Ask them what direction is your toe pointing when you do a solo – Answer “Up to your nose”
Demonstrate – We wrap our toe’s around the front of the ball to bring the ball towards your hands to catch
Ask players what hand they drop the ball from for right leg solo and visa versa – Answer right hand right leg .This is very important as some players will drop from the incorrect hand. This is especially true when we encourage/force them to solo with the weaker leg. It will take many attempts over time, as well as repeated Questions to get this technique to sink into a players mind.
For Under 10 or strong players encourage them to drop the ball from one hand, solo and catch with two –this prevents the player spinning the ball
When soloing at speed or when using the weaker foot a common error is the ball not coming back up the hand to be caught. This is because the player is not kicking the ball hard enough.. Re-message this by Asking “ We don’t tip it Answer –We kick it
Some players solo by bringing the foot up towards the ball before releasing the ball and this will prevent a player from ever soloing at speed. Fix this by demonstrating the leg must be straight when making contact with the ball for players to solo at full speed. The leg can only be straight when it makes contact with the ball by waiting until the ball almost hits the ground before the foot makes contact. . For Under 8s with this problem we can fix this by getting the player to have their elbows straight (stress elbows straight) and hold the ball with both hands down at pocket level, away from the body. Ask the player to release ball by taking his hands away to the side and wait until the ball almost hits the ground before the foot makes contact.
Players holding the ball in the incorrect hand , right hand for left leg solo and left hand for right leg solo
Refresh: Ask Players Questions
1) Ask them if they are striking the ball with the Right hand then everything else is – Answer Everything else is Left
Start by asking the players are we allowed to touch the ball while it is on the ground