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Free Dribbling Drills for 8-year-old kids

Dribbling Drills – Partner Dribble


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• one player dribbles while his partner is (3-4 yds away) is going backwards acting as passive defender
• on coach’s command players switch roles

• specify how players must dribble (inside or outside of foot, left or right foot only etc.)

• head up
• soft touches
• change of speed
• body mechanics
• agility and balance
• contact surface of foot
• close control


Dribbling Drills – Cone Knock Down 7


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• each player must dribble with a ball at all times
• each team tries to knock down opponent’s cones and defend their own from inside the grid
• team wins if all cones of the opponent are knocked down

• each team has a designated defender who cannot score
• each team only has one ball
• play with only one ball
• adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

• communication
• head up
• change of speed & direction
• deception
• set up defender
• protect the ball
• vision
• close control
• decision making
• quality of preparation touch
• aggressive and positive mentality
• placement versus power

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