2 teams combine to play 4 versus 2
To establish the understanding in players that they must scan for the position of the cover defender (avoiding focusing on the player closing them down).
For players to retain possession for five passes. If they succeed in doing this they score a point.
Player on the ball:
Players off the ball:
Players are trying to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. Players inside the area can use the two players on the outside of the grid to help them keep the ball.
Play keep ball. Teams need to keep possession for as long as possible or up to a set number of passes (first to 10 passes etc.)
Try and take the predictability out of the game by disguising where the ball is going and using sudden changes of pace and direction.
Create 2 end zones either side of a line. 2 players are in each end zone and 2 defenders on the line.
The players in the end zones can pass the ball to each other laterally but the aim is to try and pass the ball from one end zone to the other, without the ball being intercepted by the defenders who can only defend on the line.
See how many passes the teams can score against the defenders.
When the defenders have intercepted the ball 3 times the players who played the last pass change over and become the defenders.
- 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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