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Freeplay drills

Below are the Freeplay drills recommended for Bronze - Silver. 

Areas of Concentration

Boost Control
Camera Switches
Car Steering Control
Jumping off walls
Kickoff Hits
Power-slide Control

Tips for Faster Progression

1. Don't wait for the ball to get in a position where you are comfortable with. Jump sooner or from different angles while still trying to hit the ball hard.

2. If you are doing this properly, you should miss a lot of shots and get more consistent over time. 

3. Spend every day warming up before playing online games

Freeplay Drills
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1. Ground Control
Basic Driving Skills

Map: Utopia Coliseum - Daytime

How: With this map, there is a path around the inside of the arena (see video below). Stay on the path but go as fast as possible. Once you go around 2 times, change directions. Repeat several times

Why: This will help you with learning the car's fundamental movements

Guidelines: 
- If you hit the grass, reset your lap counter
- 2-5 times each direction.

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2. Kickoff Practice

Map: Any

How: Drive into the ball and try to hit it on target. If comfortable, try to flip

Why: You will be doing kickoffs for the rest of your Rocket League days. The sooner you are comfortable with them, the better

Guidelines:
- Hit the ball and reset your shot

- For more reps / min, don't watch the replay

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3. Jump Off Wall
Car Cam

Map: Any

How: Drive along the wall, jump off, and air roll. You want to drive in both directions and air roll in both directions for complete control. Ball Cam OFF

Why: This drill will help you get comfortable using your air roll for small movements, which will lead to improving skills later on

Guidelines:
- Turn the Ball cam off

- Both directions, 5 laps

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4. Jump Off Wall
Ball Cam

Map: Any

How: Same as Drill 3, now ball cam on
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Why: It's easy to get confused when you have your ball cam on, if you get the muscle memory instead of visual cues to air roll your car, control gets easier. 

Guidelines:
- Turn the Ball cam on

- Both directions, 5 laps

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5. Power-slide - 2 Lanes

Map: Utopia Coliseum - Daytime

How: Drive straight and perform a power slide turn once you're at the end of your lane; turn around 180 degrees and go back to the beginning. Repeat

Why: Help you understand the precision of power-sliding

Guidelines:
- Go down past the middle line and turn before the second half of the field (video)
- Complete 5 laps in both directions

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6. Power-slide - 1 Lane

Map: Utopia Coliseum - Daytime

How: Same as Drill 5, now sharper turns. You will now go down and back on lanes that are touching. Dark, light, dark, light, etc.

Why: Fine-tuning your power slide abilities to increase your in-game performance

Guidelines:
- Go down past the midline and turn before the second half of the field (video) - Complete 5 laps in both directions

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7. Boost / Car Control

Map: Any

How: Drive along the outside edge of the center to collect the small boost pads. Once you complete a whole lap, powerslide and turn around

Why: Familiarizing yourself with boost pad spawn locations is very important, especially the small ones

Guidelines:
- Complete 1 lap and turn around, repeat 5 times

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8. Free-play Touches

Map: Any

How: The focus is to hit the ball, toggle between ball cam / car cam, boost, power-slide, and just maintain control

Why: Learning how to control the ball in freeplay will get you more comfortable with the ball and increases your accuracy in-game

Guidelines:
- Freeplay for 15 mins

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