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Dribble Up Coupon for Your Club Map

Find Dribble Up coupon codes for soccer clubs or organizations that have players who use the smart ball for training. Some clubs use the ball for the whole team and others have players who train with it on their own to get ahead. You can check here for your club promo code - Size 4 | Size 5 .

You can enter your club’s name below to see if a dribble up coupon code exists for your club. You can also include your team name or coach to see if your team has a dribble up team account, that’s optional – not necessary.

So, for example, you could mention just your club “Southern Soccer Academy”. Or you could say “Southern Soccer Academy – U12 boys”.

Be sure to also include your email address in the field below it so we can send you your discount code.



Who Uses Dribble Up?

After most orders we have a conversation with the family to learn more about the player(s) who will be using the smart ball and the soccer club or organization(s) that they play for.

We’ve noticed several things that the players have in common.

1) Multiple Soccer Teams
Many of the youth players are playing on multiple teams. Whether it’s their high school team, club team, rec team, ODP team – many kids play for more than one team. Overall these players really love the game and just want to get in as many chances to play as possible.

Some players on the very top level teams that participate in the Development Academy ( DA ) or Elite Clubs National League ( ECNL ) only play for that one club but are very committed to their club’s intense training schedule.

2) Enjoy Skills Training
Another common thread is that these players can spend hours training away from team practice. It’s not just time specifically spent on foot skills, one dad said his daughter has a size 1 ball that’s always at her feet. As she’s brushing her teeth in the morning or evening she’s juggling or passing off the wall.

Another mom said her son just “plays soccer nonstop”. Of course it makes sense that these kids would enjoy the Dribble Up ball, they’re passionate about the game/training and the smart ball gives them another way to do that.

3) Ball Envy
Most families who come looking for a smart soccer ball have either used one or been told about one. Some folks start off looking for the Adidas miCoach smart ball and end up getting a Dribble Up because of the price difference but most of them either tried out or had DribbleUp specifically recommended to them by other players or by coaches.

For example, one dad said that a local college uses the the ball to help develop their players individually and someone on the coaching staff recommended it for his daughter.

We lent one of ours out to a friend and haven’t gotten it back yet. We’re hoping once they get their own smart ball it’ll show up again, it’s definitely addicting!

4) Supportive & Curious Parents
Often times parents who buy a smart ball are in some role of leadership within a soccer club. Whether it’s as a team manager, a coach, registrar, director of coaching, or technical director many times they’ll also have a kid in the club and they’re testing out the smart ball.

This is encouraging for those clubs because it shows that folks who have a role in the future of the club are interested in trying out new methods to help their players develop.

Dribble Up Clubs

Below is a map of all the soccer clubs or organizations who have players that are using the smart soccer ball. If your club isn’t represented and should be let us know. You can click on the soccer player icon to see more info about each club. One thing you’ll notice is that many of the clubs are in the Midwest where we’re located. There are teams on both the East Coast and West Coast but the Midwest is definitely ahead in the number of Dribble Up players.

Why are we interested in what players are using the ball and which clubs they play for? As we mentioned earlier it’s encouraging when club leaders are looking for new approaches to help develop their players.

However, we don’t think it’s solely the job of the club and coach to develop soccer players. Just like teachers in school hope and expect that parents will be involved in encouraging their kids to read and learn at home – coaches appreciate and expect when their players put in the work to get better outside of team training.

Setting an Example

Just the other night at the end of training we shared with our U12 players that we could tell which kids are doing work outside of practice. Those players are not only making themselves better technically but also making the team better because their better touch and comfort with the ball gives them more time to make tactical decisions. It also accelerates the learning process at training because they’re able to more easily pick up and execute the new skills we’re teaching.

We don’t think players need to rely only on their coach and club to help them improve.  Clubs that have kids that are motivated to get better on their own help make those clubs better and to contribute towards creating a culture of hard work and development. That’s why we’re interested in which clubs have players using training tools like Dribble Up.

