How To Kick A Soccer Ball

154084325_XSDo you know how to kick a soccer ball correctly? Over the past five years, I have not had one new player come to me that knew the proper way to kick a soccer ball. Many of them would strike the ball with their toe, or push the ball instead of striking it and not understand why they had no control. These are habits that they pick up when they begin kicking a ball around in the yard, just walking up to a ball and kicking at it. We as coaches and parents need to understand that these habits have to be corrected to know how to kick a soccer ball. Lets visit some of the basic soccer kicks and how they are preformed.

To know how to kick a soccer ball, we should try to understand that there are six different kinds of kicks that we use for different results. All of these kicks will start with the same principle, plant your non kicking foot next to the ball (not in front and not behind). Keep your head down and follow through.

The first kick is called the straight kick, facing the ball,plant your foot next to it, pull back you leg into a V shape, lock your foot and ankle, swing towards the ball and strike it with the laces of your shoe, keeping your leg in a V shape and follow through, leaving your plant foot while continuing your forward motion.

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Basketball Agility Drills

maxresdefaultThe move for the basket and the actual scoring might take place in a matter of, but for those few seconds of fame, these players indulge in hours of practice. From specific game-targeted practice sessions to overall fitness and stamina drills, players put in a lot of hard work. One of the aspects of these practice sessions are agility drills.

Drill #1: Alternate feet, the name of this drill aptly describes the routine. It involves jumping on alternate feet. What the player does in this drill is that, he or she jumps as quickly as he or she can for a minute. The catch is to jump twice on the right foot, and then twice on the left foot. 2 sets have to be done with a 30-second break in between.

Drill #2: On the field, keep 4 markers in a straight line around 3 yards apart. Then, between each set of markers, place one more marker 3 yards to the left. A player will sprint to marker A, and follow it up with a side step, or in fact a shuffle to marker B with the left leg in the lead. Now he will side shuffle to another marker leading with the right leg. It is done again till the finish. After the player is done with a set, repeating the sets 6 – 8 times is recommended.

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What is Zone Blocking?

Zone_plays_copy_mediumZone blocking is one of the two ways in which a team chooses to make space when they are on the offense in American football. It is a practiced maneuver in American football, which enables openings for the running players to advance in the game play. It also known as base blocking. When a runner who has the ball is running towards the end line to score points, it is necessary to try to clear the field for him and provide him with as much space as possible. One way of achieving this is man-blocking, wherein each team member of this individual attempts to tackle one player of the opposing team. Zone blocking is arguably the better way for creating empty lanes for runners during the play, as it gives them a general idea about which direction to run in. A better technical understanding of the game is required for this purpose, whereas man blocking requires players to be bigger in size and more physically intimidating. For this reason, it is said many times that zonal blocking tests the true tactical and technical abilities of a football team.

Basics of Zone Blocking
The biggest advantage of zonal blocking is that it is a proactive measure, in comparison with man marking, which is more reactive in nature. Man blocking requires one player to trace and follow another one all the time, and this can lead the opposing team to break up your plan and strategy completely. If there are tactical changes in the defensive team, then your team will also necessarily have to change shape. This form of defense does not have these limitations, as they are focused on giving each team member the responsibility of clearing up a specified area. Any opponent who enters that area should be tackled immediately. Since this is a proactive technique, many teams adopt it as their prime strategy. Here are some famous football teams in the National Football League (NFL) who regularly use this method.

Houston Texans
Green Bay Packers
Indianapolis Colts
Washington Redskins
Oakland Raiders

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How to Play Flag Football

kidfootballjpg-a421942eda2c6a91In the game of flag football, you don’t have to handle the opponent physically. Just pulling the flag would suffice. In some instances, belts are used instead of flags. These flags are attached around the waist of players. Before getting into the details of how to play flag football, let us understand the basic rules and regulations. Dimensions of the field used for flag football are 70 (yards) x 30 (yards). The length of end zone which takes up 10 yards on each side of the field is not included in the specifications given above. Minimum number of players in a team playing flag football is 5. Generally, there are 7 players in a team. The game of flag football lasts for 44 minutes. It is divided into halves of 22 minutes each.

Learn How to Play Flag Football
There are many different aspects of a game that you need to consider while learning. The explanation presented below takes into account the factors like scoring, playing techniques and the basic rules of this game.

Six points are awarded to a team that scores a touchdown. A touchdown is the action in which the offensive team is successful in taking football to the end zone of the defensive team. Two safety points are awarded to the defensive team if their players are able to tackle offensive team players in the latter’s end zone. Along with 2 points, the defensive team also gets the advantage to kickoff from the 14-yard line of their own area.

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Basketball Drills for Kids to Increase Their Agility and Control

c26-B001BKX0V4-1-sI don’t know if I practiced more than anybody, but I sure practiced enough. I still wonder if somebody, somewhere, was practicing more than me. ~ Larry Bird
They say practice makes man perfect, and this phrase holds true the most as far as the sphere of sports is concerned. The game of basketball, of course, is no exception. Quick reflexes, control of the ball, agility, ability to shoot, proper technique, etc., are all essential skills for the game to be played the way it should be. And none of these can be developed unless a lot of work is put in to master these skills.

Specially designed drills help achieve this development by focusing on a particular skill. It is advisable for children and young players to incorporate these drills in their training regime, as they lay the foundations of the game. Given below are some vital drills that should be incorporated in any practice regime.

Dribbling Drills

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