Loose Ball Drill #2: Rolling (“Attacking”) A Ball With A Partner

BEGINNER 

  • *Variation #1 (2 min):  "Loose Ball."  Have players line up in pairs 10-15 metres apart, rolling (underhand motion - with their hand if necessary) a ball back and forth.  Keep track of the number of successfully completed loose balls in a minute.
  • As players progress, coaches can have players practice different techniques ("scoop," "scoop, tuck & turn," "scoop to triple-threat position," scoop-to-triple threat-to-tuck & turn); have players give their partner some tricky bounces.
  • *Variation #2 (3 min):  "Loose Ball & Cradle."  Scoop the loose ball and then cradle around your partner.  Alternate back and forth.  Could also do this variation as a relay race.
  • Variation #3 (3 min):  "Loose Balls Away."  The player without the ball runs towards their partner until they are parallel, at which point they turn and run back towards where they just came from. 
  • As this happens, the partner then slowly rolls the ball away from them (aiming for halfway towards where they just came from).  That player picks up the loose ball, runs to their original spot, and the other side repeats the same protocol.
  • Variation #4 (3 min):  "Batting & Kicking."  One partner bats or kicks (could also mix the two actions) the ball to the other partner, who attacks the loose ball and then back-pedals back to the starting position.  

*Most common error = Waiting for the ball to arrive instead of pursuing it forward

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