Here’s a list of clubs by region

  • Mid-West
    • SC Waukesha
    • Sun Prairie Soccer
    • Nationals Tri-County
    • Sporting Lees Summit
    • Minneapolis United
    • Sporting Springfield
    • Lakeview High School
    • St. Charles Youth Soccer
    • Michigan WolveHawks
    • Michigan Jags
    • CUSA Crew
    • Midland Soccer Club
    • Vardar Soccer Club
    • KC Scott Ghallager
    • South Suburban Soccer Assn
    • Piper Soccer Club
    • Prior Lake Soccer Club
  • South
    • South Carolina United FC
    • Brevard SA
    • Cape Coral Soccer Association
    • United Futbol Academy
    • Houston Dynamo Academy
    • Southern Soccer Academy
    • James Island Youth Soccer
  • East
    • Howell Soccer Club
    • East Hampton Soccer Club
    • Western New York Flash Academy
    • Global Premier Soccer Rhode Island
    • Cedar Stars Academy
    • Torpedoes Soccer Club
  • West
    • Spokane Scotties
    • Maple Valley Premier League
    • Valley Center Hurricanes
    • LA Galaxy South Bay
    • Heat FC
    • Inland Empire Surf Soccer Club

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DribbleUp Smart Soccer Ball Users Guide

When we first bought the DribbleUp smart ball the team told us we didn’t need any instructions or a manual, installing and using the app was simple – but if we had questions to let them know.

The DribbleUp app was simple to use and we started training with it the afternoon we opened the box. However, many of you who purchased a smart ball from our store have asked for installation and setup instructions so here is the DribbleUp users guide.

If you don’t yet have a smart ball and would like to try one out we have both size 4 and size 5 that we can ship out right away, you can return it if the ball doesn’t meet your training needs – click here to Dribble Up.

For new developments on the smart ball, tips on using it for training, and Dribble Up coupons enter your email below:

1) Download the Free DribbleUp App

iPhone / iPad App

You can download the DribbleUp app on newer generations of an iPad or an iPhone.  I tested it on my wife’s iPhone 5 and it ran great, anything older than that and you could start running into a laggy experience when doing the drills.  It’s a sophisticated tracking application that requires a lot of processing and optical tracking so your experience won’t be as good on older phones. That goes for both iPhone and Android devices.

Obviously the benefit of running the app on your iPad is that you have a bigger viewing area when you’re training but then it’s not quite as portable as your phone. Luckily you don’t have to choose, you can install the app on both your iPhone and your iPad and use it on the device that suits your situation. You’ll need an additional stand for a tablet that doesn’t come with the DribbleUp ball but you can find them on Amazon.

If you do a search in the Apple App store you’ll see two listings, one for basketball and one for soccer.  Here’s a link to the soccer version in the App Store – Dribble Up App iOS

Here’s the link to the Android version in the Google play store. You can run the app on both Android phones and Android tablets (although the Amazon Fire is based on Android the processor isn’t strong enough to run the tracking app) – DribbleUp App Android

2) Create Your DribbleUp User Account

When you first open the app you’ll be taken to a sign in screen that will have link to the Sign Up screen if you’re new user. They don’t require much information – just Username and Password.

Name – Your Name isn’t shown in the app, I assume it’s used for customer service purposes or perhaps will show in later versions.

Username – Your Username is what will display on the leaderboard so choose it carefully.

If you’re signing up as part of a team your coach may have a certain format that they want you to use. It’s not possible right now but I can see in the future DribbleUp giving you the option to publish your profile online for other players or coaches to see. So imagine yourself someday sending a link to your DribbleUp profile to a college coach and what they might think of the username you chose.

If you have multiple people using the DribbleUp ball you can create a different account with a different user name for each of them. We have a different account for each of our kids and once you setup the accounts you can switch between them in the app.

Email – Your email isn’t used in the app, only if DribbleUp needs to contact you.

Password – Once you create your password you probably won’t need it again for a while since the app remembers you. If you do forget it there’s a Forgot Password option.

3) Assemble Phone Stand

The phone stand ships as two pieces to avoid any damage en route.  Assembling the stand is pretty simple, screw the bottom tripod into the top phone holder.  The legs of the tripod telescope out to get your phone higher off the ground and to give it a better angle to track the ball from.

If you need a tablet stand you can use the same base and simply order a top section that holds a tablet.

4) Slide in Android or iPhone

Pull up on the top section of the phone holder, slip your phone into the holder, and let the top slide back down and hold your phone tight.

Be sure to position your phone far enough to the right so that the stand doesn’t press on any of the buttons on the side of your phone.

We’ve found it helps to angle the phone downwards a bit once it’s in, point it slightly towards the floor. Something else to be aware of is that a bright light in the background behind the ball can throw off it’s tracking. For example, if you’re inside and there’s a bright lamp behind you it can cause issues with the upcoming scan step.

5) Open the DribbleUp App

You’ll see something that looks like the picture below. To get started, tap the “Daily Workout” tile to see any homework assigned to you via our virtual skills team, by your coach, or through the Dribble Up daily skills.

