The coach can introduce more juggling games once the players are fairly proficient at their juggling with their feet, thighs and head. This is a great way to start motivating the players to try and take it to the next level. I like to relate juggling to a video game - the kids should try and move up the different levels.
I always ask them "what is your favorite video game?" Juggling is the same thing - moving up the levels until the players become more comfortable with the soccer ball.
The kids have a lot of fun with the juggling test like the four minute juggle off. This is also a great way for the coach to measure the skill level of the players.
To start foot juggling...
Scoring: If the player gets 3 juggles and the ball hits the ground they can pick it up and keep going four, five , six...
Encourage the players to use good technique when they are using the foot to juggle the soccer ball - toe out - ankle locked so the ball hits the sweet spot.
Start the game thigh juggling...
Good technique is when the soccer ball hits the thigh and not the knee - the knee will cause the ball to bounce away.
To Start head juggling...
I always show the kids the difference because the ball hitting the top of the head really looks "goofy" and they get a big laugh out of it!!
The players can juggle with anything they want foot, thigh or head in the last game.
You have laid a foundation for the players by doing each of the other juggling skills separately. They will add to this total as they progress.
It can be quite easy for the some players to embellish a little but the coach will be able to tell who has been genuine based on the skill level.
Bring the scores to coach: I now have the kids come in and give me their scores so we can measure where the players are at this particular time.
Testing: I will come back two weeks later and see where the players are numbers wise and see if we have made progress. You can also tell at game time because you will see the touches improving in the soccer games.