Hit the Cone
Skill execution: 2 Decision making: 0 Speed: 0
Agility: 2 Endurance: 0 Speed endurance: 0
To develop basic kicking skills, particularly the grubber kick, and to develop basic catching skills.
One ball, 10 to 20 cones
Mark out a 5-by-10-metre to 10-by-20-metre grid, depending on the age and skill level of the players, with cones at each end of the grid, spaced approximately 1 metre apart. A centre line is marked on the grid. Split 6 to 12 players into two equal teams. Each team stands on one half of the grid.
How to Play
A player from one team grubber kicks the ball into the opponents’ half of the grid in an attempt to knock down the opponents’ cones. Players from the other team try to catch the bouncing ball or stop it with their feet. Players who catch or stop the ball must kick it back over and attempt to knock down the cones at the other end. The team that knocks down all of the opponents’ cones first is the winner.
- Players should practise accurately weighted kicks.
- Players should use good individual and team communication when catching the ball.
Introduce more balls; allow the player who stops or catches the ball to pass to a team-mate who is in a better position to kick the ball; penalise any players who, while stopping a kick, drop or knock the ball forward with their hands or arms so that it touches the ground (e.g., make them pass the ball back to the other team and forego their team’s kick).