Training Overview

The main feature of the SoccerTee is the elevation of the soccer ball 2 inches and 1 inch above the ground level, thereby providing the soccer player the ability to comfortably learn the “lace kick” without fear of kicking the ground. Let’s get on the same page and understand the problem.

The Solution?

Whether it’s team practice training or one on one training, both follow the 3-step processs of Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced.

One-on-One Training

Used at Practice or the Backyard:
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

Team Practice Training

Rapid-Fire Technique:
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

One-on-One Training

CAN BE USED ON THE PRACTICE FIELD OR BACKYARD

Step One

2-Inch Tee Training Step

One-on-One Training on a 2-inch Tee provides the opportunity for a coach or parent to quickly and easily introduce a “Lace Kick” on an elevated ball. Coaches and parents who inject a high level of fun and encouragement will witness the youth player continue to kick the ball off the SoccerTee. The motivated repetition, in conjunction with the elevated ball, creates a natural lace kicking action. This leads to developing muscle memory at an early age. This step might be the most important step in the entire SoccerTee training process. It has the highest possibility of linking a fun time at the young age of 3 or 4 years old. We encourage parents and coaches to make this step more fun and less of a practice drill. Tip for coaches and parents: Have the youth player place hand on shoulder for balance. Parent/Coach should kneel down, hold the kicking foot, point toes downward and simulate the ‘Lace Kick” on the soccer ball – see video.

Step Two

1-Inch Tee Training Step

Once the youth soccer player becomes consistent and successful at the beginner level, they can progress to the 1-inch Tee by simply removing the 2-inch Tee Insert from the base. The 1-inch height slightly increases the difficulty and requires the player to adjust their new lace kick skills. Coaches or parents may begin to introduce traditional ball striking skills which may include the following: (1) position of the planter foot, (2) knee and chest over the ball, (3) locking the ankle, (4) driving the ball low and (5) landing on the kicking foot. Depending on the player age and skill level, these intermediate, 1-inch ball-striking skills should be introduced at a pace that is comfortable and still fun. Tip for coaches and parents: Watch our 6 year old learn to drive the ball off the 1 inch Tee in her first session.

Step Three

Grass Strike Training Step

Once the soccer player achieves consistent “lace kick” results at the intermediate level, they may move on to the Grass Strike. The SoccerTee was developed with the understanding that everyone has a unique learning curve. If one of the levels proves too difficult, the soccer player can always go back to the previous level until they’re ready. In fact, we see players move from the Intermediate 1-inch Tee to the grass to test a new form or mechanic, and return back to the 1-inch Tee to continue to work on perfecting the fundamental form. After practicing these three SoccerTee levels, youth soccer players will easily increase their soccer ball striking ability at a younger age. Elevate the ball and Elevate your game!

Team Practice Training

RAPID-FIRE TECHNIQUE

Step One

2-Inch Tee Training Step

This is a fun practice drill for soccer coaches. As we demonstrated in One-on-One Training, we encourage the player to point his/her toes down and kick the soccer balls using their “laces” for getting “lift” so the ball travels in the air toward the net. However, this is a “Rapid Fire Drill” so we are asking them to perform this drill 3-5 times in a row depending how many SoccerTees you have lined up. It is best if there are no more than 5 tees. Keep in mind, because this is a two inch SoccerTee, the elevated ball will do a lot of the work. It will naturally create a “lace kick” and help the youth player strike the ball correctly. The coach needs to encourage and pay attention to the toes being pointed downward.

Step Two

1-Inch Tee Training Step

Once the coach feels the team is consistent and successful at the beginner level of  Rapid Fire, they can move on to the intermediate level with the 1-inch tee Rapid Fire by simply removing the 2-inch tee from the base. The 1-inch height slightly increases the difficulty and requires the players to refine and improve their “lace kick” at the lower level. At the 1 inch height, soccer coaches may begin to introduce traditional lace kick training tips, which include the position of the planter foot, locking of the ankle, driving through the middle of the ball and landing on the kicking foot. As seen in this video, the Rapid Fire 1 inch intermediate level should begin to demand more quickness, more power and correct form to drive the ball low into the net. Tip for Coaches on Rapid Fire Drill: To enhance benefits of fun and conditioning, place two players in position to retrieve balls and two players to position balls on SoccerTees. This will add speed to the drill and provide conditioning as fewer players are in line waiting their turn. You may also add a goalie for defending work. In addition, you may angle the line of the SoccerTees, increasing speed and ease of use making successive kicks.

Step Three

Grass Strike Training Step

Once the soccer player achieves consistent “lace kick” results at the intermediate level, they may move on to advanced: the grass! The SoccerTee was developed with the understanding that everyone has a unique learning curve. If one of the levels proves too difficult, the soccer player can always go back to the previous level until they’re ready. In fact, we see players moving from the intermediate 1 inch level to the grass to test a new form and back to the intermediate 1 inch level to continue to work on and improve the form. After kicking through these 3 levels, soccer players should have the muscle memory and the confidence to execute a proper, clean “lace kick” during the critical moments of a game. Even for advanced players, using the SoccerTee every once in a while for a couple practice sessions helps them learn a new kicking skill or improve the strength of the weaker foot.