U8-U11: Individual Home Skills Program

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Welcome to our home skills program, everyone!  We have partnered with our friends at Tampa Bay United Rowdies to bring you some fun ideas for your kids to continue working on their soccer skills during this period of time at home!

This program has been created to allow players to work at home on their own with little/no equipment needed. We have set the program up with community protection in mind at this difficult time, with the thought of allowing players to work with just a ball and a small piece of grass available to them. For younger children, parents will need to guide their children through the exercises.  To be clear, doing the home skills program, as well as the At Home Training program in one period will be equivalent to a full training session.

Players should do the same practices two to three times a week for the next four weeks or if you want to be challenged further, browse the Home Skills Program Youtube Channel.

Here’s how the program will work:

  • Practices- We will be adding all practices to YouTube for easy access. Each practice will consist of:
    • Individual Ball mastery exercises – parents should be available to guide players through the exercises
    • Skill of the week – one skill or combination of skills will be the focus for an entire week of practices. Parents can record their child performing the skills in a video and send them in to [email protected] We will take a look at all submissions each week and pick the best submissions per age group whose videos will be posted on our social media accounts. Remember to include your full name, age and team name!

WEEK of MAR 30

Continue with the Individual Skills Program as below in Week of Mar 23.  Here is your new Skill of the Week!

WEEK OF MAR 23

Tampa Bay Rowdies Individual Skills Program- Day 1

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (18 mins)
  1. Inside, inside moving forward (foundation move)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  2. Toe taps moving forward – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  3. 2 skill combo- Cruyff turn, scissor cut- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets

Tampa Bay Rowdies Individual Skills Program- Day 2

  • Juggling challenges (9 mins)
  1. Right foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  2. Left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  3. Right foot, left foot juggling with bounce in between (2 mins work, 1 min rest)
  • Individual skills section (18 mins)
  1. Inside, inside moving forward (foundation move)- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  2. Toe taps moving forward – 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 sets
  3. Skill combo- drag back, Ronaldo chop- 2 mins work, 1 min rest x 2 set

3. TBU Rowdies Challenge of the Week- Figure 8 Dribbling challenge

How does the challenge work?

In the Challenge of the Week, players will be given a time limit of 60 seconds to complete the Figure 8 dribbling challenge. Players will take note of their score number for the exercise and attempt to beat their own score the next day. Players wanting to compete against team-mates should video their challenge and send in their video with their score in an email to [email protected] with your name, age and team. We will post top videos each week. You can attempt this each day of the week and send in the video of your top score. *Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post.

What is the challenge?

Players will put down three cones or three pairs of shoes as shown below. Each shoe or cone should have 3 yards of space between them. Players will start at Point A, dribbling in and out of the cones with inside, inside dribbling through Point B to Point C in a figure 8 movement. When arriving at Point C, players should turn and dribble back with inside, inside dribbling towards Point B and then Point A in the same figure 8 movement.  Arriving from Point A back to Point A counts as 1 point. Continue for 60 seconds.

TBU Dribbling Challenge | SoccerSpecific.com

4. TBU Rowdies Skill of the Week – MAR 23 (5 mins)

  • Skill combo- drag back, Ronaldo chop- then add your own skill to complete.
  • *Extra points for entertainment and creative thinking in your post. Make it your OWN!
  • You can view this in the Day 2 Video at 1:05 minutes.