Mia's dribbling drill
December 31, 2003 09:00 PM
Dribbling is, obviously, one of the most important skills in the game. And Mia Hamm has mastered that skill through hard work and hours spent on her trade.
Soccer fans marvel at Mia's quick cuts and explosive dribbling. Those skills are partially in-born, but mostly developed by working on her own.
To work on her dribbling, Mia makes an obstacle course to weave through. And you can do the same drill she does. To get the most out of it, be sure to make the obstacle course difficult. Everything you do should challenge both your talent-level and stretch your stamina.
Mia, considered the greatest women's soccer player on the planet, will throw down a bunch of cones, positioned no more than 10 yards apart. In her mind, the cones are defenders. Then she'll dribble to one cone and explode to the next. When she reaches the next cone, she'll cut the ball sharply and accelerate to the next, and so on.
When Mia reaches the last cone, the drill does not end. Before she began, she placed a target in the corner of a goal, and when she reaches the last cone, she has to shoot for the target. Her reasoning?
"I do that drill for the same reason you shoot free throws at the end of a practice in basketball - because you're tired," says Mia. "Usually you are shooting at the end of a long run or after you've beaten someone. After a long run, it's hard to have that concentrations and focus."