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Continual Stepping 13/U

Hi, two of my 13 year old players are constantly stepping. I have tried drills, with the landing on their outside foot, both feet and even put a coin in one of their shoes, so they can tell which one they landed on but they still step. Any suggestions? Thanks

If you think they understand the footwork rules and are aware that they are stepping but can't help doing it you would probably need to work on body balance. Keeping balance slightly behind their centre of gravity on a two footed landing(eyes up, chest out, hips & knees bent, pull ball to body) and learning to step forward to stop momentum on a one two landing and then pulling their weight back under them again (bring step forward foot (two) back under them and thereby balance before passing). By giving them a sequence to remember e.g. catch,land,balance,pass it will give them something to work on by themselves without making too much of it at training and hopefully it will improve.

If, after all you have done to date, they can't remember which foot is the landing foot/don't understand what the footwork rule is and have ok body balance it may be a learning/coordination difficulty which is beyond my expertise to comment on.

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