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Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer
OPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with special needs. Each issue of Touchline, we’ll feature clubs that epitomize the spirit of the program. C.B. Ananthan and his wife, Lata, established Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer in 2006 to provide their son, Ajai, and other children with special needs and disabilities an opportunity to learn a sport and play on a team. Since 2006, Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer has had nearly 300 children with special needs participate in its program. The Lehigh Valley TOPSoccer 2017 Spring season will begin Saturday, April 8 and run to June 10. The program plays at Lehigh County Soccer fields in South Whitehall Township. Please visit the TOPSoccer directory on our website to find a program near you. Below, you’ll find one of C.B.’s favorite drills to run with his players.
SOCCER BOWLING Objective
Dribbling and shooting the ball with accuracy Description
• Coach and volunteers set up multiple rows of four poles or large cones to create a dribbling course. About five feet beyond the last pole or cone, a semi-circular hoop is spiked into the field. A few feet beyond the hoop, a small pyramid of cones is set up. • Sets of three or four players form a line at the starting point behind the first pole or cone of each row. At the coach’s signal, the first player dribbles around the pole/cone in an “S” pattern. After weaving through the poles/cones, the players passes the ball through the hoop to knock down the pyramid of cones. • There is a celebration every time a player knocks down the cones. Coaching Points
• Soft touches on the ball • Dribble with control, keeping the ball close • When shooting, use the inside of the foot for better accuracy • Encourage players to run with the ball as opposed to walking
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer