WHY JUGGLE?: Juggling is the art of keeping a soccer ball up in the air by bouncing it off of your feet, thighs, chest, and head. Soccer juggling will strengthen your overall ball control and game and it’s lots of FUN. Juggling is a fundamental soccer skill that is a must in establishing good “touch”. And you can juggle almost anywhere – all you need is a ball.
HOW TO JUGGLE: Hold the ball out in front of you, take a deep breath to relax, and then drop the ball down to the laces on your shoes. Try keeping the ball up for 2 or 3 times before catching it again. Do this until you feel comfortable and then start trying to beat your score. It’s that simple! (More experienced jugglers should start with the ball on the ground and use their feet to get started. Two rules: no hands and no bounces on the ground! Try to remember to stay calm and relaxed when juggling and keep the ball close to you. Also, try to use both feet and different body parts. Change it up!
BENEFITS OF JUGGLING: Gain more confidence on the ball while increasing overall skill. Soccer juggling is the best exercise to develop touch with the soccer ball. When juggling, learning to control the body is very important. Being able to make quick, bodily adjustments with all muscles is developed through juggling. Better balance will enable a soccer player to move to the right, while maintaining balance to shoot the ball to the left, etc. With good juggling skills, players will make better passes, beat defenders more easily, and be able to hold the ball against defensive pressure, because of better touch on the ball.
HOW TO “JOIN THE CLUB”: All juggles must be done in front of your Coach. Your coach will report your juggling score to the Technical Director and your name will be listed on our website!
PRIZES: In addition to having your name listed on our website, all players who achieve Expert status (100 juggles) will receive a soccer jersey.
CHYSC’s 1st HONORARY JUGGLING CLUB MEMBER: Check out the freestyling juggling tricks of Indi Cowie and you will be both inspired and amazed!