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LeFlore County Express Soccer


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Soccer drills designed for small sided teams

Soccer drills for all age groups


COACHES

U5 (born 2013 and later)

ANDERSON 918-413-7063 (red) (practice Tuesday at 5:00 pm)

KNIGHT 405-269-6787 (orange) (practice Monday at 5:30 pm)

BREWER 918-385-2801 (purple) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm)

CALLAWAY/HOUSE 918-721-1692 (blue) (practice Thursday at 6:00 pm)

HEAVENER 918-839-5206 (navy blue) (practice Wednesday at 5:15 pm)


U6 (born 2012)

ATKINS 918-649-4794 (orange) (practice Tuesday at 6:00 pm)

BRANSCUM 918-839-0769 (red) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm)

CROUCH/LONG/BRANSTETTER 918-839-2122 (grey) (practice Thursday at 5:30 pm Field 1)

HEBERT 918-839-2761 (navy blue (practice Friday at 5:15 pm)

KILLEBREW 479-883-2631

PHILLIPS - 918-647-6957 (camo) (practice Wednesday at 5:15 pm)

SHEDD - TALIHINA  (teal) 515-508-1961 (practice Thursday at 5:30 pm)

SOCKEY 405-742-8638 (orange) (Thursday at 5:15 pm) 

SWEETEN 570-750-1669 (turqoise)(practice Thursday at 6:15 pm Field 4)


U8 (born 2010 and 2011)

RYAN ADAMS - 918-649-7846 (black/royal blue) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm)

ALYSSA BREWER 918-385-2801 (purple) (practice Monday at 6:16 pm)

SCOTT CLARK - 918-635-5833 (yellow)

CALEB DAVIES 479-806-2401 (blue) (practice Friday 5:35 pm)

ELIZONDO 918-385-1664 (maroon and black) (practice Thursday at 6:15 pm)

SHANNA HALL 918-647-1995(turquoise) (practice Monday at 5:15)

SARAH JORDAN/KENDRA YANDELL 405-406-1111 (crimson) (practice Friday at 5:15 pm)

JESSICA KANEHL 405-385-1409 (lime green)

KRISTIN MATHIS 214-250-9049 (coral) (practice in Talihina)

CARL MOORE - 479-651-5090 (green) (practice Wednesday at 5:15 pm)

ANNIE RICHARD 918-839-5960 (black) (practice Friday at 5:15 pm)

ERIC SHEDD 918-647-6114 (gray) (practice in Talihina)


U10 (born 2008 and 2009)

CHITWOOD 918-774-4789 (red, white and blue) (practice Tuesday at 5:15 pm)

DARNEAL 918-413-4962 (navy blue) (practice Tuesday at 6:15 pm)

MEGAN DUNN - 918-839-7900 (gray) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm)

ELIZONDO 918-385-1664 (black and  maroon) (practice Thursday at 5:15 pm)

ARIANA JOHNSON 918-839-3099 (orange) (practice Friday at 6:15 pm)

JENNIFER WARD 918-721-8780 (red) (practice Friday at 5:15 pm)

LACI RICHARDSON 918-721-8995 (green) (practice Tuesday at 5:15 pm)

TALIHINA - KEVIN SMITH 918-839-1197 (gold) (practice in Talihina)



U12 (born 2006 and 2007)

RANADA ADAMS - 918-649-7863 (maroon) (practice Monday at 6:15 pm and Tuesday at 6:15 pm)

JOSHUA BELL - 918-208-8519 (royal blue) (practice Monday at 5:00 pm and Thursday at 5:00 pm)

BRITTAIN - 479-561-0777 (orange) (practice Tuesday at 6:00 pm and Thursday at 6:00 pm)

JOE HEAVENER 918-839-5206 (navy blue) (practice Wednesday at 6:00 pm)

RIVERA - 918-721-1819 (red) (practice Wednesday at 5:15 pm)

TALIHINA (KEVIN SMITH) 918-839-1197 (gold) (practice in Talihina)


U15 (born 2003 through 2005)


MEGAN DUNN 918-839-7900 (gray) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm and Friday at 5:15 pm)

JORGE MARTINEZ 918-721-4106 (orange) (practice Monday at 5:15 pm and Thursday at 6:15 pm)

MATT MCBEE-  918-658-4794 (red/black) (practice Friday at 6:15 pm)



COACHES –– DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Each Coach shall be responsible for being familiar with the all-applicable Bylaws, Standing Resolutions, and the Code of Ethics;Each coach shall be responsible for insuring that LeFlore County Soccer Association Rules of Competition are complied with by players and spectators for referees, players, and others involved with the game;

Each coach shall be responsible for and commit to meeting and maintaining compliance with the requirements of the Leflore County Soccer Association;

Each coach shall assure that all his players are properly registered prior to participation in scheduled games;

Each coach shall be responsible for training and conditioning his players and for conducting weekly practices;

All team meetings shall be considered team activities. Ths includes games, practices, scrimmages, and instructional meetings in which over half of the players from the same team participate under the supervision of a coach or adult;

Recreational team practices for U8 and below shall be limited to one (1) during any calendar week plus games, and team practices for U10 and up shall be limited to two (2) during any calendar week plus games. The calendar week shall begin on Saturday.

