First Touch Program – Juggling

Here’s a great way to improve your skills and challenge your friends and family! Join the First Touch Program!

Purpose

The First Touch Program is designed to promote, encourage and challenge our players to spend more of their free time juggling. As we all know, juggling is an integral part of player development. It is also a known fact that all good jugglers are not necessarily good soccer players, but it is certain that all good soccer players are good jugglers. We want to encourage our young players to make juggling a habit because:
•    Players develop better overall ball manipulation skills.
•    Players develop coordination, balance, reaction, speed, & learn to use both feet etc.
•    Players can set and achieve goals (personal juggling record) and also develop good work/practice habits and determination to reach those goals.

Levels

u12-u19 Players
•    Gold: 1,000 juggles – name on website, certificate, and t-shirt.
•    Silver: 500 juggles – name on website and certificate.
•    Bronze: 100 juggles – name on website.

u9-u11 Players
•    Gold: 100 juggles – name on website, certificate, and t-shirt.
•    Silver: 50 juggles – name on website and certificate.
•    Bronze: 25 juggles – name on website

Process

•    All juggles must be done in front of a coach and not in front of a team manager, parent, friend, etc. or put on youtube and shared with Coach Ginn via email: coachjginn@gmail.com
•    All juggles must be feet only! 
•    The coach will email Jeff Ginn at coachjginn@gmail.com with the participant’s name, team, and number of juggles. Here are some ways to improve your First Touch!

THE ONE-BOUNCE GAME

Players juggle but are allowed a bounce in between each touch. It is important to make sure that you use both feet. This is a great activity for those players just learning how to juggle/improve their first touch. Modifications:
- Alternate feet.
- Take a bounce juggle twice with the same foot, and then bounce, then juggle twice with the opposite foot, repeat etc.
- Juggle foot, thigh, then a bounce, then switch feet/legs.
- Juggle foot, head, thigh, foot then a bounce and switch legs/feet.

REGULAR JUGGLING IDEAS

- Juggle Feet Only.
- Alternate right to left foot.
- Around the world – this is a hard one! Start with ball on right thigh, then right foot, to right shoulder, to head, to left shoulder, to left thigh, to left foot, back to right thigh and then repeat.
- Juggle feet only, keeping the ball below your knees.
- Juggle feet only keeping the ball below your shins.
- Take one to two touches (start any touch progress to feet only) then knock the ball to head level, then receive, take one to touches then hit the ball to head level again.
- Take one to two juggles, knock the ball over your head/find it, then take the ball out of the air (without a bounce), and continue the process with one to two touches,  then knock the ball over again.

JUGGLE SEQUENCE GAME

Players will begin with one juggle with either foot, then add one more juggle with the other foot, then switch back to the other foot, and add another juggle. Keep on going as high as you can go. Example: Right foot = 1, Left foot =2, Right foot = 3, Left Foot = 4 and continue.

JUGGLE AGAINST A WALL

Take one to two touches, and hit a ball up against a wall and or a hard surface. Then, receive the ball out of the air without a bounce; take one to two touches again. Modifications:
•    one foot only.
•    alternate feet.
•    touch to the wall must be headed.
•    must receive the ball out of the air feet only.

SOCCER TENNIS

This is a great game to play with a partner and something great to do before and after practice. Here is the basic game. Set up a makeshift “net” out of cones, a ladder, or even a row of soccer bags stacked up, or use one of the very cool soccer tennis nets. Then cone off a small sized “court” to fit the number of players and the net. If you are playing on the driveway use some chalk or just the lines in the pavement. Needless to say, if you have a real tennis court at your disposal, try it….. (As long as you don’t get yelled at by the tennis coach.) Divide up teams. You can play 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or even 4v4 on a large court. You can play odd numbers like 2v3, etc. One player serves from deep in their court across the net to the other team. At first the idea is not to win the point on the serve, but just get the point started. We usually bounce the ball and then half-volley it across for the serve, but some variations we use are – serving the ball off the ground after a “toe-lift”, or just directly “flipping” it over with one’s toe. Sometimes we toss it up in the air and “head” it over to get things started. Then the defending player controls the serve, sometimes after a bounce but occasionally out of the air. They will learn quickly to get their bodies in front of the ball and use their thighs, chest or head to make contact. Then you start counting bounces on the ground. Of course in real tennis, the players are only allowed 1 bounce. You will eventually get this good with soccer tennis, but start with more bounces to allow for learning. I let my little kids take 3 or 4 bounces but the older kids are allowed only 1 or 2. (And of course, the coaches are only allowed 1.) Juggling (without the ball bouncing) is encouraged. It doesn’t “count” against the player and they can maneuver the ball close to the net for a better shot. Players can and should pass to each other. They will learn to chip a deep shot up to their team mate who then can try to put it away. It can be lots of fun while they refine a soft touch with their juggle touches, volleys and half-volleys.

