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Skills Patch Award Winners

Skill patches are awarded to players who, during a designated time in practice, juggle a soccer ball without letting it touch the ground.

10_Touch 25_Touch 50_Touch
10 Touch Patch
25 Touch Patch
50 Touch Patch

2008
Caroline Folsom
Katie Piccioli
Kate Zeliff
Courtney Aylaian
Brody Miller
Corey Stepp
Jasper Yang
Evan Medcraft
Ethan O'Dell
Peter Lam
Christian Suglia
Joel Sharin

2007

Elena Reverdy
Kristina MacLure
Julia Curley
Amanda Miller
Alexandra Wilson
Eliza Young
Charlie Ramsland
Nicole Boucher
Michelle Gelberger
Isaac Luke
PJ Anastas
Brooke Perisho
Jennifer Schwenk
Rylee Gillen
Kristina MacLure
Jenny Anderson

2006
Sarah Clopeck
Hanna Konash
Kylie Lance
Luke Traverse
Olivia Hurd
Julia Hill
Ross Cressman
Nicholas Campana
Josh Faricelli
Patrick Bannon

2005
Michael Statkus

2008
Brooke Perisho
Jenny Anderson
Michael Statkus

2007
Olivia Hurd
Julia Hill
Kylie Lance
Hanna Konash
Elena Reverdy
Sara Clopeck
Kristina MacLure

2006
Jenna Peabody
Drew Korn
Chris DeMello
Bret Perisho
Ross Cressman
Nicholas Campana

2008
Kristina MacLure

2007
Olivia Hurd
Julia Hill
Elena Reverdy
Hanna Konash
Kylie Lance

2006
Noah Wisch
Max Hallwachs
Bret Perisho


How to get a juggling award patch?

The soccer club has decided to make an award to athletes (all soccer players are athletes) who can make 10 touches at juggling. The "Ten Touch Patch" will have a soccer ball and a "10" on it and it can be sewn on your shorts or the sleeve of your uniform. There is also a 25 touch patch and a 50 touch patch for those who really advance with their juggling.

Coaches will give away the award based on juggling "challenges" which they run at practices. The coaches will decide when these challenges are run, and in each challenge you will get three tries only to make your maximum number of touches. Making 10 touches at home will not count for a patch. Making ten touches during practice at a time when your coach is working on something else will not count either. You will have to do it during the juggling challenge, when it is your turn - so be ready! And don't get frustrated if at first you can only make three or two or even one touch. This takes lots of practice for everyone – KEEP TRYING!

What is "Juggling"?

Juggling is an essential soccer skill. It is the foundation for developing "ball control" moves such as in the air traps, volleys, and other advanced moves. Have you ever seen a young player on the attacking side take a goal kick out of the air with the chest or thigh and put it right back into the goal? Pretty impressive and exciting! This skill starts with juggling.

Juggling consists of keeping a soccer ball up in the air by making "touches" on the ball with the various parts of the body that are legal in soccer. This includes pretty much any part of the body except the hands and arms. The easiest part of the body to use is the top of the thigh. Very good jugglers use their chest, head and even shoulders to make touches on the ball!

How do I learn to juggle?

To learn to juggle, first stand on a level spot and get your weight up on the balls of your feet. You need to be quick and light on your feet and ready to move to keep your body under the ball. Hold the ball and drop it on the top of your thigh, bounce it into the air one time and catch it. Use a controlled bounce and try to make the ball go only a foot or two straight up in the air. Repeat this over and over.

When this becomes easy, try to bounce it twice on the same thigh and catch it, then try three times, and so on. Then try the other leg – can you still make three or four touches? If not practice that leg. Then try to alternate legs.

Once you have mastered the tops of your thighs, see if you can make ten touches. If the ball keeps getting away, you should learn to use the laces of the shoe. Again start by dropping the ball onto your laces, bouncing it up and catching it (keep your ankle locked and your toe pointed away from your shin). Try to use a one touch on the laces to bring the ball back in toward your body so that you can go back to using the tops of the thighs.

Learn to use both thighs and feet to make touches on the ball. Practice, practice, practice – there is no other way to learn to juggle!