Here are my nine skills and technique tips that I used with Leicester Academy players to improve their kicking range from hand. MORE
Drop kick restarts
Good drop kick restarts allow your team to put pressure on the opposition. This simple exercise helps develop more players who can use this skill.
Not enough time is spent on this simple skill. Especailly for younger players, they need to work their way through the set up and technique to complete a drop kick restart.
- Stand a pair about 15ms apart.
- They drop kick back and forth to each other. Work down a line, like the 22m line.
- Steadily move them further apart as they improve in accuracy.
- Then kick at the posts, aiming to strike the side of the goal post as high up as possible.
- Kick from the middle of the pitch to land in a square marked out by cones placed around 10m to 15m inside the other half of the pitch to replicate a kick off.
- Get a chaser to see if he can get to catch the ball in the square.
- The swing of the leg needs to be smooth and steady, like a controlled golf swing. It is in the timing not the power.
- Hold the ball in front of the leg you are going to kick with.
- The hips and chest turned at 45 degrees to the line you are kicking down.
- Hands hold the ball across the seam with the ball upright and the thumbs pointing to the top of the ball.
- Strike the ball with the bony top part of the foot.
- Keep the chest up and the head down watching the ball.
- Finish with the chest front-on to the target.