Little kids are doers. They don’t want to stand around listening to an adult speak; they want to move and be active, which is exactly how they learn. A quality practice at the 8U age group focuses on a high amount of activity for kids. Using station-based practices helps segment kids into smaller groups and increases the involvement of each kid at each station.
When kids are moving and engaged, they are learning the motor skills that will help them succeed at the more advanced levels of our sport. The goal for coaches is to create stations that keep the kids active in a 1-to-1, or even 1-to-0, work-to-rest ratio at 8U. No lines, no laps and no lectures is a good way to think about how we go about delivering a quality practice for young players.