team in terms of defence and attack.
As always I am proud of all the players particularly the numbers who turn up for training either on a Tuesday or a Saturday. Even more so those who can make it on both days. The level of commitment has been superb and I want the boys to understand that you need to put effort into anything in life to achieve your goals.
As a team we need to keep working on our defence and making sure we press quickly as well as attacking with pace and continuing to create and take our chances. We are on the right path.
Finally great to see the boys have such a good time at the Christmas social. Their behaviour was excellent and this is an important part of being a team learning to get on with people. Thanks again to Janet and Jim for organising the event.
An extra special thanks to Jim for stepping up as an extra coach, organising man of the match and being a sounding board for ideas.
Your continued support as parents is always appreciated in the cold, rain and wind.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you in January.
Never Give Up
Tipton FC 0 – 1 Stonnall Juniors
MOTM awarded to Ethan
Well done Ethan on a solid display at right wing back against a player who was quick and much bigger. Although Ethan didn’t match him for size he matched him for speed and out shone him with technical ability.
A good result lads against a team who give very little away, we didn’t seem to play as we normally do but that’s football! A calm finish from Ben to give us the points, we created more chances, more of a gamble and reaction in the 6 yard box may have given us a few more goals.
Few things to remember:
Positions – when making recovery runs think of your own position first.
Vision/awareness make sure the checks are made.
Primary cover runs – have a think about this and we’ll discuss more on Saturday.
Another good result lads – keep working hard.
See you Saturday 10 till 12.
Congratulations to coaches Shaun McKenzie and Jamie Hawkes who have completed their FA Level 1 and FA Level 2 coaching badges respectively. This brings the number of Stonnall Juniors FC qualified coaches to five across our three teams.