On Field Timeline
When players enter the Pre-TDA program they will follow a carefully constructed program that allows the player to develop over the short, medium and longer terms using our evaluation program. In addition to statistical and written evaluations player will be given continual verbal feedback through the socratic (Question/Answer) style of coaching offered by ProActive Sport & Soccer.
1) Skills Assessment Tests (SAT’s) - Upon entry to the program players will undergo a bank of uniform skills assessment tests which are measurable by score (and also repeatable at any point for the player). This baselining technique allows us to immediately differentiate players by ability in order to form training groups but also can show measurable improvement as the program evolves.
2) 10 Week scheme of work - The scheme of work is laid out so that players will cover the basic technical components in isolation that will be challenged by progressive pressure exercises that turn the technique into a skill by exposing the player to use the technique in game real situations. All exercises have differentiation options to allow stations to be made easier or more challenging depending on the level of the player.
3) End of Season Evaluation - Each player will be given a detailed written evaluation regarding all of the areas of play covered within the season. This evaluation highlights both players strengths and areas for improvement. At this time players also repeat the SAT’s in order to compare pre and post season development in a statistical and measurable way (this statistical data is a backup to parental field observation through scrimmages/practices they may observe and by the players knowledge from questioning)
10 Week Scheme of Work Breakdown
Each week the players will cover different topics that not only develop new techniques and skills in the game, but also help to reinforce previously covered techniques.
Within each session the techniques will be taught and learned through repetition training, once the technique has been learned the session will develop through the progressive pressure method until finally the player is performing the skill with game realistic pressure.
A typical 60 minute session is broken down into 4 sections
1) Group warm up (15 minutes)- Activities that prepare the mind and body for the topic that is about to follow
2) Station 1 (15 minutes) - Development of evenings topic in isolation with only self imposed pressure
3) Station 2 (15 minutes) - Development of the topic through progressive pressure activities
4) Conditioned games (15 minutes) - Players play 4v4 matches with conditions which promote the evening s topic to be displayed in a game environment.
Each session has learning outcomes which form part of the Season long ‘Detailed Learning Outcomes’ section. This is broken down on the assumption that within any given group there will be sometimes quite large differences in natural ability and the speed at which players pick up concepts. With this in mind outcomes are divided into situations that ALL players can achieve, situations where most of the players in the group can achieve and activities/concepts that only a few players within the group can master.