Not all good jugglers are good soccer players – BUT all good soccer players are good jugglers.
Juggling is the art of keeping the soccer ball in the air by bouncing it off your foot, thigh, head, chest, back and shoulder (no hands allowed). Soccer juggling will strengthen players overall ball control and game. Juggling is a fundamental skill that is necessary in developing great “touch” with the soccer ball.
Purpose of the MNSA Juggling Club is to encourage a fun way for our players to become more technical (fundamentally sound). It will also encourage them to use their soccer ball on a more consistent basis. Juggling is a very useful tool in helping players to “own” the ball.
How to Juggle: Daily juggling at home is best. Work on all surfaces of your body until you are comfortable using any body part to control the ball. Your touches will increase as you practice and have fun. You can juggle any time you want, it just takes you, a ball and a little space. Challenge yourself and keep track of your personal best.
- Coaches must witness the juggling.
- To qualify to test for a patch, a player must have juggled for 2 hours (20 minutes/day) signed off by their parent. Each team coach will be responsible for testing and adhering to the policies of the club. Test can be performed at any practice during the week. Players get 2 chances during a test to move up a level and receive the next patch.
- Ball must be kept in the air for consecutive touches. Player returns to zero if ball hits the ground
- U7-U10 may start with their hands, 1st touch must be with the foot, & all body parts count as a point.
- U11-U17 must use feet to pick up the ball. Touches with the feet count toward the total number of juggles. All other body parts can be used but they do not count toward the total number of juggles. For example: foot, foot, thigh, head, foot, counts as 3 juggles.
- For each age group a color patch will be awarded for different levels of achievement. The patches can be put on your team bag. (Not on uniforms)
- Coaches are to report players to Matt Hood and John Schlater for posting levels, names of players, and the number of consecutive touches to the MNSA website under Juggling Club Tab and to receive the player’s juggling patch.