Stickwork Drill #2: “Partner Passing”

BEGINNER 

  • *Variation #1 (5 min): "Stationary Catching/Passing." Start with players in two rows, 3-5 metres apart. Work on just stationary catching to begin with; give every player a ball and have them toss it up in the air a few times, trying to get a feel for catching it (Variation #1A).
    • Next, remove a ball from one partner, with the other partner underhand passing the ball (with their bare hand) to the other partner who tries to catch it using "soft hands" (Variation #1B). Each player should get at least 5-10 quality attempts to catch the ball in this fashion, with more experience players allowed to pass the ball with their stick.
    • Next, in one minute see how many successful pass and catches players can complete in a row (both using sticks) without dropping the ball (Variation #1C). If the ball is dropped, they must start their count over; progressively have players move farther and farther away from each other.
    • Lastly, have players run, one forward and one backward, from one side board to the other, switching which partner runs forward and which runs backward each time (Variation #1D).
  • *Variation #2 (3 min):  "Long Pass/Lob Pass."  Move next to 10 metres apart (then 15 metres).  On longer passes have young players start with a crow hop, similar to a long throw to home plate in baseball (“throw the ball high and far on a 45° angle").
    • As players get farther away from each other the release point (where the ball comes out of the stick) will have to be slightly further behind the players head (ear) in order for the pass to make it to the target in the air; especially for younger/weaker players.  Older more experienced players should practice their lob passes in this context.
    • Be sure that partners give a target (intermediate/advanced players should also call for a pass) to pass to, while otherwise following the technique from the Catching Skills Analysis. 
  • *Variation #3 (3 min):  "Dynamic Passing."  Progress to passing using a short run from 15 metres away, then back-pedaling back to the original starting position once complete (Variation #3A), or continuing running forward to the other side (Variation #3B).  Intermediate/Advanced players can move back to 20 metres, with both players running toward each other in an effort to shorten up the pass.
  • *Variation #4 (3 min): "Face Away." Start with one partner facing away from the other partner, looking back to receive a pass over their back shoulder (still showing a target). After passing the ball, both partners switch relative positions, with the former passer now facing away and catching the ball over their shoulder while "stationary" (Variation #4A).
    • This drill can also be done in "dynamic" fashion (Variation #4B), with one partner running away from the other partner, and the other partner running toward the player running away, passing them the ball over their shoulder. These two players switch roles after each pass; the player "facing away" who catches the ball turns and passes it back to the player trailing them after each catch.
  • *Variation #4 (3 min): "Face Away." Start with one partner facing away from the other partner, looking back to receive a pass over their back shoulder (still showing a target). After passing the ball, both partners switch relative positions, with the former passer now facing away and catching the ball over their shoulder while "stationary" (Variation #4A).
    • This drill can also be done in "dynamic" fashion (Variation #4B), with one partner running away from the other partner, and the other partner running toward the player running away, passing them the ball over their shoulder. These two players switch roles after each pass; the player "facing away" who catches the ball turns and passes it back to the player trailing them after each catch.
  • *Variation #6 (3 min):  "Quick Sticks."  Same protocol as Variation #1C except players should pass back and forth using "quick sticks."  (Demo)
  • Variation #7 (3 min):  "Reaction Pass."  From a stationary position have one player (receiver) "facing away" from the passer until the pass is released, at which point the passer yells "yeah" and the receiver turns around trying to catch the pass with very little time to "react."   
  • Coaches should circulate around the group and give each player positive reinforcement based on the Skills Analysis’, as well as an area in need of improvement.  Finish positive.

*Most common error = Not giving a target to the passer and/or not calling for a pass

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