No recreational team practice, scrimmage, or instructional meeting shall exceed 90 minutes in duration;


 

Oklahoma Soccer Association –– Youth Coaches Code of Ethics

Soccer is a player’s game. The paramount concern of each coach is the development, welfare, enjoyment, and safety of each individual player.

A coach bears the responsibility for teaching each individual player to strive for success while playing fairly, observing the laws of the game while displaying the highest level of sportsmanship.

A coach is responsible for cultivating each individual player’s love of the game.

Each coach carries the responsibility for teaching character building values such as respect, hard work, perseverance, courage, trust, honesty, humility and pride to each individual player.

Each coach shall seek to improve his/her knowledge of the game and coaching to ensure that he/she is providing age appropriate information and the best development experience to each individual player.

Each coach shall treat officials with respect and dignity and shall teach each individual player to do the same.

ALL opponents are worthy of being treated with respect. A coach will model such respect for opponents and expect each individual player to do the same.

In both victory and defeat, the behavior of the coach shall model grace, dignity and composure.

Each coach shall adhere to the highest standards and regulations of the institutions he/she represents: clubs, schools, sponsoring organizations and sports governing bodies.

Coach shall model inclusive behavior, actively supporting cultural diversity while opposing all types of discrimination, including but not limited to, racism and sexism, at all levels of the games.

Each coach is responsible for taking an active role in education about prevention and treatment of drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse in the lives of each individual player.

A coach shall refrain from all manner of personal abuse and harassment of others, whether verbal, physical, emotional or sexual and shall oppose such abuse and harassment at all levels of the game.

A coach shall respect the declared affiliations of each individual player.

A coach shall seek to honor those who uphold the highest standards and principles of soccer and shall use appropriate protocol to oppose and eliminate all behavior that brings disrepute to the sport: violence, abuse, dishonesty, disrespect, and violations of the laws of the game and rules governing competition.

COACHING SOCCER 101

There are seventeen rules or "Laws" in soccer. Here is a quick reference of the laws as they apply to our youth recreational league.

Law 1. Field Dimensions. Modified for youth to promote lots of touches. Fields can be 20' wide X 30' long for micro soccer and up to 70' wide X 110' long for 11v11 games.

Law 2. Balls size. A #3 is used for players U6 to U9. A #4 for players U10 to U12. U13 and up use a #5.

Law 3.  Number of players. U5 plays 3 v 3.  U6 plays 3 v 3.  U8 plays 4 v 4.  U10 plays either 6 v 6 or 7 v7, depending on number of players per team for the season.  U12 plays 7 v 7 or 8 v 8, depending on the number of players per team for the season.  U15 plays 7 v7, 8v8 or 11 v 11, depending on the number of players per team for the season.

Law 4.  Player's equipment. Shin guards with socks that completely cover Shin guards. No jewelry and no baseball cleats because the front cleats stick out.

Law 5.  Referees. The referee's main concern is the safety of the players. The ref enforces all the rules of the game. There will not be referees for U5 and U6 games.  Referees will call games for U8 games when available.

Law 6. Assistant referee. In U12 and U15 games there may be two assistants helping the referee control the game, depending on availability.

Law 7. Duration of the game. U5/U6 play 6, 6 min segments.  U8 plays 4 12 min segments.  U10 plays 2, 25 minute halves.  U12 plays 2, 30 minute halves.  U15 plays 2, 35 minute halves.

Law 8. Start of play. The kick off is taken at the center spot and is determined by a coin toss. The ball has to move a full rotation either front ways or back ways to start the half. Each player must be in his or her half of the field and at least ten yards away from the ball. If a referee has to do a drop ball, the play resumes when the ball hits the ground.

Law 9. Ball in and out of play. The ball is out of play when it COMPLETELY goes over the goal line or touch-line. It doesn't matter whether it's in the air or on the ground.

Law 10. Method of scoring. The ball must COMPLETELY go across the line into the goal.

