This practice encourages concentration and awareness.
3 players (A, B and C) stand on the cones making the top three points of a star (they are static during the practice), the fourth point in made up of a queue of players in pairs.
The first pair start. Players 1 passes the ball out to player A and follows their pass, running around them.
Player 2 runs staright forward and receives the pass from player A in the centre of the star.
Player 2 then passes out to player B and follows their pass running around them.
Meanwhile player 1 has run back into the centre to recieve from player B.
Player 1 then passes it out to player C and follows their pass around them.
Player 2 runs in to receive the pass from player C in the centre
Player 2 then passes the ball out to player 1 and player 1 passes it to the next pair.
They both then join the back of the line.
Rotate the static players as and when.
Players must be focused on the drill at all times and must remember to run around the player they passed the ball to and then back into the centre to recieve the next pass.
Players should be running and signalling for the pass to be played in front of them.
Players should be waiting behind the point of the star and sprinting in to recieve the pass in the centre.
Vary the distance of the cones to encourage different passing techniques.
Get players recieveing the ball one hande.
Add in a passive defender to apply pressure on the passes.
If the quality and timing of the pass allows it use this drill to work on a running pass (this will only happen if passes are in front of the player and the drill is moving at a fast pace).
This session looks to refresh and refine your players pre-existing ball skills whilst developing their stamina and endurance.
Build upon your player's team cohesion, in particular focusing on their passing and communication skills to keep possession of the ball.
The aim of this drill is to get the players to think about passing and moving in variety of directions at speed.
The ball must always travel around the edge of the rectangle/flag. You can change this direction from clockwise to anticlockwise as an when you feel they are ready (or to try and catch them off-guard).
After making a pass players must swap positions with their opposite player.
You can add in as many players as you like along the edges but always leave one pair at either end.
Players work with one ball in pairs inside a square area. The player without a ball (Red 1) sprints across the box to receive the ball on the other side.
Player 1 then turns as they receive the pass. Red 2 then runs across to receive ball on the other side etc.
Make sure players are balanced and are in control before they make the next pass.
The worker must not move across the square until the feeder is ready to release the ball.
Have two groups of players (blues and whites) split themselves into two lines. Each line stands facing the other coloured group.
The first 2 players drive in opposite angles, with player 1 (blue) receiving the first pass from the coach.
Player 2 (white) must then change direction to receive the pass from the other player.
After this the player with the ball passes to one of the two players from the other side and the drill continues.
The GK has a back line pass. The Centre takes up her position just in middle of transverse line giving the impression she is not going to be involved in this immediate passage of play... but SHE IS!
The WD and GD roll away to opposite directions (taking their chasing opponents with them) leaving huge space for the centre to drive into receiving the ball at the top of the circle.
The centre, remembering to use the 3rs (receive, rotate and release) passes to the WD, who passes to the GD. Again the ball has progressed from defence to attack over 2/3rds of the court in 3 "simple" passes.
In pairs one ball each group. On the command of the feeder,ie. 3 o clock, worker moves out to that time and receives the ball that is released on the command.
Both blue players have balls. They both throw their balls to the Red player facing them and the red players return the ball diagonally to the other Blue player. The Red players then swap places etc.
4 posts, 2 lines of players (workers), 1 ball, 1/3 space. Ball to start with one of the workers who passes the ball to either the post on the left or right. Player follows the pass and always drives back to the middle. Worker number 2 drives to recieve pass from the first post in the middle and passes off to any post, and follows pass. Post passes back to the other worker who will recieve the ball in the middle. This is repeated until all posts have been passed to.
Players 1, 2 and 3 stand on 3 corners of the square. Player 1 has a ball and throws it to the 4th corner for player 3 to receive it. She lands, turns and feeds to player B who is moving into the free corner.
Split the group into 4s with 2 balls. The feeder (Blue Player 1) has two balls, she passes to Blue Player 2 who passes first to her right. She then receives another pass from the feeder who then passes to the player on the left. Progression - White players move around player 2 so worker must use their periphal vision.
