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Doing a good workout is never easy, all coaches will tell you that, so it's important to put the "chances" on your side. It is essential to prepare your session well and to plan time beforehand, to anticipate the different exercises. Preparing your training session well will help you arrive on the pitch knowing the theme and objectives of your session, the exercises you are going to put in place, the course of the session and the different messages you want to convey to the players.

1. Prepare for your session (at most the day before)

I advise you to prepare your training session the day before. Take some time beforehand to define the objective of the session as well as the different exercises you want to put in place. This will help you enormously and avoid rushing the day of your session. You can pick from the various ebooks on the site to best prepare your training.

It is also very important that you arrive early for your training sessions. Preparing for training and setting up workshops can take some time, and there is nothing worse for a player than having to wait for their coach to set up a drill. So remember to arrive on the pitch about 15-30 minutes before the start of the session. Prepare the first workshops of the session (if possible) and start defining the different teams if there are last minute changes.

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Preparing your session the day before allows you to plan your equipment

2. Plan a welcome drill

So that's a little novelty, which I stole from football. It is done a lot in amateur clubs and I find it very good. Players working, they often arrive at different times (of course everyone is on time for the start of the session). Plan a few balls to make available to your team and organize, for example, the game of crossbars: each player takes turns shooting 9m and must touch the crossbar. 3 shots each, the winner gives a guarantee to the losers.

3. Brief the players before the session

Essential point and too often neglected by most coaches at the amateur level: the pre-session brief. This is an essential step during which you will detail to your players the content of the session, but also the theme and the main message that you want to convey to them.

It's important that your team knows what you expect from them in the session, in relation to the weekend match or the work cycle.

Once your speech is finished, you can start with your pre-session warmup drills.

The welcome exercise, a novelty that I took from football

4. Manage the pace of the session

The most important aspect of a handball practice session is rhythm. You need to think about the pace of your session as much as your exercises. Whether you set up defensive drills or tactical situations, you must plan the different breaks between each drill so that your players remain in a constant rhythm.

So remember to plan drink breaks, moments of exchange and of course the return to calm at the end of the session.

Your drill should also be paced, so don't hesitate to offer different variations of the same exercise to avoid repetition. Be imaginative, I find that we are sorely lacking in imagination in the construction of our sessions. Thinking outside the box will surprise your players and make them adhere to your project.

5. Offer varied and quality drills

If there's one thing that players hate, it's monotonous training sessions with not very elaborate drills. It is for this reason that you must constantly improve the training drills you offer your players. Use creative exercises and vary the workshops so that your players stay focused throughout the session.

Do not think on the other hand that you should never redo an exercise, on the contrary, if you want there to be learning you must repeat your exercises regularly, on the other hand do not hesitate to change a space, an object, an instruction to make it more attractive

Vary your drill so that your players have maximum pleasure

6. Take stock of the session

I recommend that you always end your sessions with a short review, especially with senior players, who will expect feedback from you on the collective performance of the group during this training.

A handball training session is therefore not just a succession of workshops and exercises. A training session requires preparation and a sense of anticipation, so as not to have to improvise too much on D-Day.

You will not be able to anticipate everything, there will necessarily be unforeseen events, so try to have as many as possible if you want to offer quality sessions.


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