The 20th in our series on technical warm ups is one that I saw from my friend, Annie Hamel. Annie is the assistant coach at Saint Leo University. You will need 12 sticks or flags, 4 cones, and 4 balls. The four cones are placed in a line 5 yds. from each other. Extending from each cone and perpendicular to the cone line is three sticks for each row (total of 12). The players are divided evenly between the four cones and placed behind the cones (facing the sticks). Besides the obvious option of weaving through the cones, there are many other variations to consider. You will see in the video that the sticks are separated into columns labeled A, B, and C (so that the first stick the players are facing is an A, the second is a B, and the third is a C. The coach shouts a combination such as A-B-C which means that the player must dribble around the A stick & dribble back around the cone; then dribble around the B stick & dribble back around the cone; then dribble around the C stick & finish back at the cone by passing to the next player in line. The next player completes the same combination and so on until every player in their line or team completes the combination. You can challenge them to race at it in order to make sure it is done as speed. In order to increase the traffic that the players are facing, the players do not use the sticks directly in front of them. The players use the sticks that are two lines away from them. For reference sake, we will label the lines 1, 2, 3, and 4. Players from line 1 will go to line 3’s sticks. Line 2 will go to line 4’s sticks. Line 3 will go to line 1’s sticks. Line 4 will go to line 2’s sticks. If a player’s ball touches the ball of another player, the player must immediately stop and do 10 high knees (or a consequence of your choosing that slows them down) before proceeding. The players are forced to dribble with their heads up. If you are confused, hopefully the video will clear it up. In the first part of the video, the blue team from line 4 does and A-B-C combination. I made the team do it alone for demonstration. In the second part, you will see all four teams performing an A. You can mix up the combos like A-A-B, B-A, C-A-B, etc. You can further mix it up by restricting them to one foot (i.e. right foot only) or only one surface (i.e. sole of foot).

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