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Section 6

Part 8 - How to Chip


(show a couple quick chip clips. Make sure to include clips of all chip uses mentioned in the intro part)

Coach: "A chip is a fair bit different than many other soccer skills in that part of the motion is forced rather than being smooth and natural. That part is the kick follow-through. If we did a full follow-though like on a shot or a long kick then the ball would travel too far. A chip is used for short range only so we need to keep the follow-through to a minimum. What we do is actually change the direction of the follow-through. Since the ball goes in the direction of our follow-through, and we want the ball to go up as opposed to forward, we must change our follow-through to go up instead of forward. Here's what it looks like."
(start normal view, then at the end when the coach goes to show what it looks like, show a couple clips of the coach doing a chip. Show one in normal speed and then show the same one, one or more times in slower to slow motion. After those show a chip with the ball. Make sure to show where the ball goes and how high it goes)

Coach: "If you try the chip yourself you will feel how forced a motion it is. Normally this would be a sign of a problem, but since a chip is not about power, it's a perfectly normal feeling. Now onto foot and ankle position. Stand with both your feet flat on the ground. Now bend your kicking knee and raise the hell of your kicking foot slightly off the ground. Keep your toes and the ball of your foot on the ground. Lock your ankle in this position. Your ankle should be bent only slightly more than it was when you were standing on it. This is the chipping ankle position. Practice finding it and locking it in place until you can find it without any of the steps I mentioned."
(start normal view. Change to side view zoomed in on the feet and ankles to show finding the chipping foot ankle position. Finish in normal view)

Coach: "Unlike shooting or long kicks, do not approach the ball from an angle. Our follow-though is straight and up so our approach will be straight at the ball. A small approach angle is ok if it helps a player find their comfort zone. Transfer your weight and swing back your kicking leg as you would for a shot or kick. Like a long kick, aim so that your kicking foot just skims the ground. Begin your upwards follow-though the moment your foot hits the ball. The complete motion should look something like this."
(start normal view. Do an above view to show approach angle. Use line graphics to better show the angle. Do a low side view to show the kicking foot just skimming the ground near and on contact with the ball. Do a kicking leg-side view of the coach demonstrating the chip. Do a few clips in normal and slow-mo speeds with and without the ball, and then finish with a normal speed clip of the chip with the ball. Make sure the last is zoomed out to show the flight path of the ball)

Coach: "Ok so you've got your motion and your approach all worked out, now what about your planting foot? Where do you put that? Well the answer depends on the situation. For chips that require more height and distance, use the long kick planting foot position. Likewise, for chips that are shorter range and don't need as much height, sue the shooting planting foot position. Take note that you can get more or less height out of your chip by varying the speed and height of your upwards follow-through. Once you've got the basics of chipping down, try changing things like your follow-through and planting foot position to see if you can control where the ball goes."
(start normal view. Show side view clip of the two different chips mentioned. Show each one right after the coach mentions it. Pause the coach's speech to wait for each clip to finish. Finish in normal view)