Outdoor sports improves your athletic skills
But while you are having a great time, you actually develop your athletic skills while playing outdoor sports on the Toro. Marc Lammers would for example have half the team play on the Toro (up to 8 players) to improve their skills and would train different things like passing on the field with the other half of the team. Breaking the team up also means more individual attention per player. The Toro is self-explanatory, so after a brief introduction you do not need to be present as a coach.
What he also likes about the Toro is the fact that it increases player’s insight. Because of the Toro’s design, it forces players to continuously change direction. Not because the coach tells them to, but because they have to choose their own direction. Because of the four goals and the interactive element due to which targets rotate, they can actually play in all directions. Rotating targets also mean you cannot hide in front of your goal anymore, so players are forced to play more pro-active and offensive.
Because of its changing activities, the Toro increases game insight, agility, ball control, footwork, dribbling (especially the ‘Indian dribble’), turning, hand-eye coordination but it also enhances players’ split vision (keeping your eye on the ball, but also determining which of the four goals to aim at).
More specifically, Marc Lammers indicates that the Toro is actually great for children that go to the park to play outdoor sports and might not play that well yet. Playing with four players on the court instead of eight allows them a little bit more space so they can work on their small skills. You can probably do a hundred different outdoor sports drills on the Toro.
But also for elite players the Toro can add tremendous value. Due to the high intensity, elite players are able to perform many crosses, dribbles, on-the-ball performance actions and goal-oriented movements. Especially for elite soccer and field hockey players, performing many brief intense actions during a game and modifying existing skills is very important. The speed of dribbling and accuracy of execution is something that can be worked on at the Toro court extremely well.