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Junior RDP

U6/U7 Training Development Program
Learning the game - Fundamentals



- To develop skilled, confident and creative players.  The Coach as a FACILITATOR & TEACHER. The players as decision makers

- To make the game Fun to practice and play. “Serious Fun”- A combination of positive Environment and Challenging Practices

- To teach good sportsmanship and Respect for all. Strong values, Good Character, Good Competitor, Good Citizen

- To value winning but not more than character and performance. Player Development is more important than Short Term results




-Dribbling, Running with the ball, Ball control, Shooting, Passing & Receiving


-Speed, Basic motor skills, Perception, Awareness, Agility, Balance & Coordination


-Communication, Respect-Discipline, Cooperation, Listening


-Self-confidence, Motivation, Self-control, Determination 


(Warm-up with Balls – Agility, Reaction, Co-ordination, Technical – Game-Related Practice – 4v4/5v5 SSG Free Play, Cool Down)

Week - 1: Ball Familiarity - Develop ability to Control the Ball

Week - 2: Dribbling To Create Space: Cuts, Turns, Change Direction and Pace

Week - 3: Dribbling Going to Goal to Beat Defenders (1v1): Fakes, Feints and Moves

Week - 4: Shooting Technique - Finishing

Week - 5: Tournament Play - Game Awareness

Week - 6: Passing and Receiving – First Touch

Week - 7: Combining with Teammates – Introduce combination plays with two or three players

Week - 8: Defending Principles – Introduce simple defending skills – 1v1 challenging the ball carrier to regain possession

Week - 9: Attacking Principles – Introduce simple attacking combination skills – 2v2 challenge the 1st defender using the 2nd attacker for support 

Week - 10: Tournament Play - Game Awareness

Practice sessions are planned so that they involve a Warm-up, a Physical an introduction to the Technique, a progression of the Technique Game Related, and a Scrimmage Game.  The sessions will focus on the development of technique in ball control, dribbling, passing, shooting and introduction to defending / attacking skills. The majority of the exercises at this stage will focus on the 1v1 and 2v2 model (FUNDAMENTALS). 

All players will be given a written Junior Training Assessment Report at the end of the program.

The Progression of Player Development part of our RDP-program is concentrated on:

1 - BALL MASTERY-The Foundation-Touch, Control, Confidence

2 - 1v1 MOVES – Individual Skill to keep possession, Dribbling, Change of direction, Feints, Stops and starts

3 - RECEIVING and PASSING – Team work skills

4 - SPEED – Mental and Physical speed with & without the ball- Acceleration, Reaction, and Decision Making

5 - FINISHING– Focus, Timing, Courage, Concentration, Striking

6 - GROUP PLAY – Putting ALL together-Group Defence, Fast break Attack, Combination Play


TECHNICAL (50%) - Introduce basic individual techniques

PHYSICAL (30%) - Develop agility, balance, coordination with or without the ball

SOCIAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL (20%) - Create positive learning environment – Increase confidence with the ball –Playing with the teammates

TACTICAL (0%) – NO tactical objectives at this stage.


2017 Outdoor Jr. RDP: May, June, & September at Rosedale Park, on Fridays from 5:30-6:30pm.  Tentative dates (subject to final confirmed permit dates):
May 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16, 23; September 8, 15, 22, 29 

NEW 2016 Indoor Jr. RDP: January, February, & March at Whitney Jr. P.S., on Thursdays from 6:15-7:30pm.
Dates: January 12, 19, 25; February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 23, 30 

Registration is available on PowerUp Sports!

Any questions can be directed to Breanna Assistant Manager, Sports Club.