skills and development



The SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT Program, step 3 of the Ball So Hard Academies, aims to bridge the gap between players at the intermediate level who aspire to take their game to the next level. Skills are progressed to being a more advanced level requiring greater commitment to effort and execution.  As with our other programs, SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT has a carefully designed progression aimed at allowing players to move through a program that is both challenging while receiving the best coaching possible.

Each of the three levels (bench, starter & MVP) cover the same five skill sets, taught at increasing levels of complexity and intensity. The entire SKILLS & DEVELOPMENT Program should take 18 months – 2 years to work through. It caters for players aged 9 (must be playing A grade/rep if U10’s) – 12 years old as they progress to higher grades of U10’s into U12’s and U14’s.

The skill sets cover:

  • footwork & body movement
  • dribbling & ball handling
  • shooting
  • passing
  • game sense – offensive/defensive

Each level has a checklist of approximately 13 skills which must be met before moving onto the next level. Players will be assessed weeks 1, 5 and 8 of each term to track progression.

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