(Guest Post by Lead Coach Kim)
Thought the season, we practice Toe Touches. What is so great about this skill is that it is a variation on Stop/Control Position and is useful to develop touch and control of the ball when playing soccer.
Check out a Soccer Shots Coach demonstrating Toe Touches!
We explain Toe Touches by telling the children that this move is similar to doing fast stop positions which makes it easier for them to understand. This skill helps to develop control of the ball, which is important during occasions when the kids are dribbling and need to quickly stop the ball for just a moment before continuing to dribble. Balance and quickness are also enhanced by the need to be able to hop from one foot to the next to do the toe touches, which isn’t always easy to do. It also helps young players to improve their gross motor skills and be faster on their feet.
Speed is essential to soccer, as we will talk more about next time. It is good for young players to learn little by little to be quicker on their feet and to have more overall control of the ball, balance, and coordination. Toe Touches are a great way to teach and perfect these abilities, even professional soccer players spend a significant amount of time practicing variations of toe touches!
This fall, for the second time, we will take on a sometimes difficult, but incredibly meaningful, task…
… To begin conversations with our soccer players about GENEROSITY and to model EMPATHY.
… To teach our soccer players about giving to others that have less than they do, and to plant the seeds for the ability to put themselves in another’s shoes.
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(Guest Post by Lead Coach Kim)
This week we are covering the Pull Back move. The great thing about this move is that since we taught the Stop/Control Position last week, the kids are now set up to do the Pull Back move.
The Pull Back move is taught so that the children learn how to change directions when dribbling the ball. This move is really easy to explain and is a fun move to learn. It starts out with the child standing in Stop/Control Position then just rolling the ball behind them. The kids love it when we pretend that we don’t know where the ball is and they have to tell us or show us that it is behind us.
There are many games we use to showcase our Pull Back move. The most popular are the Mr. Fox and Pirate Ship games. What makes these games so effective is how they engage the children on their level. The games take something they really like and put a Soccer Shots twist on it. By doing that, it really helps them remember the move by associating it with the game. I have children who have done multiple seasons who remember a lot of moves just by recognizing the games we play.
The Pull Back is a very useful move that can help kids when they are playing scrimmage by teaching them how to keep the ball close to them but away from the other team. It is just one of many moves we use to set them up for later soccer success.