These stretches will take just a few minutes after each practice and game, but it’s time well spent. One coach contacted me to say his biggest challenge was parents who would want to whisk their kids away. Yes, we are in a hurry these days. Just email those team parents and let them know you are planning to stretch. This is an important part of their training. Then, welcome them to join you.
Here, in images, are stretches for the field. Remember to hold static stretches for 20-30 seconds to develop flexibility and fully stretch muscles which have been worked.
Hip flexor stretch: Be sure front knee goes no further than the big toe.
Hamstring stretch: Hip is pushed back, leg fully extended and toe up. Be sure both hips are "square" - that is, you're not leaning in.
Quadriceps stretch: Hips square, abdominals tight, pull heel toward glutes. Some like to hold hand in the air or put a finger on the belly button to remind the core to stay strong.
Quadriceps stretch (side-lying option): Support leg is slightly bent for balance. Keep torso straight and tummy tight. This fixes the pelvis in place to isolate anchor the stretch.
Achilles/Calf stretch: Be sure heel is pushed down to the ground and toe is pointed straight ahead. If heel cannot reach the ground, walk feet in and bend more at the waist.
Anterior shin stretch: Toe drags. Push laces toward the ground.
Inner thigh stretch: Use elbows to push thighs away for extra stretch.
Inner thigh stretch (alternative): Hands push from behind to intensify stretch. Added benefit - hamstring and calf can be stretched from this position.
Outer hip/piriformis stretch: I call this the "figure 4" stretch. Elbow pushes crossed knee away while extended leg is pulled in. Be sure hips are square.
Hamstring sit and reach stretch: Reach and hold toes to provide the best hamstring stretch. Can do one leg at a time or use a towel or band to pull.