INTRODUCING ELEVATED BALL MASTERY
Before you read anything :
What is Elevated Ball Mastery ?
- It is a different way of saying juggling, but using the term 'juggling' might not convey the full depth and difficulty of the topic
- Juggling quite often evokes the image of a person keeping the ball off the ground for as long as possible. Players take great pride in saying they can do a 1000 juggles, and usually that is all they believe juggling is about. 'But juggling / elevated ball mastery' is so much more than this
- Hopefully the next few pages get this message across and help players improve their 'juggling' in ways they may never have thought of.
Is Elevated Ball Mastery Game Functional?
- Some coaches /players do not believe in improving their ability to juggle. They believe that juggling doesn't have an obvious place in the game and so is a waste of time developing
- They believe that, yes - players need to deal with the ball when it is off the ground in games, but usually with the objective of getting the ball back on to the ground as soon as possible. (Not keep it up in the air for 'x' amount of times)
- With this is mind, it would seem odd to practice something that goes against (is the opposite of) what you would want to do in a game
- So a valid question would be; Why would you spend valuable development time learning to juggle?
Why is Elevated Ball Mastery important?
- It is all to do with precision of touch. With the development of fine motor control.
- Juggling, especially advanced techniques require a precision of touch that is hard to practice in any other way
- This precision of touch can be transferred to every technique in the game. The more precise the touch and the greater the 'fine motor control' a player has, the better their first touch, passing, ball moving and finishing will be
- Juggling also allows a massive amount of touch repetition, a key essential ingredient to development and the development of fine motor skills
- Player who develops good ball mastery from a young age wont ever recognize the benefits of this practice and will probably believe their precision of touch on the ball is natural
- However players who learn advanced juggling techniques at a later age will definitely feel a tangible difference to their touch in every other technical area.
It is a long term process
Advanced Juggling Exercises
(if you can't do these - start practicing)
- Juggling is hard
- At the beginning young players really struggle to do more than just a handful of 'keeppie uppies', and they often get very frustrated by the process. Some even begin to dread it and avoid it if at all possible
- So young players should not be forced to learn to juggle if they are not ready for the challenge
- When players decide they want to juggle and start to practice on their own then that is when the improvement will occur
- Once serious practice begins basic juggling becomes easy (it doesnt take long) and that is where most players stop developing there elevated ball mastery ability. They can do 100 or even 1000 basic standing juggles without any real aim or challenge in mind other than keeping it up (in whatever way works)
- However there is so much more development available to players. The following pages offer a framework for this development
- But note, it is a long term project. Some of these techniques will take years to be comfortable with
- So start when your are ready and keep going (regardless of age) until you can do all the challenges laid down in this website
How does a player who can't juggle develop a highly advanced 'weight and precision' of touch? The following pages in this section will give you an idea of how this can be achieved. But note; It is a long term project in which progression is slow.
Try the what level are you : ' JUGGLING CHALLENGE' .
Have fun and Good luck