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Tell the players the following....

  1. Player 1 starts with the ball.
  2. Player 1 passes the ball to player 2 and then quickly moves off their cone and runs to the cone where player 2 is and back to their cone.
  3. Player 2 then passes to player 3, follows the pass to the position of player 3 and back to their starting position.
  4. Change your passing hand each time
  5. The aim is to for the players to be back in their starting position before the ball returns back, but main thing is that they provide a good pass to the receiving player.


Don't feel that your need to focus on all of the following coaching points. Choose the points that take into account your players ability, and your own training and session goals.

  • The receivers hands should be out, ready to receive the ball and presenting a taget for the passer.
  • The ball carrier should pass the ball before running. The pass should be weighted correctly in terms of distance, speed, and accuracy.
  • Players should consider if a spin pass is needed or not.
  • Players should pass off both hands during this exercise.
  • Passers should execute the pass with the following in mind: the foot opposite to the direction of the pass is forward, the passing hand is further back than the supporting hand, the elbow of the passing hand is up, the passer follows through the pass using the wrists to generate power, the passing hand and supporting hands are spread across the ball pointing down, the point of the ball is raised slightly, the passing hands draws across the ball to create the spin - with the ball rolling off the tips of the fingers, the pass motion is fluid rather than forced.
  • As players become more comfortable and experience success, increase the passing distance.
  • Communication should be effective, efficient, and encouraging - highlighting the next receiver, their location, and if the pass is a short or long pass.
  • Passers should follow their pass at speed.
  • Accept that, within reason, that player will make mistakes. Give you players to do so without over focusing on mistake. The next pass and the next catch is the most important - and it is your responsibility as a coach to train your players in order to reduce mistakes.
  • Vary the drill, passing to the left and right.
  • Have fun with it!

    1. Place a ladder down each side of the grid, the returning player must advance through the ladder using different techniques each time.
    2. Using two ball, the passing player chases the second pass - that means each player is making two passes before running.



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