Quick Feet - Both Feet
Fundamental to the Stop & Go Sequence is the ability of the player to use both feet to change direction, hesitate and regain their balance. Most players will default to a One Foot, Stop & Go, thereby throwing off their balance and ability to manage Linear Deceleration forces as seen below in the third frame.
Both Feet - Overlapping Sequence
The Stop & Go Series consists of an overlapping sequence of skills that asks the player to learn one technique and then combine it as quickly as possible with as few steps as possible.
Big Picture & Key Takeaways
- Combine Skills in succession
- Minimize steps in between - limit the amount of touches on the ground between "techniques"
- Learn to combine balance, coordination and rhythmic progressions with sequential steps
Dynamic & Predictable Specific Progressions
The Stop & Go Series has both Dynamic and Predictable Specific progressions that also emphasize "looping rhythms" that force a player to balance effort, with quickness and control.
Since the ball is moving and the body is moving the sequences are dynamic in nature and most U9-U15 players that are learning will struggle with a looping progression. Be sure to focus on Progressions of Learning to limit and maximize sets and repetitions.
Because of the coaching sequence a cadence allows the the skills to become predictable. When a specific outcome is required in a predictable sequence you advance learning faster than just ordinary repetition. Be sure to repeat the cadence verbally to allow the player to align verbal and intellectual memory with physical and balanced athletic development.
As a coach repeats the following cadence and cues the players will align to the quickness of touch that is being asked of them.
- Stop & Go,
- Stop & Toe,
- Double -Touch,
Speed Stops to an Outside Cut
The Step-Over Sequence and Change of Directions ideally precede the Stop & Go progression although in some cases where a players' quickness must be developed first the Stop & Go Sequence is appropriate. In this case, the Speed Stop to Outside Cut progression should be the first priority in development.
speed touch with outside cut
sometimes referred to as "stop and go first progression"
- Stop and Go must consist of turning the foot with the leg inward to then touch with pinkie toe of dribbling foot. This is to engage leg motion to effectively push ball with power and control forward.
- After completing 1-2 stop and go's, player must then conduct outside cut by reaching for ball with toes pointed up (dorsi-flex) and then coming off the ground to land 180 degrees on the other side of the ball
- land with both on the ground at the same time in lateral decelerated position.
stop and go technique
- Speed stops with the pinkie toe in, knee in
- Short progression should look like a running technique based on form
- Opposite feet are involved in the touch sequence