The default playlists from DU Everyday will have simple 2 minute playlists with 3 or 4 drills each. If you’re part of our virtual skills team there will be a variety of playlists. The playlists listed first will be the longest and most complex, the farther you go down the list the shorter and simpler they get. For instructions on how to access those playlists read about the Soccer Stripes Squad.

Below the “Daily Workout” tile you’ll see a tile called “Ball Control”. Tapping on that tile will take you to the library of workouts that DribbleUp has built. The drills are organized in order of simplest to more complex labeled – Novice, Rising Star, Pro, First Team, Elite, MVP, World Class.

The first time you open the app or click on a playlist you’ll probably see a dialog that says “Setup your first program”, go ahead and click the green “Setup” button. This will download some of the videos and playlists to your smart ball app so that you can use the app to work on the soccer drills even when you’re not on the network or on wi-fi.

6) Soccer Drill Prep

A good way to get started before jumping right into one of the workouts is to tap the “Ball Control” icon and choose one of the soccer drills from the library like Foundations or Sole Flicks.

Once you tap on a drill it will show you a preview video of the drill. The app shows you the trainer doing the foot skill and then zooms in and shows you a slo-mo shot of the drill so you can see how it works. Once you’re familiar with the move you can tap the green “Start” button and it’ll ask you to scan the ball as we showed you above.

This is a nice way to start because it’s only 1 drill and gets you used to the Dribble Up app and how it tracks the ball. There’s no time pressure of moving onto the next drill, you can keep playing with the same drill again until you’re comfortable with it and have the hang of how the smart ball app works.

Here is an example of the trainer demonstrating one of the drills for you.

 

Once you’re comfortable with the moves in the playlist you’re ready to press the Start button.

7) Start the Playlist

Once you press the green Start button you’ll see this screen, asking you to scan the DribbleUp ball. Drop your ball on the floor and roll it with your foot so it shows up inside the circle on the screen and once the ball is scanned the playlist will begin.

You’ll know right away if the scan didn’t work because the virtual cones that show on the screen will be red.  Typically the virtual cones are green and only turn red if you go outside of them.

If the cones are red immediately, tap the screen again and you’ll be given the option to either Quit or Resume.  Choose the Quit option – then press the Start button and scan your ball again.  If you’re consistently getting red cones make sure you don’t have a bright light source behind you that’s confusing the app.

Each drill will show you a video demo and then give you a few seconds to get ready before it starts a timer.  When the timer begins that means the app has started grading your skills.

7) Review Your Performance

After you’ve completed the playlist the app shows you a score of how you did on each drill. The drills are graded on four different aspects:

 

Speed – Execute as quickly as possible while keeping control

Cone Control – Keep the cones green

Consistency – Each touch should take the same length & time

Pattern – Match the pattern of touches for the drill.

You can tap the screen to read more about your score for each one of those areas.

Player Progress

DribbleUp also has a Progress tile that shows a history of all the skills sessions you’ve gone through. This is a great measure of technical development because players can see their progress over time. Ideally they’ll see themselves getting higher scores if they consistently use the app to train those same playlists.

At some point when they move up to the next level of difficulty it’s likely the scores will dip again as they work to master the additional attention to detail.

 

Awards & Leaderboard 

One of the ways that Dribble Up motivates players to train harder is via the Rewards tile which unlocks different awards as you progress through your skills training. You reach different levels by earning points. It has multiple Levels such as “Rising Star”, “Going Pro”, “First Cut”, “MVP”, “Corner Kick”, “Gold Star”, “Pitch Legend”, etc.

Some of the levels will turn the ball tracker a different color (purple, green, yellow, orange, red), which is a neat visual way to show progress. As you train more your ball tracker will change colors as you move up the Levels.

Another common motivational tool that has proven successful in many sports is the Leaderboard. As you can see in this graphic you access it from the main screen by tapping the Leaderboards tile. This view compares you to other players using DribbleUp and has been particularly effective in getting my kids to consistently train with the app. There’s something about a player list and where you rank that keeps you coming back into the app and wanting to move up higher relative to the other players.  Of course the only way you can do that is to train more!

Everyone sees the Global leaderboard but if you’re a part of one or more virtual teams, like our Soccer Stripes Squad, you’ll see multiple leaderboards and your rank on each one. The leaderboard has two different views, you can see where you stand for the current week and also “All-Time”.

So if you’ve logged hundreds of hours with Dribble Up since you downloaded the smart ball app you might rank pretty high on the “All-Time” leaderboard but if you’ve had a busy week and haven’t done much training you could be towards the bottom of the weekly leaderboard.

