At this age the coach’s task is to provide the opportunity to play soccer. These students have minds and bodies that are like sponges and we need to keep their attention. The instruction can be directed at the development of the entire player, their physical, cognitive, social and psychological needs.
Remember U10 players are still children not adult players, their attention span is getting a little longer than last year but still not fully developed. Their motion is gaining in balance and strength but not yet fully developed. Psychologically U10 children are becoming stronger in understanding how to cooperate and share with others. Boys and Girls are beginning to develop at different speeds, girls getting their growth spurts a little earlier. Motor skills overall are becoming more refined. Muscle memory is very elastic and receptive to good instruction. At this age player memory is absorbing content as fast as it can be delivered and players are able to think ahead because they can tap into new information they have recently experienced.