In 2016, in conjunction with Pro Football Training, HRJFC initiated an in-house 5s to 7s programme. The programme was so successful introducing the game to the players, and the skills development curve so rapid, we decided to implement an In-house 8s programme for 2018 using a combination of in-house skill training / small sided games (3v3, 4v4 and 7v7 SSG’s) to focus on fun, development and skills.
After an in-house competition in 2017, the in-house programme was re-named the Lil’ Hammers and is open to children ages 5, 6, 7 and 8 with a December 31st birthday cut-off date.
From a recent study of ball possession and touches conducted on professional footballers in the French League1, it was found that over the course of a 90 minute game the average time in possession was 53.4 s with an average duration of 1.1 s, and 2 touches per possession.
In soccer, what do kids want at a development stage? To touch the ball, to score a goal and to have the ball on their feet as much as possible. Given the skill level of youth players, the reduced length of matches and the fact that most players do not play the entire match, their average number of possessions and touches per match is probably on the order of 15-20.
Skill development and small-sided games offer players many touches, accomplished at varying pace and under varying levels of space or pressure. The objective of our Lil’ Hammers programme is to achieve 300 touches per session and to introduce the kids and just as importantly the parent/volunteer coaches to this fun filled development approach using professional coaches with a strong reputation to promote the Hamersley Way of coaching.
The cost of this 18-week Lil Hammers program is $265 for the season.
Lil Hammers – U5-8s
U5-U8s Lil Hammers program will commence on Saturday the 24th April. Further information about the Lil Hammers program will be sent out to registered parents over the next week or two.
Coaches: Pro Football Training, guest coaches, and parent coaches.
Information Night: A parent information meeting will be held the week leading up to the first session. Details of the meeting to be provided shortly.
Contact: the Club Registrar for information and registration firstname.lastname@example.org