- Setup 1 cone per player in a circle formation, with 1 cone in the middle.
- Each player needs their own ball
- Each player starts at their own cone
- Use the following commands:
- 1: stop the ball, do a somersault and go to next ball
- 2: stop the ball, do high knees to the next ball
- 3: stop the ball, side to side shuffle to the next ball
- speed up the commands and give the team very little downtime to rest
- call out the numbers at random
Hi I’m Chai Nakpiban and today we’ll be exploring the Skilled Circle Drill with Dribbling and Agility. This drill will help your players develop dribbling skills, agility, and mental focus.To setup this drill, you’ll need one cone per player setup in a circle formation about 15 yards wide.We only have 4 in our group but to give you a visual representation of what this drill will look like with a full team, we setup 8 cones with 1 cone in the middle.
Next, get your players evenly spaced out at 1 player per cone. Here’s how this one works and this one is kinda like a game. This drill begins with all players dribbling at a casual speed around the cones.If the coach yells “One” the players should stop the ball using the bottom of their foot, do a somersault and then proceed to dribble the ball in front of them.If the coach yells “Two” the players should stop the ball using the bottom of their foot, do high knees to the ball in front of them and then proceed dribbling. And if the coach yells “Three” they players should stop the ball using the bottom of their foot, do a side to side shuffle, and then proceed to dribble the ball in front of them.
To get the most out of this drill, rehearse each number a few times before moving onto the next so your players can get the numbers and movements down. So you’ll want to call out “One” a few times and observe your team.Were they able to perform a somersault? Did the ball come to a complete stop? You might see things like a ball rolling or a player moving in the wrong direction. Just make sure to reinforce that the ball should not be rolling at all and all players should be moving in the same direction. So after they have one number down, move to the next number, 2, which is High Knees. After they’ve mastered that, move to number 3, which is the side to side shuffle. And after they’ve mastered all 3, call out the numbers at random to challenge them. And finally, if they need even more of a challenge, have them dribble at a faster speed. Feel free to make up your own movements and be creative with this one. If you have younger kids, you could do something like have them walk like a duck to the next ball or fly like Superman – anything you want, it’s up to you.