Teaching young players how to thigh trap and chest trap in youth soccer.
We’ve outline step-by-step pointers to keep in mind when teaching these difficult techniques to your players.
How To: Thigh Trap
Position your players behind the flight of the ball. Make sure their hips are square to the ball. Tell them to keep elbows away from the body to keep them balanced. Keep the trapping thigh behind the path of the ball. Lift the thigh and make the thigh almost perpendicular to the balancing thigh.When the ball touches the thigh, tell your players to quickly drop the thigh to cushion the ball to the feet. Touch the ball and then accelerate.
How To: Chest Trap with a Ball in Flight
Position the player’s body behind the path of the flighted ball. Make sure the knees are slightly bent.Make sure the elbows are away from the body for balance and the hands are away from the chest. Shoulders and hips must be square from the ball. Instruct the player to lean back slightly allowing your lower half to absorb the pace of the ball. Immediately withdraw the chest as the ball is touched. Make a slight concave of the back to cushion the ball. Touch the ball down to your feet. Slightly lean forward over the ball. Move to touch the ball and give it an accelerated kick.
How To: Chest Trap with a Bouncing Ball
Position the player’s body behind the flight of the ball. Make sure the knees have a slight bend. Elbows out from the body for balance and hands off of the chest. Shoulders and hips must be square from the ball. Bend at the waist and lean forward over the rising ball. Immediately withdraw the chest as the ball is touched to cushion the ball down to the player’s feet. as the ball is touched. Move to touch the ball and give it an accelerated kick.
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