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The key to jugging is breathing

Top of the foot

All foot techniques (Inside, Outside, Top) can be applied to juggling, striking, and redirection volleying.

Why is this useful?

It improves our overall touch on the ball and introduces the knee snap, which is seen in every shooting technique. The dorsiflex foot and snapping of the knee also directly mimic the technique for the high lofted ball.

Visual Cues

Notice he has no knee snap and struggling to get the power to catch the ball.

  • Ball is out of control
  • Player is reaching for the ball
  • The ball has no back spin
  • No knee snap, leg is swinging for the ball

Coaching Points

  • Foot is dorsiflex
  • Reach for the farthest part of the ball
  • Focus on getting back spin on the ball (so then it comes back to you)
  • Snap your knee don't reach
  • Ball and foot hitting the ball should stay below the knee height.
  • "poke poke poke the ball"
Notice he is snapping his knee not reaching out to get the ball. Foot is dorsiflex focusing on getting back spin on the ball. Foot and ball shouldn't go above knee height.

Progressions and Regressions

For all techniques watching the ball hit the surface they are juggling with is very important

Inside of the foot

Why is the useful?

The inside of the foot juggle introduces the student to shoulder hip displacement. Particularly with younger students, there hips and shoulders will move together. However, all shooting techniques use shoulder hip displacement to generate power and this skill reinforces that movement. The inside of the foot also mimics the movement of the inside of the foot volley.

Visual Cues
  • Can see leg swinging out first
  • The ball is not coming straight back up
  • Is hitting the ball with the wrong part of the foot
The knee drives up first to hip height. Then the knee flicks up and contacts the ball with a flexed foot. The ball should pop right back up with no spin.

Coaching Points

  • "Keep your foot flat like a table on contact with the ball"
  • "Flick the leg out after driving the knee up"
  • Keep ankle dorsiflex and ankle locked.

Progressions and Regressions

Make sure the foot hits the ball while flat. If the ankle is floppy, the ball will have spin and will not go straight up.

Outside of the foot

Why is this useful?

The outside of the foot helps introduce shoulder hip displacement. This also helps with hip flexibility and can be a indicator that the hips are tight. It can be used as a flick over the head for a quick change of direction.

Visual Cues

  • Foot is not parallel to the ball.
  • Ball looks like it is rolling off their foot
  • Ball hits the heel of their foot.
Notice that her knee comes up first and then she pops her low leg, rotating her hips. Her foot becomes dorsiflex and remains flat through contact with the ball.

Coaching Points

  • "Keep your foot flat like a table"
  • "Drive up and pop out"
  • "Hit the ball by your butt"

Progressions and Regressions

Both Thighs

Visual Cues

  • Knee is past 90ยบ and is acute, calf is not perpendicular to the ground
  • The thighs aren't flat and parallel to the ground
  • The ball is being hit forward and isn't coming up to about their head or chest
  • The ball is roll off their thigh and not popping up

Coaching Points

  • "Keep the thigh flat like a table"
  • "Drive the knee up and meet the ball"
  • "Keep your weight on your standing foot, leaning slightly backwards"

Progressions and Regressions

Head JUggling

Head Juggling is only one of the ways to use the head, there is also head strikes and redirection headers.

Visual Cues

Created By
Billy Pannek Courtney Mohs
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Credits:

LeftFoot Intern Staff

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