Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Balloon Soccer Skills

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11
Matt Conrad

Each student is given one balloon. The students will find personal space and begin to use their feet to juggle the balloon. The students can juggle with one foot, both feet, their knees, and their head. They can keep track of how many times they hit the balloon before it hits the ground.

The objective of this activity is for the students to understand the basic legal hits of soccer and practice in a controlled setting. The major advantages of a balloon over a soccer ball for children are that it floats, isn’t as hard, and will not go far when hit, which is essential for control.

Additionally, if children are finding this activity easy, tell them to try to spin around and perform another type of hit before the balloon touches the ground. The students can also work with a partner and share a balloon or even have two balloons depending on their skill and age level.

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