This is an easy-to-play tag game that encourages youngsters to dribble the ball and turn away from defenders. It can be used a warm-up or as part of a session on dribbling or just for fun! MORE
Dribble the ball 5 yards with one complete turn (U10 activity)
BALL CONTROL 3
Dribble the ball 5 yards with one complete turn
“Keep your eyes on the ball” • “Look up to see where the cone is” • “Look up often as you dribble” • “Turn around the cone using the outside of your foot”
Set up an 8 x 8 yards area with a cone on each corner and a 1 x 1 yard cone square in the centre. Put a player with a ball on each of the outer cones.
When you say “go”, the players dribble to the centre square, turn around the nearest cone and dribble back to their starting point.
Right-footed players can use a hook turn (see page 84) with the outside of the foot to get round the cone, and left-footers can use the inside of the foot. However, give them free reign to get around the cone the best way they can at first; just ask them to try and keep the ball close to their feet.
Some players may want to stop the ball before they turn. This is okay as it helps their confidence to make the turn – you will find that turning technique will gradually get better during the season.
How many players do I need?
This activity needs at least four players with a player on each corner. You can line up players on each corner if numbers are high.