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Dribble Up Soccer Discounts

We offer Dribble Up soccer ball discounts to a variety of organizations around the country. If you’d like to try out the smart soccer ball and you belong to one of these groups you can click on the Dribble Up coupon link at the end of each section.

Armed Forces Discount
Growing up an Army brat and getting to live in Germany and be a part of the Fußball culture was an experience like no other. Living in Augsburg we could hop a train to Olympiastadion and watch Bayern Munich play – that was way before Allianz Arena.

Stationed in Bavaria we were able to play with the youth teams for both TSV-Kriegshaber and later ASV Rimpar. Even without a shared language, soccer brought together players from different countries and backgrounds.

We traveled around Europe with our Department of Defense high school soccer team to play teams from Bonn, Bremerhaven, Berlin, Bamberg, Brussels, and many other cities in Western Europe. Visiting other countries and cultures helped us realize that we’re more alike than we are different.

Thanks to Uncle Sam for the opportunity be an ambassador for the U.S. and to the women and men whose families make sacrifices that many will never understand but we all benefit from. Any member of the Armed Forces can use this discount. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

United Soccer Coaches Discount
We’re fortunate that United Soccer Coaches is headquartered in the Midwest and that we’ve been able to meet and work with the fantastic home office staff. The training and support they offer soccer coaches and the U.S. soccer community has really helped grow the game in our country. One of the biggest hurdles for youth soccer in the U.S. is a lack of properly trained coaches and United Soccer Coaches has been helping to close that gap for decades.

Locally, the Coaches & Coffee events have helped educate and connect coaches around the metro. All United Soccer Coaches members are eligible for this discount. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

ECNL Discount
The women’s program at University of Missouri Kansas City truly is a “soccer family” for the ladies that play there. Several players from UMKC have come up through ECNL, it helped prepare them to play at a really high level.

As a parents of young soccer players we love that leagues like ECNL give our daughters not only the chance to someday develop at a high level but also a whole group of strong, determined, hard-working, and passionate role models for them to look up to. Any soccer family who plays in the ECNL can take advantage of this discount. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

Development Academy Discount
We’ve seen first hand the training and preparation that programs in the Development Academy offer to young talented soccer players. We’ve been a part of the soccer journey for several players that now play in the Development Academy through the Sporting Kansas City Academy program.

The development and support they provide and their emphasis on developing the whole player is really fantastic. Any family whose team is a part of the Development Academy can use this discount when they buy a Dribble Up soccer ball. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

ODP Discount
The Olympic Development Program for soccer varies from state to state but our experience with ODP has been a good one. Not only does it give players a chance to play with a different mix of kids and learn from different coaches it also gives them another soccer goal to work towards.

When a kid is part of a team and club they establish a certain “soccer identity” about who they are, where they fit, and what they’re capable of. ODP gives them a chance to “rediscover” themselves as a player with a group of kids and coaches who don’t have preconceived ideas about who they are on the pitch.

The program we’ve been involved with does a good job of keeping kids working on developing themselves outside of team practices and gives them another set of soccer goals to achieve. If your family is part of an ODP program in any state in the U.S. you can use this discount. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

Heartland Soccer Discount
The Heartland Soccer league does a good job of offering players in the Midwest a place to develop based on their level of play. With both rec and competitive leagues and quality facilities that can handle a high volume of games they give a wide range of youth soccer players a good opportunity to match up against kids who are at a similar place in their development.

In addition to league play they also put on a lot of tournaments so teams around the Midwest who can’t make regular trips to Kansas City can travel once or twice a season to compete against similar level teams from around the area. The relatively recent addition of a winter futsal league has given our players a chance to stay involved in soccer for a good part of the year. Any team that plays in the Heartland Soccer league is eligible for this discount. Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

Sporting Club Network Discount
Sporting Kansas City established the Sporting Club Network (SCN) to help the professional soccer program connect with youth soccer programs locally and around the Midwest. Our kids have loved participating in the on field clinics and chalk talks where they get to meet players, train with players, ask players questions, and come watch the Rangers and SKC train.

As coaches, we’ve taken advantage of the coaching education sessions they hold and have learned a lot from the Sporting Kansas City staff. The commitment of Sporting Kansas City as an organization to being involved in youth soccer and helping grow players from the early ages has been very impressive. Any club that’s a member of the Sporting Club Network can use this discount – Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

Soccer Parenting Association Discount

Founded by soccer coach and parent, Skye Eddy Bruce, the Soccer Parenting Association offers several different resources to parents whose kids play soccer. They feature articles and interviews from a variety of experts from across youth soccer on their website.

