What is Juggling? Juggling is the art of keeping a soccer ball up in the air with your feet, thighs, chest and head. It is a simple but powerful way of improving your soccer skills and, most importantly, it is FUN! How do I start? Hold the ball out in front of you, take a deep breath to relax, and then drop the ball down to the laces on your shoes. Attempt to keep the ball up for 2 or 3 times before catching it again. Try this until you feel comfortable and then start trying to beat your score. It’s that simple! (More experienced jugglers should start with the ball on the ground and use their feet to lift it up). Two rules: no hands and no bounces on the ground! Try to remember to stay calm and relaxed when juggling and keep the ball close to you. Also, try to use both feet and different body parts. Change it up! Challenge yourself! Juggling can be done anywhere and on any surface...the driveway, your yard, at a playground or while warming up for your soccer game! The only equipment you need is your soccer ball.
Why Juggle? Juggling can significantly improve your game in many ways. It develops your touch and confidence on the ball, not to mention concentration and consistency, all of which helps your overall game ability. It challenges you every time you pick up the ball and you will find yourself improving as a player without even realizing it!
What are the rules? Only touches with the feet count toward the total number juggles. The players must return to zero if the ball hits the ground. All other body parts can be used but, they do not count toward the total number of juggles. (Ex. If a player uses their thigh to keep the ball in the air it will not be counted, but the players can continue their count with the next touch with their feet. One foot, two foot, thigh, three foot would count as three.)
Howdo I have my score verified?To have your score verified you must juggle in front of a member of the West Florida Flames coaching staff. Maybe you can even challenge your coach! They will then email verified scores to Randy Belli at firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on the West Florida Flames website. (Please report the actual number achieved, not just the level) Players will receive wristbands that have colors that correspond to the juggling level that they have achieved.