This exercise is very good for teaching players to run with the stick at the right angle.
Make the players run with the ball with both their hands near the ground. and tell them that after a couple 5 meters they can come up slow to where they feel comfortable.
This normally makes the players run lower then they where and also makes them keep the ball in front of them while running
This practice is good to teach players to run the ball in front rather then by their side and to close to the feet.
Ask the player to not move their feet while trying to push the ball as far forward as possible. Just before the player loses their balance they can start moving their feet while keeping the ball at the same distance throughout their run.
Players can use this technique when passing or shooting at goal. Hold the stick with your palms facing upwards and turn the stick so that the flat side of the hook is facing the sky. The back swing should be short and remain close to the ground. Place your weight onto your right foot, with the ball slightly in front. For a pass/ sweep shot ensure you get low and hit the middle of the ball. For a controlled lifted shot players should hit into the back of the ball.
- Performing the reverse stick shot or 'tomohawk' - The Grip: Move the stick 90 degrees from the standard strongside hitting position. This moves from hitting with the flat face to the blade of the stick. - Players will naturally be more comfortable of a particular foot. Either foot is fine
Stick should be carried in the right hand only when looking to recover a defensive position or run into space on an attack
Right hand only When the player needs to run fast and is not in a position to receive the ball the player can run with the stick in one hand (right) When the player is about to receive and moving around the player should hold the stick with both hands
Player 1 feeds any other attacker who controls and (a) shoots or (b) develops to other attackers making 1 or 2 passes before shoting (as in the diagram)
- Dribbling through a slalom of cones, keeping the ball on the strong side throughout - Footwork is key
Simple and effective control and footwork exercise. Players dribble around the cones maintaining contact with the ball at all times.
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