This simple little game is excellent for improving the co-ordination and balance of very young players. It also helps them get used to finding space and changing direction.
Number of players: Whole team.
Equipment required: Flat cones, a ball for every player.
Age group: U4s to U8s.
Set-up: Create a playing area big enough for all your players to move around in freely.
Give each player a flat cone to hold. They are told to pretend that they are cars and the cone is their steering wheel.
How to play: Begin the game by telling your players to move in different ways around the playing area – forwards, with little steps, big steps, hop, move sideways, go backwards, etc.
- Encourage your players to keep their heads up and avoid crashing their car. Tell them to use their horn and go “beep, beep” if another “car” comes too close.
- Progress the game by giving the players a ball each. Now they dribble their ball around in the grid, again trying to avoid “crashing” into another player.
Encourage players to move around the grid with their heads up and look for spaces to move into.
- How can you avoid crashing your car?
- Should you look at the ball while you’re dribbling? Why not?
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