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BobC

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U15 Girls. Looking for any ideas on training activities specifically designed to help improve first touch and overall ball control.

The girls are specifically having trouble with the ball bouncing off of them too hard when they attempt to receive, and also with toe-poking the ball when the dribble and having it get too far away from them.

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Bob, more than likely when receiving the ball your girls are either receiving the ball with the receiving foot moving into the ball (actually kicking the ball) or they are standing with weight on the receiving foot. The initial correction is to get them to give as the ball arrives. Later, for tighter control, they need to step down on the ball as it arrives, imparting back spin. But one thing at a time. Watch them; diagnose the cause; then plan the correction.
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Interesting thought. So you're saying step down with the receiving foot, when the ball arrives?
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Yes. Actually, not so much on the ball as on the very edge that will touch the foot that is receiving. The step down and on the edge imparts back spin and "glues" the ball to the foot.
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Ahh,I see what you're saying. Worth a shot, maybe I better see if I can do it first though [smile]
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I have the same issue with a bunch of my u15 girls. Besides telling them to pull back on touch. I tell them to relax the leg so that when the ball hits it the leg will move back depleting the balls energy. that seems to help the most for my girls that have trouble pulling the leg back.

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Good tip, thanks
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Its Cushion or Wood
Depends on whether they want to control the ball instantly to the ground or whether they need to move the ball away from any challenge/pressure

If to the ground then they mentally think of 'Cushion' = How would a cushion react on contact?
And so the receiver 'withdraws' the controlling surface = moves in the direction the ball is moving

If away from the challenge then they mentally think of 'Wood'= How would Wood react on contact? And so the receiver 'stiffens' the controlling surface = Allows enough 'give' to move the ball in the desired direction

This decision is based on 3 things:
1. Seeing the balls flight early
2. Is there any challenge?
3. What do I want to DO with the ball?

Good little drill. In pairs
.......................................*     1     *

Server o..........................4.......X.....3

.......................................*    2      *

Server plays and calls 1,2,3 or 4 = X controls the pass between that numbered cones befor returning back to the server and returning to centre of grid
If server calls nothing then X controls the pass INSIDE the grid before returning
You can alter the types of serves -
- In air
- Bouncing
- Angled / 3 servers

Server2 o

.......................................*     1     *

Server1 o..........................4.......X.....3

.......................................*    2      *

Server3 o

 

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Kev, I like the wood versus cushion concept.

For the drill, the numbers would be wood and no number would be cushion, correct?


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Kev, I like the wood versus cushion concept.

For the drill, the numbers would be wood and no number would be cushion, correct?


Sorry for being late with this
Yes, numbers would be wood, no number would be cushion

Progression

In 4's

............................................D1

.......................................*            *

Server o.................................X...............D3

.......................................*            *

............................................D2

X faces Defender 3 (D3) while server signals to D1, D2 & D3
As server calls, X turns to face the server who passes to them.
at the same time, the nominated D dashes in to pressure the ball and X has to instantly control the ball AWAY from the challenging defender and returning the ball to the server on the second touch before returning to the middle of the grid for the server to repeat.
i.e.
Server calls D3 and X controls to the left towards D2 or right towards D1
Server calls D1 then X controls towards D3 or D2 etc

When X reaches 10 successful attempts they rotate;
X is D1, D2 to D3, D3 to server, server to X

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I don't know if this will help (it's not a training activity), but in this video, we see Neymar, Jr. receiving pretty well (plus flair) at around 0:24. He times his jump to be falling with the ball's arc/cushioning it. At 0:36 or so, his timing of his motion is not good, so the ball bounces away, and the defender gets it:



It's interesting to see the 3rd best player in the world (supposedly) get it right and get it wrong and why/how.
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I saw a game a few days ago on youtube to work on this but I can't find it now.

It was a coned off playing area about 20 x 10 meters.  With a rope dividing the long part of the court in half.  The rope was elevated about half meter or so off the ground.  Two players on each side and they had to knock the ball back and forth under the rope.  All one touch, one team mate received the ball, the other knocked it to the other side.  One team got a point if the other team had an errant touch that took the ball out of the cones, or they didn't get it back across under the rope.

So the way it worked was the player who received the ball had to control it, ideally into a good position for his team mate to knock it back across.  Because you're trying to make the other team mess up, the balls were knocked under the rope with good pace. 
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