Ball each players have to stand next to the ball with the ball on the right. On the whistle the players should turn towards the ball spread their feet either side of the ball bend down and put the stick behing the ball. This would be the position the ball should be stopped. Repeat the practivce lots of times to make sure every player understands the position. Then progress to the passing of the ball in pairs.
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
Players pass and control ball on stick, forehand to forehand.
Ball is not allowed to bounce off the stick.
Passing & Receiving
To teach players to stick stop this practice is a good warm up to taech them how to absorb the ball and show them the importance of the left hand in the strick stop
The players should get in pairs and roll the ball at each other for thepartner to stop the ball with the hand and roll the ball slightly forward.
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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