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.
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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