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U6 Warm Up Drills

DRILL W-1: Fancy Footwork

Objective:

To get players used to controlling a ball at their feet.

Setup:

Have players stand in a designated area with ball. The area should be big enough that each player has 3 feet on either side. The area should also allow the coach to see all players at once while they perform the drills

Basic Activity:
  1. Tick Tocks: Each player stands over the ball with knees bent and touches the ball from the inside of his left foot to the inside of his right foot. They continue to pass the ball back and forth between the two feet
  2. Push-Pull: Each player pushes the ball forward with one foot and pulls the ball back with the same foot. The ball should only travel forward about 6 inches before it is pulled back. The player continues to alternate back and forth between each foot.
  3. Toe-Tap: Each player taps slightly on the top of the ball with the bottom of their foot. The feet are alternated after each tap. The player should be hopping from tap to tap, not just tapping with one foot and then placing on the ground to be followed by the other foot.
  4. Brushes: Each player takes their right foot and brushes over the top of the ball across their body. The right foot should end up over the left foot. Have the player complete 5 brushes with the left and 5 brushes with the right.
  5. Brush Tap: Each player takes their right foot and brushes over the top of the ball across their body. They then quickly stop the ball with the right foot. The player continues to complete the cycle of brush-tap for 5 sessions in one direction and then 5 sessions in the other direction.
Advanced Activity:
  1. Triangle: Each player pushes the ball back and forth between his two feet just like the tick tock. After a few touches the player pushes the ball out in front of themselves with one foot and pulls it back with the other foot. The ball will make the path of a triangle.
  2. Step Over (inside to outside): The player starts with the ball in front of them and then takes his left foot and steps over the top of the ball from the inside to the outside and then rests his foot around 6 inches on the outside of the ball. The player then uses the outside of his right foot to push the ball to the right side of his body. This push to the right side will eventually be a push around a defender.
  3. Step Over and Change Direction (outside to inside): The player starts with the ball in front of them and steps over the ball from the outside from the inside with their left foot. The left foot should end up on the outside and half way above the right foot. The player then turns 180 degrees and should have the ball directly in front of them and facing the other direction.
Coaching Considerations:

Time instructing proper technique here will pay off later. For those whose legs are shorter have them just touch either side of the ball for "Tick-Tocks"

DRILL W-2: Juggling Basics

Objective:

To develop individual ball control

Setup:

Have players stand in a designated area with ball. The area should be big enough that each player has 5 feet on either side. The area should also allow the coach to see all players at once while they perform the drills

Basic Activity:

First have each player stand on one foot lifting their leg to level. Then have them pickup their ball and hold it over their thigh. Then have them bring their thigh up to hit the ball while in their hands. Then have them try and bounce it off their thigh, not their knee. Have them count how many times they can bounce it off one thigh without touching it with their hands.

Advanced Activity:

Then have them bounce it from one thigh to the other

Coaching Considerations:

Kids at this age can barely balance on one foot, so don’t expect them all to be able to get this right away

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