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A Better Dribbler

Q: I have a question. My 9 year old wants to get a lot better. Her skill level is about a 6 on a scale of 1 to 10.

Koach Karl – How did you come up with her skill level, and who are you comparing her to? Do you realize that it is not a good idea to compare your daughter’s ability to anyone else? There will always be someone better & someone weaker!

She has tons of desire, but her biggest weakness is dribbling. How can I teach her to become a good dribbler?

K – It is up to her to become a better dribbler if she wants to become a better dribbler! There is not much you can do to teach her -Sorry! However, you can create the environment in which she is inclined to ‘want to’ become better.

I’m not much of a soccer coach, so I wanted to know if you have any tips that I could give her.

K – You do not have to be a soccer coach for HER to improve. It will be up to HER to decide that SHE wants to improve. She will have to watch players (girls) at a higher level dribbling, for starters. That is, have her mind’s eye see what players do at that level and attempt to duplicate the move/movement on her own.

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