Welcome to Drill of the Week, a new series on ACTIVEkids.com that will explain individual and team drills for parents and coaches to help kids improve at the sports they love.
This week's drill is Tri-Skills, a soccer dribbling exercise brought to you by TheDrillbook.com.
Tri-Skills is a high-repetition, unopposed dribbling and turning skill drill. Using a 2x2x2 yard triangle, players work in pairs with a ball each. When one player enters the middle of the triangle that player must perform a dribble move (i.e., shoulder feint, step over, etc.) before exiting. After exiting, the player must perform a turn with the ball to face the triangle as quickly as possible.
As the first player exits the triangle, the second player enters and performs the same exercise. The two players continue to take turns dribbling through the triangle to perform different dribble moves for about 20-30 seconds at a time before being allowed to rest. Encourage the players to progress from simple dribbles to more complex moves throughout the practice.
Key Teaching Points
Dribbling: Instruct players to keep a low center of gravity and use the whole body to sell the move and deceive the opponent. Use small touches to keep control on approach and bigger touches to exit after the move. Use a variation of moves that are age- and ability-appropriate.
Turning: Players should decelerate and shift body weight to turn around while simultaneously stopping the ball from moving in one direction and redirecting it in another. Use a variety of turning moves that are age- and ability-appropriate.
For a visual demonstration of the Tri-Skills drill, watch the video below or click here .