Law 11. Off sides. One of the most complicated laws of the game. This does not start taking effect until U10.  In U10, the offsides line is the “blue” line (it may be a different color).  In U12 and up, the offsides line is the half-field line.  The basic concept is that a player must have at least one defender (not including the goalkeeper) between him and the goal WHEN the ball is played to him. Also to be offside the player must be on the opponents’ side and looking to gain an advantage.

Law 12. Fouls and Misconduct- At the youth level most fouls are due to pushing, holding or tripping and result in a free kick. Other ones to watch out for are handballs and charging.

Law 13. Free kicks. There are two types. A direct and indirect. At the youth level most free kicks are classified as indirect. This means a goal may not be scored until the ball has been played or touched by a second player of either team.

Law 14. Penalty Kick- If a play commits a foul in their own penalty area, a Penalty kick will be awarded. The kick is taken twelve yards out from the goal.

Law 15. Throw in. The thing to teach your players is both feet have to be on the ground, must have two hands on the ball, and the throw must come from behind the players head. The penalty for a bad throw in is that the opposing team get the ball. In U8, the player will get two chances.  Starting in U10, the ball goes to the other team to throw in if the throw in is done incorrectly.

Law 16. Goal Kick. A goal kick is granted when the attacking team kicks the ball over the goal line. The kicker may not touch the ball again until it has left the penalty area and has been touched by another player on either team.  (There is only a goal box in U5 and U6, so just make sure the other team is about 5 yards back when the ball is being kicked in.)

Law 17. Corner Kick. A corner kick is awarded when the defending team kicks the ball over their own goal line. A goal may be scored directly from a corner kick.


SOCCER TERMS
Advantage:  A decision by the referee to disregard a foul by the defensive team if a stoppage in play would benefit the team that committed the violation.  This allows the team on offense to maintan its playing advantage

Beat:  To get the ball around an opponent by dribbling or shooting

Breakaway:  When an attacker with the ball makes it past the last defender and is on his way toward the goal for a one-on-one showdown with the goalkeeper.

Clearing:  Happens when a team kicks the ball out of its defensive zone, ending an offensive threat by the opposing team.

Cross:  A kick made near the sideline toward the middle of the field to get the ball closer to the front of the goal.

Corner arcs:  A quarter-circle located at each of the four corners of the field.  On a corner kick, the ball must be kicked from inside this arc.

Chip:  A short, lofted pass or shot

Dribble:  The basic skill of advancing the ball with the feet while controlling it.

Drop ball:  A restart when the ball is dropped between two players and may only be played once it has touched the ground.

Goal area:  A rectangular area extending from the goal line.  Used to designated where goal kicks are taken.

Hat trick:  Three or more goals scored in a game by a single player.

Half volley:  A kick of the ball just as it is rebounding off the ground.

Header:  When a player controls or strikes a ball in the air, using their head.

Juggling:  Keeping the ball in the air with any part of the body (no hands or arms).  Used for practice and developing coordination.

Marking:  Closely defending a player to prevent him from receiving the ball or advancing the ball by dribbling or passing. 

Penalty area:  Rectanglular area extending 18 yards from the goal line (modified for small sided games).  Goalkeepers only can use their hands within their Penalty area.  Any foul against the defending team resulting in a direct kick inside this area, results in a penalty kick for the attacking team.

Receiving:  When a player uses his body to slow down and control a moving ball.  Most often this is done using the chest, thigh or foot.

Slide tackle:  An attempt by a defender to take the ball away form a dribbler by sliding on the ground feet first into the ball.

Tackle:  A move to take the ball away from an opponent's feet.

Throw-in:  The only time a field player may use their hands.  Used to bring the ball back in play after it has crossed out of bounds on the sidelines.  Two hands must be used and the ball must be thrown from behind the player's head.  Both feet must be on the ground and behind the sideline.

Volley:  A kick made while the ball is in the air, before it touches the ground.  Can be for a clearance or to shoot on goal.

Wall:  Players stand as a line or wall to protect the goal against a free kick.  


THE PLAYERS
There are typically 11 players on the field for each team during the game.  (younger age groups have fewer players).  There are no required formations, but most teams will use three forwards, three midfielders, four back/defenders and a goalkeeper.  Positions are very fluid as any player may score a goal and all players may drop back to defend.

Goalkeeper:  The goalkeeper (or keeper) is responsible for defending the goal and any shots that come toward it. Only the keeper can put his hands or arms on the ball, in the penalty area surrounding the goal.

Forwards:  The forwards (also called attackers or strikers) are the team's primary offense.  Their role is to advance the ball and score goals.

Midfielders:  Midfielders play behind the forwards and in front of the defense and their job is to assist both of these groups.  Generally, they'll  receive the ball from the defenders and advance it to the forwards to score goals.

