The following is from Inside Youth Sport which speaks about the importance of players keeping their heads up, especially important when involved in team sports. We will posting parts of their post over the coming days. The challenge for young players is in keeping their heads up, something that happens when using Chin Up Goggles in training situations, and once it becomes a habit from training players do it naturally in game situations.
Have you ever watched a beginner soccer or basketball player dribble a ball? Typically, this young player is constantly looking down at the ball—especially when closely defended. This behaviour is understandable as the player has not yet developed the skills and confidence necessary to dribble the ball without looking at it.
Unfortunately, more advanced players often demonstrate the same behaviour. When under pressure (or trying to score) they turn their head downward, exerting all of their concentration and effort on advancing the ball past their defenders.
The problem with this behaviour is that success in sports depends on knowing where teammates and opponents are located, where advantage and disadvantage situations exist, and how best to get the ball to, and into, the goal.
To recognize opportunities and play your best, you must be able to see the entire playing field or court and that means keeping your head up whenever possible. The ability to do so, especially when trying to control a ball against defensive pressure, depends on your skill level and confidence. You must become comfortable performing these skills while focusing most of your attention on the action around you and elsewhere.