Your Game Will Soar With Superior Ball Skills
You can become a stellar player very quickly with superior ball skills and you can practice them at home. All players but especially young ones need to focus on their individual skills. The best players spend hours just playing with the ball to the point that it becomes like a magnet to the hand (basketball) or foot (soccer). The best coaches of youth aged athletes spend practice time on individual ball skills and not so much on running drills or plays to ensure proper development of players.
We spend at least 1/3 of the practice on ball skills. Younger players start with easier skills and then we load them making them increasingly advanced as the player masters the skills. You can be creative by using tennis balls or ping pong balls which increases awareness and touch because they are more difficult to handle. When a player practices dribbling with two balls (basketball) imagine how easy it is when they only have to dribble one ball in the game. Ball skills develop awareness and relationship with the ball so acutely that the ball becomes simply an extension of the player in the game. Players with superior ball skills can dribble through several defenders when attacking toward the net or basket. They are more confident and easily adapt and make decisions in the game because the business of controlling the ball has become second nature.
Check out this video of Johan Cruyff for a spectacular demonstration of ball handling skills. He is the product of the Ajax Football Club of the Netherlands which is meticulous and relentless in teaching ball skills. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU-k-Ots3iY&feature=related
Basketball player Corey Rich spends hours a day working on his ball skills. Check this out: http://iamthedribbler.com/. We have found great success teaching simpler versions of these balls skills starting at age U8 and U10. As the player masters the simpler skills we load the skill with increasing difficulty. The result is tremendous confidence in games.
These skills are easy to find online and easy to practice at home in the basement or driveway. We encourage our players to practice 10-30 minutes a day. Try it and just wait for the results to show up!