The basic format for this series of drills is one-player/one-ball moving from one sideline (touch-line) to the other sideline (touch-line), on a full-sized field, upon the coach’s command. The distance can be modified using cones to be made age-appropriate. Similarly, more difficult techniques can be dropped to be age-appropriate.
“Running Through” the Ball
Player tosses the ball up and out; then sprints to it in order to collect it after one bounce; contacts the ball using the head, chest, thigh, or foot in order to get it under initial control; gets the ball down to the turf while still running; then speed dribbles to the sideline (touch-line). It is extremely important that the player be coached that he or she is not to stop when contacting and controlling the ball, but to continue at the fastest possible pace, bringing the ball down to the turf while on the run.
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