Passing vs dribbling?
This is a topic that seems to come up every season. I hear coaches trying to drum passing and tactics into young players. I start the other way because there are way more fun games for little guys when teaching dribbling first.
I start out by coaching dribbling for these reasons...
I love seeing young players dribbling down the field, taking players on, going to goal and scoring...the kids love it as well!
Teaching dribbling first...
I do teach the players passing technique as we go along so the players naturally start getting their heads up and seeing the passes...they are comfortable with the soccer ball.
The little soccer touches that players learn and become comfortable with will help the kids down the line, which means having fun and staying in the game of soccer.
Adding in passing...
Once the players can dribble the soccer ball - go 1v1 against defenders, combining this with good passes the coach will have more complete soccer players - this does require some patience.
Know you have the reasons why Passing vs dribbling should always start with dribbling.
What is your opinion? Throw in your two cents with comments, opinions and suggestions - lets see what the consenus is??
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