The ANIMAL characters on these coaching bands are sure to engage the youngest soccer players! Playing a role as an animal will get them into character as you introduce the concepts of playing positions.
BACK: the PROTECTIVE BLACK BEAR guards the goal introducing the concept of fullback, defender, sweeper and/or stopper
RIGHT WING: the SOARING EAGLE attacks the goal in the offensive right half and snatches the ball in the defensive right half as the right wing / mid
LEFT WING: the STEATHY OWL sneaks a shot into the net or swoops back to steal the ball from the other team as the left wing / mid
STRIKER: the ATTACKING TIGER pounces on the ball in the offensive half as the striker or forward
Each band identifies the designated position with an enlarged full animal image and a yellow highlighted box showing the area of the field their position should own and share with their teammates. The other positions are indicated by a smaller head of their respective animals for context.
Each band can be worn showing a "FRIENDLY" animal character or "FIERCE" animal character depending on their particular mood. Coaches may guide their players to switch from between FIERCE and FRIENDLY depending on the need to regulate each player's intensity - turn it up by looking at a "FIERCE" character or turn it down by looking at a "FRIENDLY" character.
The 4v4 1-2-1 formation creates a DIAMOND shape which is reinforced with a light green color on the band field design. The 1-2-1 formation also creates triangles and introduces offense, defense, and wing positions.
Two sets of color coded wristbands are provided which makes dynamic substitution easy! As substitutes are waiting on the sideline, pre-assign their position by putting a wristband on them. When its time to substitute players, just match the colors going on and off the field, Yellow off and Yellow on or Red off and Red on.
Substitution patterns can be used to ensure even play time and position rotation. Using a clockwise pattern going from Yellow > Red > Black > Blue helps to keep the rotation systematic.
Five players / one sub, rotation pattern example for players A - E:
Six players / two subs, rotation pattern example for players A - F:
Seven players / three subs, rotation pattern example for players A - G: