Hula Hoops and Other Objects Used in Soccer Drills
Hula Hoops are a great way to stay fit and aid weight loss. Yet they can be utilized in many other ways such as in sports drills. Soccer players often use objects to add to training drills in order to replicate the conditions on the field and practice technique. In this post we will look at how hula hoops and other objects are used by coaches and top professional players to help improve soccer skills.
Being able to make use of space is the key to success in soccer. Coaches like to drill young players in spacial awareness from an early age. One technique, according to Physical Education Update is to use hula hoops to play a version of musical chairs. A number of hoops equal to one less than the players on the field are set up. The coach will blow his whistle and players will dribble the ball around the hoops. When the coach blows the whistle for a second time the players must dribble their ball into the nearest hoop. This is a good test for ball control as players not only have to quickly find a hoop but ensure that their ball stays in it. As the site notes, many beginners will find their balls rolling too far through lack of control.
Another use of hula hoops in soccer is to help a player with psychological issues. Coaches Training Room recommend using the hoops as a visual cue to show players who get frustrated with things out of their control, such as the weather or field conditions, that they can’t control every aspect of the game. The site states that coaches can get a player to stand in the hoop as “the purpose of this drill is to impress upon the player, and the rest of the team, that there are only a few [aspects of the game] that he or she has control over and they need to focus on those things that they can control – basically their own thoughts, attitudes and behaviors.”
Cones are another common object used in soccer drills to help with ball control. Soccer Training Info presents a drill used by professional soccer superstar Gareth Bale. The site explains that Bale will set up 14 cones in close proximity to each other then have to make his way through the ‘minefield’ without touching a cone before taking a shot at goal. This requires close ball control and concentration. Gareth Bale is known in the soccer world for his world-class ball control and has been compared to some of the best players around by journalist Michael Lintorn who is a columnist for European Champions League soccer specialists Betfair.
Even something as simple as a box can be used in soccer drills. Put a large box in a small goal and tell the players they must score without hitting the box. Another way to increase accuracy would be to hang up some hula hoops, or get a brave soul to hold one, and have the players kick the ball through the hoops. As with all great sports equipment there are many ways to use it. Hopefully this has shown you how hula hoops can be an essential part of soccer training.