Defenders:  (Also called fulbacks).  In soccer, everyone plays offense and defense, depending on when their team possesses the ball.  Specialized defensive positions are sweepers and stoppers, depending on the type of formation a team may use.

Substitutes:  Any player who does not start the game, but is eligible to come off the bench.  In recreational play it is recommended that alll players receive equal playing time.  In older age groups and more competitive levels, substitutes may be used less frequent.  Typically in youth games, substitutes may only enter the field with the referee's permission during a stoppage of play, and when their team has posession of the ball on throw-ins and goal kicks. 


REFEREE TALK
Charge:
  To run into an opponent.  This is legal if done from the front or side of the ball carrier.  However, it is illegal against a player without the ball or from behind.

Hand ball:  A foul where a player (other than the keeper in the penalty area) deliberately touches the ball with his hand or arm.  The opposing team is awarded a direct free kick.

Holding:  When an opponent's movement is obstructed with either hands or arms, a direct kick is awarded.

Officials:  (Referees)  The official protects the players and enforces the rules.  The referee officiates the game and is on the field with the players.  The refereee keeps the official time.  The assistant referees each patrol on half of the field, from opposite sidelines.  Their job is to provide assistance to the referee only.  AR's as they are called, use a flag to signal to the referee and to the players when the ball is out of bounds, when a player is potentially offside, or they have seen a foul committed.  The referee makes the final determination whether or not to blow the whistle.

Tripping:  If a player uses any part of his body to trip an opposing player, a direct kick is awarded.

Offside:  (does not apply in u6-u10 small-sided games) Occurs when a player positions himself nearer to the opponent's goal line than both the ball and the second-to-last opponent.  No fewer than two defenders (usually the goalkeeper and one other defender) must be nearer to the goal line than the attacker.  The person advancing with the ball must be the first to cross the line of defense.

A player in an offside positiion is only penalized if, at the moment the ball is played by a teammate, he is, in the opinion of the referee, involved in active play, or interfering with play or any opponent, or gaining an advantage by being in that position.  When a player who is in a offside position receives the ball from a teammate or is involved directly in the play, an offside is called and an indirect free kick is awarded to the defense.

Red card:  (Serious misconduct, violent play, offensive language or intentionally denying a goal).  Immediate ejection from the game.  The team may not replace this player, and will play shorthanded for the remainder of the game.

Yellow card:  (Caution) Shown to a player by the referee for dangerous or unsportsmanlike behavior.  If a player is shown two yellow cards in one game, it is an anutomatic ejection from the game. 


KICKOFF
Corner kick:
  awarded to the attacking team if the defense knocks the ball out of bounds over their own endline.  The kick is taken from the corner nearest where the ball went out of bounds.  A goal can be scored directly from a corner kick.

Goal kick:  Awarded to the defense when the attacking team knocks the ball out of bounds over the end line.  The kick is taken from within the goal area, and must clear the penalty area before being touched by anohter player.  Extremely rare and unlikely, but a goal can be scored directly from a goal kick.

Free kick:  Awarded by the referee due to an infraction of the rules.  The kick is generally taken from the spot in which the infraction took place.  The defending team must be a minimum of 10 yards away from the ball (modified for small-sided games).  There are two kinds of free kicks (direct and indirect), determined by the serverity of the infraction.

Direct kick:  Awarded when a serious foul is commmitted against another player.  This is a free kick in which a goal can be scored directly by the kicker.  Some fouls resulting in a direct kick are holding, striking, tripping, pushing and hand balls.

Indirect kick:  Awarded when an infraction of the rules has taken place or a less serious foul has been committed. On an indirect kick, a goal cannot be scored unless the ball is touched by a second player.  Some minor fouls or infractions resulting in an indirect kick are offside and dangerous play.

Penalty kick:  A direct kick is awarded to the attacking team when a major foul is committed by a defender inside his own penalty area.  The kick is taken from the penalty spot.   Only the kicker and the keeper are allowed in the penalty area.  The goalkeeper must be on the goal line until the ball is kicked. 


PARENT QUICK TIPS
Sportsmanship is important for kids to learn.  Set a good example on the sidelines by offering positive encouragement and support.

Weather can be unpredictable.  Be prepared by bringing sunscreen, rain jackets, blankets, etc.

Proper hydration is key to a good game.  Be sure to bring plenty of water for kids to drink both before and after their practicies and games.  Healthy snacks like orange wedges, grapes and sports drinks are also good for replenishing nutrients after strenuous activity. 

Get to the soccer field early.  Players need adequate time to warm up and stretch fefore practice or game time.
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