Don’t teach falling over. Teach the players to bounce themselves and therefore the ball off the ground and back into the game. It reduces the fear of falling by making the players embrace the ground as part of a skill for continuity. MORE
Having a ball 1
Sloppy passing is a common trait so get your players concentrating on the ball by putting numbers and symbols on it and making them pass only that ball to specific targets on your call.
Number three balls 1 to 3 and draw a symbol on each like a square, circle, triangle, etc. Place 6 players in a 15m square (picture 1).
Players pass among themselves. Each time they catch a ball, they remember the shape and number on the ball they receive. On your call of a number or symbol the player with that ball has to pass it to you within one second, while the rest keep passing (picture 2).
The key here is for the player to be aware of the number and shape on their ball and react immediately. You roll/ kick the ball back into the square, call “Go!”, the ball is picked up and passed and the game continues (picture 3).
Time how long it takes a team to get three correct passes in a row to you.
Either play two squares side by side in a knockout tournament or play one square and time each team.
The fastest team to get three correct passes in a row wins.
“Look at the ball and take in the information.”
“Two hands on the ball.”
“Pass across the body to the chest of the receiver.”
“Hands up, waiting for a pass.”
Players assume they can catch but very often, their concentration lets them down. This game makes them concentrate on the ball before passing it.