By juggling with your thighs first, you get to practice the rhythm that juggling takes! You always need to stay light on your feet and be ready to react to the ball. After feeling good about juggling on your thighs, do the same thing with your feet. Eventually you can practice juggling with your head in the same way, and by then you should be able to keep the ball up with any part of your body no matter where the ball goes!
Juggling is hard but you will get better as long as you keep practicing!
There have been a lot of great answers here, when it comes to learning anything new-- determination and focus is a must! When it comes to practicing for anything, spend a little bit of time each day for repetition as well. There are many different professional athletes and musicians who practice every day-- because you can always improve! Echoing a few of the above answers, definitely make sure you're on flat ground and are wearing comfortable athletic shoes.
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You first want to try by getting 5 juggles down, try using 1 leg and keep the ball in your hand.
Keep kicking the ball up to your hand, and once you've done that successfully try doing 2 and back into your hand.
As a teacher add rewards for certain checkpoints:
- Snack bar for 5 juggles
- Some other reward for 15 juggles
- A gift card to Target for 25 juggles etc
This will definitely gain motivation, it doesn't have to be monetary either.
Once they have mastered juggling with 1 leg they should practice juggling with their thigh, thigh is much more sturdy and provides much more support on juggling.
They then will go from using their foot and their thigh to allow for higher counts, rewards and goals should be moved to ~50-80 juggles.
At that point you want to try and go for time over 80 juggles; and look to try and see how many minutes they can go.
They should start to get comfortable with their other leg over 100 juggles as well.
- Source - 5th place in International Juggling Contest at the age of 12.
All great soccer players can juggle. Juggling is about your ability to control the ball with your touch. You can also get better at juggling by developing a better touch on the ball by practicing to pass and dribble.