In addition they put together a great team of experts for the Soccer Parenting Summit which covers pretty much any question a soccer parent could have, whether they’re brand new or the parent of a graduating senior. In their Soccer Parent Resource Center you can also ask specific questions of youth soccer experts about your situation.

In addition to serving parents directly the Soccer Parenting Association also works with soccer clubs to advocate coaching education, reduce instances of unfit coaches and coach bullying, and help clubs develop programming, parent education/engagement, and overall policies. Although Skye is a former college soccer player and has also coached at all levels of youth sports from from U-5 recreation to the U.S. National Team programs she now focuses mainly on helping parents and clubs learn how to create teams and clubs where young soccer players can thrive. All members of the Soccer Parenting Association are eligble for this discount –  Size 4 Ball – Size 5 Ball

Youth Soccer Programs

Although Soccer Stripes is based in the Midwest many of our earliest families were from California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio. To say thanks we’ve created a discount for teams that play as part of the following youth soccer organizations:

  • NorCal Premier
  • CalNorth
  • South Texas Youth Soccer Association
  • Florida Youth Soccer Association
  • Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
  • New York State West Youth Soccer Association
  • Northern New York Youth Soccer
  • Ohio South Youth Soccer
  • Ohio Youth Soccer Association North

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Club Discounts

We also offer discounts to soccer clubs. You can check to see if your club is one of them or get information on soccer club discounts on our Dribble Up coupon for clubs page. Being part of a team is a big part of the experience of playing soccer. Being part of one of these organizations can really help a team connect with other like-minded coaches, players, and families to improve the game of soccer and the development of young players across the country. If there’s an organization we’ve missed that you’d like to see added here please let us know.

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Dribble Up Soccer Juggling App

The Dribble Up app has 3 main ways you can improve your soccer skills: ball control, shooting, and juggling. We’ve done a soccer shooting app review so now it’s time for a look at the Dribble Up juggling feature.

You get to the juggle tracker from the main user screen of the app by clicking on the Juggling Tile. At that point it asks you to roll your Dribble Up soccer ball into the tracker to get started juggling.  That step is pretty straight forward, use your foot to move the ball into the circle on the screen to get the juggle tracker ready.

After you scan the ball you want to make sure you don’t stand too close to the device for a few reasons. The first is pretty simple, if you’re juggling really close to your phone or tablet and take a bad touch the ball could get away and knock over your device.

Another reason to stay at least a few feet back from the device is that getting the ball too close to the camera can cause it to count extra juggles, in our experience.

You’ll know once you’ve successfully scanned your ball because the juggle count shows up on your screen, starting with zero. At that point you can begin juggling and the counter goes up with your touches and the app will read out a count of how many times you’ve juggled the Dribble Up ball.

Once you lose control and the ball drops the counter goes back to zero but the app does show you the highest number of juggles you have that session and also how many juggles you need to reach the next juggling level. When you’re not juggling if you touch the screen you’ll see the option to “Finish” which will end your juggling session.

Smart Ball Juggling

Our take on the smart ball juggling training is a little different then our thoughts on the smart ball foot skills. If you’re starting to learn basic foot skills then the Dribble Up app is great for teaching your feet the right movements. However, if you’re just learning how to juggle then you probably don’t want to jump right into the app to track your juggles.

The reason for this is that it’s easier to teach your brain and foot to do a Toe Tap or Foundation than it is to keep a moving soccer ball in the air. So if you’re a beginning juggler a really great way to start to train your brain and your feet on how to juggle is the “drop and catch” trick.

You drop the ball onto your strong foot, kick it up into the air, then catch it with your hands. Then you do the same for your weak foot and then alternate back to your strong foot. See how many times you can do this in a row without letting the ball hit the ground.

Once you get to 100, then try and juggle the ball back and forth between your left and right foot without catching it. You still might not be able to keep the ball up for a long time but it’s probably a little better than when you first started.

You can continue the “drop and catch” method and challenge yourself to see how many you can get in a row without dropping. Once you feel pretty confident then you can move on to the “bounce juggle”.

Bounce Juggle

This requires more control than the drop and catch but isn’t as tricky as straight up juggling. With bounce juggling you drop the ball on your strong foot and kick it up in the air. Let it bounce once, then kick it back up into the air with your weak foot. So you’re not having to be as precise as juggling the ball the whole time in the air but now you’re adding in the practice of moving your feet and body in between each juggle to prepare yourself for the next juggle.

Count how many bounce juggles you can get in a row with the ball only bouncing once in between each juggle. Once you’ve gotten in 50 bounce juggles then try regular juggling and you’ll see you’ve gotten a little better at it.

The whole reason to progressively work on your juggling is that starting cold can be frustrating. We don’t want players getting frustrated and giving up because they’re not having success with their juggles. You can use these methods with a Dribble Up ball but don’t have the app running because the drop/catch or bounce juggling will simply confuse it.