Working in a square in groups of 3 (with one corner left empty). Player 2 sprints to the spare corner as player 1 starts to play the pass. Upon receiving the ball blue 2 turns to throw the ball to the now empty corner which blue 3 sprints towards, ready to receive the pass.
This is a split lead drill, run continuously. Set up two lines of players at each end of a third. Play will be started by the coach who will be the first Feeder, stood in the middle. The 2 Attackers from the top of court will run forward and the Feeder will pass to one of them. The other will then run to where the Feeder was stood to receive the next pass. This Attacker then becomes the Feeder for the opposite side, passing the ball before going to join the back of the queue on that side with the other original Attacker. In this way players move from side to side and join the ends of the opposite lines when they have finished passing.
Using a square player without a ball (Red player 1). On command from player with ball (Red player 2) Red player 1 sprints across the box to receive the ball on the other side (the player passing the ball should wait until Red player 1 changes direction on the line). The Red player 2 runs across to receive ball on the other side etc.
Split your players into 4s or more with 2 balls. Both blue players start with a ball. The blue players both throw the ball to the Red players who in turn return the ball. After returning the ball the red players swap places. Repeat once more. Time the cross-over moves so that players receive on the move.
Have 2 defenders, who take it in turns to mark a play. If the defender is drawn to A1s run then A2 can pass back to the next person in the A1 line which gives the A1 in play the option to open out to receive the ball. A1 has the options again to play to A2 who has run in or straight to A3.
4 players line up, each standing on a corner of the square with one player stood between two cones with the ball. The drill starts when the player with the ball passes the ball diagonally, anti-clockwise, with a chest/ shoulder pass to the next player who is running forward to receive the pass. After they have passed the ball the players should stand on the next cone. This player then passes diagonally to the next player before running to the next cone.
*AUSIO DESCRIPTION ON* Set up: 1 ball, one third space, 1 feeder in between 2 lines of partners. Two players to drive out straight from baseline to top of the circle (approx.) they turn and drive out on a V to the side channels where the feeder passes ball to one of the drivers. The driving player who did not receive the ball is to cut back to the top of the circle (middle channel) and receive pass from their partner. The partner now without the ball cuts back into the middle channel to receive a straight pass from their partner. Ball is returned to stationary feeding player.
Red Player 1 has the ball over their head and then proceeds to drop the ball in front of her for Green Player 1 to pick up and retrieve, before throwing the ball back to Red 1. Red Player 1 then throws the ball over Green Player 1 for them to run back and receive the ball.
Workers pass the ball to the person at the next cone and then immediately follow it each time. Once the ball reaches the final cone the final player passes the ball to the waiting players and then sprints to join the back of the queue.
Players work in groups of 4, with two feeders, two balls and two workers. The workers receive the ball from the feeder opposite them and return the pass They then accelerate quickly to receive from the other feeder Drill should be continuous.
Players stand on a corner of the square to begin with, one player has the ball in hand. The player with the ball passes the ball anti-clockwise to the player on the next cone nearest them They then follow their pass, running all the way out to the cone and back The next player repeats this (pass, run out touch next cone and run back) Drill should be continuous. This practice is excellent for teaching players to catch on the move, turn and pass.
Split into pairs with 1 ball per pair. Worker (white 1) moves forward to receive a short pass and returns the ball. Worker then moves back to receive a high pass, leading with one shoulder and returns the ball to the feeder, repeat. The practice must be repeated leading with both the right and left shoulders so the high ball is received on both sides.
3v3 in 1 third. A goal is scored by bouncing or placing the ball in the hoop (or chalk drawn circle) placed at all corners of the third. After a goal is scored the opposition gains possession.
4 players stand in the middle of the square catching and pivoting. Every time the middle players receives a pass they pivot anti-clockwise and pass the ball to the next player. Players on the outside receive the ball and pass the ball to the next inside player.
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