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Section 3

Part 4 - Dribbling for Speed


(Start scene with someone dribbling with speed )

Coach: "Dribbling for speed is quite a bit different than dribbling for control. It also comes with a host of other challenges. The hardest part of dribbling with speed is actually dribbling the ball."
(show a player doing some kind of scene where they act a bit confused. They feel as though what I said was seemingly obvious but they're also lost.)

Coach: "I'm serious. Most of the time when players try to run fast with the ball they end up booting the ball in front of them and then chasing after it at top speed. Usually this type of 'dribbling' will lead to one giving the other team the ball. The tick is to balance both running at top speed and dribbling for control."
(show a player running full out and then someone dribbling for control.)

Coach: "Like most multi-tools this one doesn't do both as well as a dedicated tool. In this case a player will not be able to run at their full speed, nor will they be able to control the ball as well as if they were going for control. With practice though players will be able to get close on both those fronts."
(this scene is all done on close-up of the coach)

Coach: "Here's how it works. Never let the ball get more that a pace or so away from you in any direction. As long as the ball is a pace away you can get to it just as fast or before anyone else. The other advantage of keeping the ball a pace away is that you can contact the ball at then end of your stride. By doing this you will make sure that you don't kick the ball too hard while you are running. Make sure that when you kick the ball, the kick is a part of your stride. If you're going out of your way to kick the ball then you won't be able to run as fast. If the ball bounces or goes somewhere unexpected, do your best to alter your stride to make up with the ball."
(while the coach is talking they will also be doing a demonstration. Zoom in on the feet as do the demo. Since this scene is about putting the ball and appropriate distance away, do the shot from a side view).

Coach: "Since the ball will be at the end of your stride, you will not be contacting it with the middle of your foot. Instead you will be using the end of your foot, but NOT the toe. If you use your toe to hit the ball, it will shoot away from you and you will lose it."
(start the scene with a medium zoom on the coach and then zoom in on their foot as they point out which part of their foot to use for the dribble).

Coach: "Any part of the end of your foot can be used. Since you'll be running pretty fast you won't have time to be picky. As you run don't be afraid to use the inside of your foot and then the outside and then the top. Make sure when you hit the ball you angle your foot so that the ball will go forward and not up. So if you're running straight forward point your toe more towards the ground when you hit the ball, and then straighten it back out for a landing."
(do a zoom in on the coach's foot for the angling of the foot. Slow motion may be necessary to get the proper view).

Coach: "Using the inside and outside of your foot is great if someone is coming at you from one side. Since the ball is only a pace away you will easily be able to knock it slightly to one side. By knocking it to the side away from the opposing player you will have put him an extra pace away and given yourself some extra time and options. If you're close enough to the goal you will have bought time for a shot. If you've run out of space you will have given yourself good positioning to protect the ball and keep possession. Or perhaps you've drawn the opposing player out of position and opened up one of your players for a pass."
(try the best to demonstrate each of these examples. Start looking at the coach while they speak and show the demo. This will allow for the viewer to hear and understand the words and then see an example. It will make for better understanding).