Infinity SC Records

u12-u19 Players

GOLD (1,000 Juggles)
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 1,028 Juggles – March 30th, 2013     Watch Video
Bennett Browning – Boys u12 Premier – 1,040 Juggles – April 4th, 2013     Watch Video

SILVER (500 Juggles)
Kolton Lamb – Boys u14 Premier – 712 Juggles – October 7, 2012      Watch Video
Caitlin McCuskey – Girls u17 Premier – 515 Juggles – October 9, 2012      Watch Video
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 680 Juggles - March 1, 2013     Watch Video
Kennedy Michel – Girls u13 Premier – 621 Juggles – April 5, 2013     Watch Video
Caitlin McCuskey – Girls u17 Premier – 857 Juggles – April 23, 2012     Watch Video

BRONZE (100 Juggles)
Kolton Lamb – Boys u14 Premier – 118 Juggles – October 1, 2012      Watch Video
Kyler Erickson – Boys u14 Premier – 136 Juggles – October 3, 2012
Dylan McCuskey -Boys u12 Premier – 100 Juggles – October 12, 2012        Watch Video
Bennet Browning – Boys u12 Premier – 116 Juggles – October 18, 2012     Watch Video
Jesse Michel – Girls u16 Premier – 206 Juggles – November 18, 2012     Watch Video
Sarajo Fujimoto – Girls u12 Premier – 142 Juggles – April 1, 2013
Emily Wilson – Girls u15 Premier – 201 Juggles - April 23, 2013     Watch Video
Kilee Lamb – Girls u16 Premier – 342 Juggles – April 30, 2013     Watch Video
Sadie Noble – Girls u13 Premier – 300 Juggles – April 31, 2013     Watch Video

u9-u11 Players

GOLD (100 Juggles)
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 380 Juggles – January 25, 2013 Watch video
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 104 Juggles - October 15, 2012     Watch video
Alec Kennington – Girls u10 Select – 107 Juggles – February 12, 2013     Watch video
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 680 Juggles - March 1, 2013     Watch video
Bizzy Arevalo - Girls u10 Premier – 107 Juggles – April 5 2013    Watch Video
Alli Phillips – Girls u10 Premier – 108 Juggles – April 23, 2013
Haley Anderson – Girls u10 Premier – 125 juggles – April 23rd, 2013

SILVER (50 Juggles)
Oakley Rasmussen – Girls u10 Premier – 73 Juggles - September 26, 2012
Haley Anderson – Girls u10 Premier – 54 Juggles - October 27, 2012
Alec Kennington – Girls u10 Select – 50 Juggles – November 28, 2012 Watch Video
Bizzy Arevalo - Girls u10 Premier – 61 Juggles – February 12, 2013 Watch Video
Alli Phillips – Girls u10 Premier – 55 Juggles - March 25, 2013
Bret Everding – Girls u10 Premier – 72 Juggles – March 30, 2013     Watch Video
Meleia (Mia) Malan – Girls u10 Select – 64 Juggles – April 15, 2013    Watch Video

BRONZE (25 Juggles)
Haley Anderson – Girls u10 Premier – 30 Juggles – October 10, 2012
Alec Kennington – Girls u10 Select – 26 Juggles – October  17, 2012    Watch Video
Alli Phillips – Girls u10 Premier – 31 Juggles - October 26, 2012
Erin Godfrey – Girls u10 Premier – 35 Juggles – March 13, 2013 Watch Video
Alex Baer – Girls u10 Premier -27 Juggles – March 25, 2013
Bret Everding – Girls u10 Premier – 27 Juggles – March 25, 2013
Josie Woolf – Girls u10 Select – 45 Juggles – March 28, 2013 Watch Video
Mekenzie Obray – Girls u10 Select – 35 Juggles – March 28, 2013 Watch Video
Taylor Rose – Girls u10 Premier – 25 Juggles – March 31, 2013
Meleia (Mia) Malan – Girls u10 Select – 47 Juggles – April 2, 2013 Watch Video
Kasen Erickson – Boys u10 Premier – 25 Juggles – April 21, 2013 Watch Video
Tenzie Knowles – Girls u10 Premier – 25 Juggles – April 29, 2013
Madison Brenchley – Girls u10 Premier – 26 Juggles – April 30, 2013
Rendi Jones – Girls u10 Premier – 25 Juggles – April 31, 2013