on the reverse stick side running into space
The player without the ball (player 2) runs towards the opposite cone and communicates to their partner that they are ready to receive the ball.
After making the straight pass player 1 runs to the opposite cone to receive a square pass from player 2.
Player 2 must adjust their body and footwork in order to receive the ball.
Passing & Receiving
Set out lines of cones in two different colours.
One player always along the red line and the other always along the blue cones.
Players pass the ball to the other player every time they reach a cone, culminating in a switching of sides and changing of passing order when they reach the final cone.
Movement off the ball
Moving back and forth between two cones players make straight and diagonal passes to each other while moving.
Passing & Receiving
The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender, staying just out of reach. In the meantime player 1 has to run diagonally into the space behind the defender.
Player 2 has two options they can pass the ball into the space behind the defender for player 1 to run onto or player 2 can keep the ball and continue to run past the defender.
Player 2 can pass at any time and must run to be available for the return pass from player 1.
Scoring on the break
- Elimination Skills - Utilise the V-drag skill - Rapid change of direction from left to right - Drive towards red cone, use large drag to bring the ball towards the back foot - Explode out at 90 degrees towards the cone - Pass to the next player
Common mistake the ball being run by the side or behind the body you can see that the feet are also not pointing forward but slightly to the side.
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.
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
player running with the ball looking up to shout out the number of fingers held up by the recieving player. Good to use in a simple relay practice.
Coach's objective: Drag from left to right thus creating time in which to pass to the right Purpose : To drag the ball backwards and away from an imaginary opponent Players work individually and can use a cone to represent the imaginary opponent.
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.
Coaches objective: To further increase the speed of the push to minimise unnecessary interceptions Purpose: To push the ball through your opponents goal Structure : Pairs
- Performing a dive to score a goal - Deflecting on the open side
Player practices the foot pattern in isolation. Strating in the middle and stepping out with their right foot to put their foot at 4 and back.
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