back to soccer skills

Section 1

Part 2 - Basic Soccer Stance


(Scene starts with a close-up view of the coach's feet and lower legs and then pans up and zooms out for a comfortable look at the coach at face level. The coach will be in an idle 'on the toes'' posture)

Coach: "one of the most important things in sport is to be on your toes. Being on your toes allows a player to make faster movements more smoothly and using less energy than someone who isn't on their toes. Many many coaches will talk about this; 'be on your toes, be on your toes', but what exactly does 'be on your toes', mean? Does it mean to literally stand on the tips of your toes or perhaps to just be kindof on you toes? Well actually it's neither. To be on your toes all you need to do is take the weight off your heels. Depending on your height and the size of your feet, this usually translates into 1 to 3 cm in between your heel and the ground. If you bring your heel too far off the ground you will end up running a bit like a fairy or a ballerina. That may be a good thing if you're in a school play or something but it will not serve you well on the soccer field (do little girl on field scene described below). The lesson here is be on your toes, but don't dance."
(for the 1-3cm part do a ground level perspective of the side of a foot and then show a tape measure or ruler showing where to measure form. When the coach talks about the fairy part, have a scene of a girl in full soccer gear with a little fairy dress dancing across a stage during a play. Then have the same little girl doing the same thing on a soccer field and have another girl come and steal the ball away. If possible have the other girl knock over the fairy girl).

Coach: "So why be on your toes anyway? We've seen why being too high on your toes can be a problem, but why be on your toes in the first place? I mentioned earlier that if you're on your toes you can run and move faster and with less effort, so let's see why that is."

(Start this scene 45 degrees of centre facing the coach. Make sure their whole body is visible to get the full effect of being on your toes)

Coach: "First of all let's compare. Here I am on my toes. Notice as I bounce up and down how much spring I have in my legs. This springing motion will help propel my body in any direction I choose. Now here I am in the position that is commonly called being 'flat-footed', with both my feet completely touching the ground. At a glance they appear the same, but if you look closely you will see that I'm now barely using my ankles at all. All of that energy and strength is now going to waste. Try it for yourself and feel the difference."

Coach: "Being on your toes is the most important part of soccer. Without it you won't be able to react quickly enough or move easily in any direction. Not only is it good advice but as we'll see later on in the section it actually makes running and moving easier. Running on your toes will allow you to run further, longer and faster that you could being flat-footed. Don't believe me, come see for yourself!"
(end the scene with the coach motioning for the audience to follow them and then have them take off running away from the camera. Do the running part in fast-motion an dif possible add some special effects like a dust cloud or something. The special effect may not be necessary).