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Hit the Cone [source unknown but not me]

01 Oct

Hit the Cone

  • This game is pure fun, it’s so simple that even four and five year olds can play it yet 15 year olds will gain a lot from it too.
  • Objective: to improve shooting technique, passing and communication.
  • Set up: use a circular or rectangular playing area about 30 yards across.
  • Place a large traffic cone (or a flat cone with a ball balanced on top of it) as a target in the middle of the area.
  • Mark out a five-yard exclusion zone around the cone.
  • Divide your players into teams of three or four.
  • Use three teams per playing area.
  • How to play: each team tries to score a point by hitting the target. Players cannot enter the exclusion zone. First team to five wins.
  • Progressions:
  • Add a goalkeeper or a defender to work in the exclusion zone protecting the target.
  • Reduce the number of touches each player is allowed.
  • Reduce the size of the playing area.
  • Play with two balls.

I might also add as a progression (or as part of it from the beginning) to award 2 points for every ‘goal’ / hitting of the ball and then a point (or maybe a half point; too much?) for whichever team races in and replaces the ball on the cone.

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