FUNDAMENTAL JUGGLING PATTERNS

    

 

 

THE BIG DEBATE

There is often a big debate about the game functionality of juggling.

A player never juggles in a game, so it may appear that it is not a game functional skill.

 

However, the precision and weight of touch developed by mastering advanced juggling techniques, will have an impact on every touch a player has during the game.

JUGGLING IS IMPORTANT

    

BETTER TOUCH

A player with an advanced level of foot dexterity and precision of touch (in terms of weight and  direction) developed through advanced juggling practice, will usually have a much better touch in games.

ACCURACY OF TECHNIQUE

For players who can juggle, the accuracy of their first touch will be better, their ability to move the ball around their feet will be better, and their passing will be more accurate.

PLAY WITH THE HEAD UP

Also players with a better 'touch' learn to look at the ball less whilst interacting with it, and so critically this allows them to play with their head up, and so get a better picture of the game.

 

 

Playing with the head up (and seeing the game, not the ball) is key to being an advanced player.

But also note, it is not the be all and end all of development when young. If you don't like juggling and don't like practicing juggling then put it on the back burner while you develop in the game functional areas you do enjoy. You will need to be able to juggle eventually, and will need to do the work to master it, but it doesn't have to be the first thing you learn (and shouldn't be if it makes you not enjoy practicing, training and playing).

 

 

1 TO 12 JUGGLING DEVELOPMENT METHOD

Great for beginner jugglers.

Simply do 12 'single kick catch' juggles with dropping the ball.

Then do 6 'left right catch' juggles' with dropping the ball.

This continues until a player can do 12 left right juggles without catching or dropping the ball.

 

 

FUNDAMENTAL JUGGLING PATTERNS

Level #1 exercises are great for beginners as they can be a challenge without being frustratingly difficult.

 

Sit down Juggles

12-1s   :   6 - 2s

    

    

 

 

Bounce Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

   

    

 

 

Laces Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

   

    

 

 

Inside Shuffle Juggles

12-1s : 6 - 2s

   

    

 

 

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