Juggling & Shooting

The Ball Control feature is probably the most used feature of the smart ball app. The library of drills is pretty big and the combination of playlists of drills can keep players improving for a  long time on their footwork with a variety of different drills each day or week.

However, many users waited eagerly for the Shooting and Juggling features when the app first came out and we’re happy to say now that they’re both available.

As you can see here you can access both Shooting and Juggling from the main screen by tapping on their respective tiles. The Juggling tile tracks how many consecutive juggles you’re able to successfully string together. The juggle counter only counts touches that are below the knees so this method requires more control. We did a juggling app review and also offer some tips on how you can start off simply and get better at juggling over time.

The Dribble Up shooting app feature requires more setup and on that page we go into detail on how to set up and use the shooting functionality. It’s a fun way to compete against your family or teammates and also a good way to get more consistent about the placement of the ball when you shoot.

DribbleUp Support

If you have issues with a ball itself let us know and we’ll get you a replacement. If you have a problem using the ball email us and we’ll help you work through it.

If you have a problem with the app report it to the DribbleUp team. We had a strange bug in beta mode where the Slap Cut Squirt drill set our kids points back to zero. Needless to say they weren’t very pleased but the Dribble Up team got the bug fixed right away and corrected the whole issue quickly. So if you find a bug in the app the team will fix it right away.

If you have feature requests can also submit those to the DribbleUp team but those aren’t guaranteed to be made. The developers of the app are eager to improve the experience but I had a few suggestions that weren’t implemented because they solved the problem we were encountering in a different way than suggested. So if you have recommendations or enhancement requests please pass them to the DribbleUp team for consideration.

If you have any other questions that aren’t addressed here please leave a comment below or send us an email to support@soccerstripes.com

 

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Why You Should Let Your Soccer Player Watch More TV

Watching professionals at work is a fabulous way to learn the intricacies of the beautiful game called soccer or football.

As with any team sport there is a LOT you can teach a young mind about the game but most coaches only have a few hours a week to train their players. To make sure their players fully grasp a concept coaches plan their practices to train their kids on one main concept per training session.

So if your daughter or son practices twice a week their coach only has time to teach or reinforce one or two key concepts that week. Coaches have many more things they’d like to teach your kid than they’re able to squeeze into their small weekly allotted window of time.

And that is why, if you want your kid to be a better player, you should let them watch more TV. Of course not just any TV, they should watch soccer!

Can Watching Help My Player Get Better?

It makes sense if you think about all the things your kids learn just from watching you or older siblings. They may not understand why it is that what you’re doing works but they see your actions and they see results.

There are many different ways to watch a soccer game. As my son will tell you I like to watch a game with the remote close by so I can rewind and slow-mo key moments during a game to make some coaching points. I actually like to rewind 30 seconds before a key a point and show them the build up and how certain player actions contributed to an outcome in the game. At first he’d groan and pretend to listen as I pointed those things out but as he got older he really did start listening and hopefully connecting some dots in his brain.

Of course you don’t need to pause and analyze a soccer match to learn from it. After you watch enough games you can see patterns where players do similar things in certain situations. Your kid may not know tactically why that overlapping run works but they see the pros do it with success and try it in a game or practice.

You don’t have to sit down and analyze a game with your daughter. Soccer may not be your thing and you feel like you have nothing to offer them. That’s just fine but they can still learn by just watching the professional game.

Of course another benefit is that seeing the game played well can be really exciting and help them grow their love of the game.  For example, this picture is of Borussia Dortmund playing Schalke and they went up 4-0 in the first 29 minutes, pretty impressive.  Then eventually Schalke came back and scored 4 unanswered goals to tie it up, quite an exciting match!

Soccer on TV

Finding good soccer to watch is a lot easier to be than it used to. Back in the dark ages you couldn’t get any soccer on TV but now you can watch English Premier League on NBC Sports and Bundesliga on Fox Sports. If your cable package doesn’t offer those you can always find highlights on YouTube. Of course highlights aren’t as instructional as a whole game but they can be a good way to get your player interested in watching soccer.

If you can’t get your daughter to sit through a whole game a good alternative are shows like Premier League Goal Zone that feature highlights of the games from the league.  One benefit is that they feature the goals which are an exciting part of the game. Fans who watch the game regularly appreciate many other parts – such as great tackles, skillful buildup play, 1v1 attacking & defending, but even someone who’s just started watching soccer will appreciate a fantastic goal. Another benefit of highlight shows such as these is that they offer discussions on certain parts of the game and the impact the players actions have. For example, in the video below the commentators provide analysis of the buildup to a goal.

