Mini-Rage Practice Week of 11 May 2021


We are finishing our three week training focus on building up out of the back through the middle third of the field by spreading out and passing. We want to develop tactically savvy players who look around the field and see where there is open space away from where the other team is and then to make supporting runs into that space followed by passing into that space. 

Additionally, this Thursday and possibly Tuesday we will have coaches from TC come and talk with our players about playing select. This is a good option for many of our players. This will likely be painful for many of you because it is likely you will lose a few of your best players. Keep in mind that we coach in order to do what is best for the players. Sometimes what is best for the player in painful as a coach and a team. Recreational soccer feeds Select and Select feeds Premier. At the end of practice on Thursday and maybe Tuesday I will pull all the players together and discuss this with them.

Just a reminder to keep enforcing mask wearing as you have been doing. 

Practice Focus:

  • Spread out
  • Look around and see where the other team is not
  • Pass to the open player where the other team is not

Key Words:

  • Spread out
  • Head up and look around
  • Find the open space

Play 1 (Small Sided Games):

5:00-5:15 pm

Small sided games on the teams normal fields. Unlike our regular small sided games this one will have two pug goals per team AND NO dribbling. Just passing and shooting. Players have unlimited touches, but they cannot dribble around. For them to be successful players must spread out and make supporting runs. 

The Bumblebees will play regular small sided games.

Field layout


5:15-5:25 pm

Modified Throw-in Dodge Ball

Modified dodgeball diagram

This is the modified version of dodge ball that we played before. Create an approximate 15x15 yard box. Start with two throwers, one on each end. Every one else is in the box. Each thrower starts with two soccer balls. When the coach says "go" each thrower does a to standard soccer throw-in trying to hit a player in the middle below the waste. If the through is illegal or hits the player about the waste the player in the middle is not out. When the players in the middle are hit below the waste by a legal through they come outside the box and help the throwers. Coaches should adjust the size of the box based on the ability of the players to throw the ball. 

The Bumblebees will play sharks and minnows with the soccer balls. 

Water Break

5:25 - 5:30 pm

Give the players a very short water break. Make them run to their water and back. 


5:30-5:45 pm

This is a 5v3 game with the ball always starting in the goalies hands after the ball goes out. Blue is set up with a goalie, two centerbacks and 2 midfielders. Red has a forward and two midfielders. Blue is attacking against two pug goals and red is attacking against the big goal. Blue cannot dribble, but has unlimited touches. Red plays as normal. When the goalie has the ball Red must get behind the build out line in accordance with the rules. 

All of the teams except the Bumblebees will do this exercise. The Bumblebees will do skills training as developed by Brock, Jimmy and Savannah. 

5v3 Buildout



  • Half field
  • Blue side full size goal
  • Red side two pug goals
  • 5 Blue players (one is a goalie)
  • 3 Red players


  • Blue goalie starts with the ball
  • Red starts behind the buildout line
  • Blue goalie plays it in 
  • Blue can only pass or shoot. Blue cannot dribble around with the ball, but does have unlimited touches
  • Red plays normally. 

Training Focus:

  • Focus first on Blue
  • Blue needs to spread out
  • Blue needs to look around and then pass to the space where Red is not
  • Red needs to pressure the ball and cut off passing options

Play 2:

5:45-6:00 pm

The focus for this scrimmage is building up out of the back through the middle third of the field with the teams passing to where the other team is not. Game awareness and good supporting runs to space and passing.

This scrimmage will not have any coaches on the field as players. 

11 May

Sam will create the match-ups and field assignments based on number of players per team that show up. He will attempt to make it that all players get as much playing time as possible and that teams stay together as much as possible. 

13 May

Sam will create the match-ups and field assignments based on number of players per team that show up and the coaches available. 

Post Practice Scrimmage

The players on the Bears, Lions and Pumas are welcome to stay after practice on Tuesday and scrimmage against the two GU10 teams we scrimmaged against the previous week. That will go from 6:00 to 6:30.