Newsletter (03) Term 1
Another enjoyable week of training with players now more settled into their routines.
This week our Mini Mongo groups continued work on their technical foundations. Each player has been given a self challenge to practice their juggling with a bounce before training and at home. Juggling helps to develop a strong technical foundation as players become more familiar with the ball and how their interactions affect its movement. In addition to this, players continued development on individual coordination and agility with the introduction of ladder based exercises.
As our Pre Academy groups begin preparations for the winter competition, they are being introduced to new game scenarios. Indeed, the activities are designed to grow their understanding and awareness of different phases of the game. Currently players are being introduced to the notion of game intelligence transition play, understanding their responsibilities in both attacking and defensive situations
This week Academy groups continued the intense loading phase of their preparation. Whilst physically challenging at many points, players are forced to take accountability for their actions operating in varying 1 on 1 situations which require a high level of focus.
Our Elite Skills Training groups focused on technical correction in the first session as well as the development and integration of new skills in a 1v1 situation. Groups in the second session worked on their finishing from differing angles and parts of the body.
NSFA WINTER COMPETITION SEASON DATES
- 2nd/3rd April: Season 2022 kicks off for all age groups 2nd/3rd April
- 16th/17th April: Easter NO Football ALL age groups
- 9th/10th July: No MiniRoos/Junior Football
- 20th Aug: Mixed MiniRoos normal & Semi Final Day Junior Mixed & Men Seniors
- 27th Aug: Mixed MiniRoos Gala Day & Grand Final Day Junior Mixed & Men Seniors
Stay safe everyone,
Hydration in junior sport
Water has many important roles in the body and is required to maintain blood volume and regulate body temperature. It is the drink of choice for health and sports performance benefits, especially for children and adolescents participating in junior sport.
Sweat production (fluid loss) increases with increasing temperature and humidity, as well as with an increase in the exercise intensity. If not replaced, fluid loss can lead to dehydration which may contribute to an increased perception of how hard an activity feels, along with mental fatigue that can impact kids’ concentration. Dehydration can also increase the risk of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and other gastro-intestinal problems during and after sport.
Drinking fluid during junior sport matches is necessary to replace the fluid lost through sweat and the amount of fluid consumed should reflect the amount of fluid lost through sweat. In junior sport, water is the best choice to keep the body cool, replace fluid lost through sweat, and help kids feel energised to play at their best.
- Get ready before you start
- Head to the starting line or sporting ground well hydrated. Drink plenty of water approximately 5–8 cups of fluid per day) and enjoy a healthy breakfast or snack before play starts.
- Top up on the go
- When kids take a break, top up their fluid with sips of water so they’re refreshed and ready to play on. In hot and humid weather, juniors may need to stop more regularly to top up.
- Finish and replenish
- Finish with water and a healthy snack to replenish kids’ energy after they play.