Another interesting option is that the NCAA puts videos of it’s college soccer games online.  We have enough professional options to watch that I don’t usually checkout those games till it gets down to the Final 4 and you have the best teams playing. However if you can’t get any professional games these would be another option:

This can also be fun if any of these college teams are in your area because then you might get to know some of the players and be able to go watch a few in person.

How Do I get My Kid to Watch Soccer?

I remember the first time I took my son to watch a professional soccer game, it wasn’t long after the Kansas City Wizards re branded to Sporting KC and it turned out to be waaaay too early. My friend and I enjoyed the game but the only thing our sons enjoyed was running up and down the steps in the stadium and getting snacks.

This is something that’s easier to do if you’re already a fan of the soccer because you’ll probably be watching games yourself and your kid might eventually show some interest. I’m sure the age where they show interest varies, just try not to make watching the game a “chore”. The whole point of the sport is for it to be fun but if you start lecturing about key points of the game too early you could turn them off watching it.

Give it a try and if they don’t seem interested then try it again when they get a little older.

If you’re not a soccer fan and your kid just picked up the game this will be harder for you. If they really like soccer and want to get better it’s worth putting in a little effort to having them watch professional games.

Here’s a few ways to get your kid watching more soccer:

Watch a Certain Player
If they already have a favorite team they’ll probably have a few favorite players so just tune in to have them watch. One great way to help them find a favorite player if they don’t have one, or even learn about other exciting players, is to get them some soccer cards or soccer stickers.

Topps and Donruss, who you might know from baseball cards, now have some good soccer card sets. An Italian company named Panini has some pretty neat soccer albums and sticker collections and they role out new ones for tournaments like the Euro Cup, Copa America, or the World Cup.

It’s been a little harder to find good soccer cards for my daughter but I’ve managed to get her some from the US Women’s National Team. One player that’s really grabbed the attention of kids around the U.S. is the young and talented Christian Pulisic – you can watch him play for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and for the U.S. Men’s National Team.

Fantasy Soccer
My son has always loved watching Premier League games early Saturday or Sunday morning but this is the first year we entered the Premier League fantasy league and it’s been a lot of fun. Our teams aren’t great but earning points for players performance has really gotten him into the games.

I know Fantasy sports can take up a lot of time but we’re not playing to win our league but rather not be in the bottom 3 (kind of like the actual teams in the EPL). We don’t invest a lot of time into it. Sadly there have been days where we’ve started an injured player who didn’t even see the field and we earned no points. But every weekend my son logs in with great anticipation to see how many points he’s earned. We definitely follow it even more closely than before we picked a fantasy team.

It’s also fun to give each other a hard time when your picks do poorly. For example, the very first game of the season two of my best players got red cards which plummeted me to the bottom of the league quickly and my son got a real kick out of it.

Despite all of that we did manage to climb into the top 20 of our league (briefly) and reach the top 1.5 millions players out of a total of 5.5 million.

 

Interactive Viewing
We created some Soccer Bingo cards that have been fun for our youngest kids and have gotten them watching a few games with us. The premise is simple – every person gets a card that has a soccer specific technique, tactic, or play in each space. All my kids watched a premier leage game together, which had never happened before. The youngest were asking about what each of the spaces meant and I helped them recognize events in the game.

One thing we found that was fun was to give each player more than one soccer bingo card to fill out. This meant more action for each kid which kept them engaged. We also made the rule that you could only put on one marker per event. So if you had the space named “give and go” on two boards you could only mark it off on one at a time

Playing is Better than Watching
Of course any time your daughter or son has the chance to play soccer rather than just watching it I’d always opt for playing. We’ve had many times where practices or games conflicted with a game time and we pretty much always chose to get the touches rather than watch the pros. A DVR or Youtube makes this a lot easier. In fact sometimes we turn on recorded Premier leage games while our kids put on all their soccer gear in the morning to get their “soccer brains” going.

How Do You Know it’s Working?

That’s a tricky question to answer because it’s not like your kid will watch a few professional soccer games and then suddenly own the soccer field.  Learning from watching players and building a love of the game is a gradual process. A first good sign will be if your kid starts asking to watch games or jumping on Youtube to watch highlights in their free time.  The important thing is to get them excited about watching a team or a player and eventually some of that soccer they watch will soak in.

That’s one of the many reasons I was so disappointed the U.S. didn’t qualify for the World Cup this summer. The excitement it generates for the sport around the country is contagious. Going to giant watch parties with hundreds of other fans is such a neat experience and I’m sad all the youth players in the U.S. will miss out this time round.  However, we are going to adopt a team or two in the tournament and cheer for them this summer.