Risk Taking Assessment Game
Risk Taking Game ranks players from very high to very low risk takers.
Use Risk Taking Assessment Form for practices this game is played in.
DO NOT tell players this is an assessment game, what you are looking to learn or how the game is scored. You want to assess their usual playing behavior. If you tell them more than the rules of the game they may modify their behavior.
Each player dribbles their own ball in a practice grid or the center circle of the field. When the coach yells "knock out" players protect their own ball while trying to knock the other player's ball out of the area. When a player's ball is knocked out of the game that player instantly get's their ball and dribbles around the outside of the grid or circle. When there are 2 or 3 players left declare a draw and restart the game.
Players become bored, lose focus and do not make the same effort if too many players are in this game. If you have 14 or more players to evaluate divide the players into two groups and play side by side games. Move the players between games from time to time.
Effort Assessment - Players play in games the way they practice. Players who are lazy in practices will usually let their teammates down in games. The assessment game also includes instantly getting the ball when it goes out and then dribbling around the area.
In column 3 of the assessment form rate each player's effort in each game, including dribbling around the area when their ball is knocked out of the game. Given the following scores:
Typical Personality Types of Players in Soccer
Player Risk Taking Assessment
Supporting Teammate With the Ball
1st Defender Assessment
2nd Defender Assessment