What is Ball Mastery
Ball Mastery is the controlled manipulation of the ball with both feet, through a
series of push, pull, drag, roll and fake combinations. It's your personal relationship with the ball.
Your technical competence directly affects your contribution to the team.
Why is Ball Mastery Important
Mastering the ball helps unlock the next level of a players game.
Let me share a personal analogy I often use - riding a bike.
When we first learn to ride a bike, we focus on many different aspects. Peddling fast enough, getting
our feet coordinated to push the bike forward, then place our foot on the peddle, all while keeping our
balance and looking in front of us. For a child, learning the new skill is difficult because it requires
coordinating all of these aspects.
This is the same with ball mastery. We have to learn to coordinate the different
movements of both feet. Balance, agility, coordiation. How we have to shift our feet
quickly and touch the ball with the correct weight in order to move the ball
with grace and finesse. It takes time and practice - but can be mastered at home.
Benefits of Ball Mastery
- Improved decision making
- Improved confidence
- Better team player
- More balance.
Coach Sam Blakeley