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
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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