I purchased two of these hands free ball trainers for my son’s. They have been using them nonstop for the past four days and loving them, both are seven years old and new to soccer, so this is really helping them learn technique without having to run after the ball every five seconds. I super recommend for younger kids!!
Now onto the be careful part, for seven years old, there’s no worries in using this product. They don’t have enough power to injur themselves. However when dad who has played soccer all his life, uses it to show them how to punt, if you kick it really hard it’s going to fly back at you really hard (duh) resulting in the most painful jammed thumb of my life! So just bare that in mind. Use this for skills training not cranking up the power! If only I had it on video, would win America’s funniest lol.Yes I know you’re thinking well duh you moron, but when you’re playing around with the kids sometimes you don’t think of it .
I took a gamble on this thing, hoping it would encourage my 9-year-old to practice more and work on his skills,...and hoping it wasn't just a cheap gimmick, 'cause honestly it looked like it could just be a gimmick. When I received it, it looked pretty legit.
Today, we finally got out and practiced with it, and P loved it. I told him what to look and feel for and after I left him alone, he saw I was right and started doing it and enjoying his accuracy and quickness more. It works fast, at least in our experience. The boy likes it, it's fun, and I think he'll be using it more in the future.
Bought this for my 8 year to practice with in our back yard without it flying over the fence every 5 minutes. He works on juggling, juke moves, passing, throw ins- you name it. I love this thing and I'm sure our neighbors do too now that they don't have to return our soccer ball every time he practices. He also gets more practice time with the ball since he doesn't have to chase it every time he works on something. Highly recommend!!!!
Girls love this! As an adult who has played soccer my entire life (and also with this toy), I can tell you the value in it is really learning to kick the ball hard and then “settle” the ball as it bungeed back. As the buggie surrounds one half of the ball the dynamics to learn to add spin, or taking a couple “touches” before a kick is compromised. Girls even remove the bungee cord from the belt and hold it in their hands when they kick. This actually does a much better job of ensuring the cord doesn’t get in their way.
I originally purchased this for my daughter to help get her kick right. I took some flags and placed them in the ground at different angles so the flag part is 2 feet , 4 feet off the ground. Then had her stand back far enough that she could aim and try to hit the targets. This had really improved her kicking and knowing when and how to position herself and her foot to get the ball where needed.
This worked so great I purchased 3 more to keep in my coaches bag and I now have my team use these during practices.
The trainer itself I would say is geared more for youths. The waist band does not go around my waist and I usually wear a 32 or 33 waist in jeans. For my youth U11 team they work great with a lot of room left over if needed.
They fit our size 4 balls with no issues at all.