Tracking Juggling Improvement
If you’re able to juggle a little bit and want to get better the Dribble Up ball can be a fun way to measure your progress. See how many juggles you can get with the app running and then work on the bounce juggle method described above for a while without the smart ball app. After you’ve trained for a while juggle with the app again and chances are you’ll see your score improved.

Right now it doesn’t track your juggle count over time like it does for footwork but that feature will surely come in future releases. That ability to see your training history is one of the features that a lot of players love about the smart ball and the app will be even better once it tracks your juggle history as well.

Juggle Contests
Once you’ve improved your juggling to the point that you can consistently keep the ball up over time then the app becomes a fun way to compete against your friends. Once a juggle tracking leaderboard is added the juggling feature will be a good way to run a juggle-off or a juggle-a-thon for your team or club.

Learning to Juggle

So, in summary. If you’re wanting to learn how to juggle I wouldn’t use the app to track your juggles right away because that could be frustrating. Instead use the methods described above to get comfortable with juggling and as you improve you can start using the app to challenge yourself and your friends.

Another good time to use the juggling app is when training is canceled for weather and you want to get touches on the ball but you can’t get outside. Just be sure to clear the counters and tables of fragile items before you start your juggling!

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Dribble Up Soccer Playlist

The Dribble Up soccer app really helped our kids improve their technical footwork over the summer. One of the reasons it made a difference is that they went through playlists in the smart ball app every day. Those consistent touches on the ball really helped develop their muscle memory so the motions of standard fakes and feints were more natural.

Of course it takes some discipline to do technical footwork training every day consistently in the summer. One of the questions we get from some soccer families is how do players get into the habit of regular technical training? Some kids who are really passionate about the game and about getting better will just do it on their own but of course every player is different.

How to Motivate Kids to Train Regularly?

For every one youth soccer player you know that goes out and trains on their own you probably know a few more who might need some reminding or urging to get in their regular training. We tried several things over the summer to see what could help motivate regular training. One thing that was pretty successful was our soccer skills contest but it was a lot of work to setup and run.

Dribble Up Settings

One thing that was simple but effective was the use of a song playlist to go along with their Dribble Up soccer playlist. Inside the Dribble Up app under Settings there’s sub menu called “Audio & Video Settings”. Inside that section you can toggle off the Background Music that plays while your kid is going through the drills.

The music that comes with the smart ball app is good to have when they’re going through the drills, it can get them fired up. However, something we found what works even better (at least for our daughter) is turning off the music and instead playing her own music playlist.

Over time she’s created a “pump up” playlist that she likes to listen to before games. We have it setup as a Spotify playlist and we discovered that she also really enjoys listening to it while she works on her foot skills with DribbleUp. Listening to that playlist kind of gets her “into the zone” so she doesn’t even think about the fact she’s getting in lots of reps on the ball. When she’s listening her adrenaline is pumping and the energy level is high.

Here are some of the songs on her playlist:

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO
Better When I’m Dancin – Meghan Trainor
Confident – Demi Lovato
Girls Just Want to Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper
Dark Horse – Katy Perry
The Champion – Carrie Underwood
Firework – Katy Perry
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Fight Song – Rachel Platten
Girl on Fire – Alicia Keys
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
Roar – Katy Perry
This is Me – Keala Settle

Obviously her playlist has a lot of “girl power” and it might not work for an 11 year old boy but that’s fine. Every kid has their own pre-game music that gets them going. If they can listen to that when they’re doing Dribble Up playlists or any other technical soccer drills at home then they’re more likely to do it.

Soccer Training Playlist

Not only is your player more likely to be motivated to work on their skills but once they get into a groove they’re probably more likely to work on it for longer because their music gets them “in the flow”. For that reason it’s good to have a longer list of songs setup, 12-14 could work well for younger kids.

Dribble Up soccer playlist

They probably won’t go through all of them each time, if they’re doing a ball workout that lasts 10 minutes and they have 12 songs that are 2-4 minutes each then they’ll only get through some each day. If you put the songs on shuffle then they’ll have a good mix of music over time. Having them play in a random order keeps it fresh and prevents them from associating a certain song with a specific part of the workout.

Over time you can create multiple playlists with different “moods”. For example this one is my daughter’s “go to” list of pump up songs but she has other playlists she can listen to depending on how she’s feeling. Music can be a powerful mental tool. Even if she doesn’t feel like training if we put one of these playlists on Alexa it can help prepare her to break out the boots.

So if you’re looking for a way to motivate your player to train more often or for longer stretches or even just to help mix up their training routine you can try putting their footskills to a playlist.