Skills and Position-specific Training 2017-2018

THPFC offers a variety of training programs to help players elevate their games.

Ball Striking

THPFC’s Ball Striking program enhances players’ ball striking abilities.

Intended for attacking players – and those that simply want to score more goals – this program exposes players to different ball-striking techniques.  Players perform a variety of drills and exercises that combine player movement with ball striking on goal.  Players are taught strategies for attacking the goal and insights into self-correcting their techniques.

Goalkeeper Training

Goalkeepers require training specific to their role.  THPFC offers goalkeeper training to help keepers hone their skills and increase their confidence.  Training sessions will be conducted by THPFC’s licensed technical staff specializing in the position.  Each session will focus on different, age-appropriate aspects of goalkeeping.

Topics covered during the program include:

  • Basics – ready position, ball striking, ball handling, punching, throwing;
  • Shot stopping – ball tracking, pressure saves, reflex saves, diving;
  • Conditioning – exercises to increase foot speed, agility, strength and flexibility;
  • Positioning – reading the game, narrowing angles, defending 1v1, preparing for crosses and corner kicks;
  • Game management – reacting to pressure, positioning defenders, ball retention, distributing the ball, initiating counter attacks.

Goal Keeper Training typically runs concurrently with THPFC’s Ball Striking program to ensure keepers face plenty of shots.

Ball Mastery / SAQ 

THPFC’s Ball Mastery program focuses on an individual player’s ball control.  Players learn to:

  • Control the ball with both feet;
  • Use the inside foot, outside foot, sole and heel for quick ball movements and change of direction;
  • Maintain close ball control at pace;
  • Receive passes with correct position to maintain close control and intended direction (directional first touch).

Players apply these technical skills in 1v1, 2v1 and 2v2 situations to improve their overall confidence with the ball.

The Speed, Agility, Quickness (SAQ) component of this program offers age- and stage-appropriate drills and exercises to promote efficient and functional movement and enhanced physical literacy.  The benefits of SAQ include:

  • Increased athletic performance;
  • Improved overall fitness;
  • Injury prevention; and,
  • Reduced risk of long-term physical ailments.

 “Physical Literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write.  The most important step toward developing physical literacy is mastering fundamental movement skills.”

- Canadian Sport for Life Website

"The rates of childhood obesity and inactivity are clearly on the rise and if we hope to combat this epidemic, we must take action now.  Research shows that without the development of physical literacy, many children and youth withdraw from physical activity and sport and turn to more inactive and/or unhealthy choices during their leisure time."

- Physical Health and Education Canada.

 

Schedule

Please note, age identifiers (e.g. U08) are based on a player’s age as of December 31, 2018.

Toronto High Park Skills and Position-specific Training 2017-18

Program

Gender

Age Group

Day and Time

Start Date / End Date

Exclusion Dates

Location

Ball Striking

Boys and Girls

U08(2010) to U12(2006)

Fridays from 6:00pm to 6:55pm

2017.11.10 / 2018.04.06

2017.12.29, 2018.01.05, 2018.03.16, 2018.03.30

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Ball Striking

Boys and Girls

U13(2005) to U18(2000)

Fridays from 7:00pm to 7:55pm

2017.11.10 / 2018.04.06

2017.12.29, 2018.01.05, 2018.03.16, 2018.03.30

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Goal Keeper Training

Boys and Girls

U08(2010) to U12(2006)

Fridays from 6:00pm to 6:55pm

2017.11.10 / 2018.04.06

2017.12.29, 2018.01.05, 2018.03.16, 2018.03.30

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Goal Keeper Training

Boys and Girls

U13(2005) to U18(2000)

Fridays from 7:00pm to 7:55pm

2017.11.10 / 2018.04.06

2017.12.29, 2018.01.05, 2018.03.16, 2018.03.30

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Ball Mastery / SAQ

Boys and Girls

U09(2009) to U12(2006)

Saturdays from 10:00am to 10:55am

2017.11.11 / 2018.04.07

2017.12.23, 2017.12.30, 2018.03.10, 2018.03.31

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Ball Mastery / SAQ

Boys and Girls

U09(2009) to U12(2006)

Sundays from 4:00pm to 4:55pm

2017.11.12 / 2018.04.08

2017.12.24, 2017.12.31, 2018.03.11, 2018.04.01

Lakeshore Collegiate Institute (LCI)

Ball Mastery / SAQ

Boys and Girls

U13 (2005) to U16 (2002)

Fridays from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

2017.11.10 / 2018.04.07

2017.12.29, 2018.01.05, 2018.03.16, 2018.03.30

Humberside CI

 Fees

 Program

One Session per Week for 18 weeks

Ball Striking

$325.00

Goal Keeper Training

$295.00

Ball Mastery / SAQ 

$325.00

 

Many of THPFC’s players participate on indoor winter league teams. These players have minimum training requirements to be eligible for winter league play.  THPFC’s Skills and Position-specific Training programs count towards these minimum requirements.

 Minimum Training Requirements for Winter League Play

If players wish to play on a winter league team, they must commit to a minimum of two club-offered training sessions per week, one of which must be winter club training.  Only players who attend two such sessions per week are eligible to participate on an indoor winter league team, with one notable exception as follows.  Players participating in a second competitive winter sport may attend only one winter club training session each week, and be eligible for indoor winter league play.  Such two sport athletes are required to provide details of their second sport to their director of coaching/head coach.  Once their other sport season is complete, they are expected to attend as many training sessions as possible.


 

 

Club Sponsors

WEU/Swansea 2017

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