Stickwork Drill #4: Partner Passing On-The-Run

BEGINNER 

  • Start with two parallel lines at the top of one of the creases, with players on their wrong floor sides, having them switch to their proper floor sides the second time through the drill.  Players can start with balls or the drill can also start with a pass from the goalie (switch halfway), depending on player skill level.
  • *Variation #1 (25 min):  "Progressive Build Up."  Have players run alongside each other “in two’s,” at a starting distance of approximately 3-5 metres.  Progressively increase the starting distance apart (of the players), having them at first running the length of the floor and stopping at the other end and in latter reps taking shots; criss-crossing when on their  "wrong-sides").  (Draw Diagram)
    • Start slow, around 50% of maximum speed, with players on their wrong-floor-side, advancing to full speed during the latter reps through the drill (Variation #1A).  Next have players do the speed build up with players on their proper floor side (Variation #1B).  No side-shuffling is allowed for this drill (unless specifically requested by the coach) and players should always be running straight forward.  For timing purposes, coaches should send the next pairing when the players ahead are at the nearest rag-line. 
    • More advanced variations of this drill include throwing cross-body passes (Variation #1C), flip passes on-the-run for the entire length of the floor (Variation #1D), or a mix of all of the above (Variation #1E).
  • *Variation #2:  "Curl In The Corners."  Same as above except start with pairs of 2 players running the floor passing back and forth up the middle (with the option of taking a shot if the goalie is ready), then curling into the corners and continuing up the side-boards; this time making long passes back and forth coming back to where they started from.  When back to the original end, players can curl back up the middle and continue passing for a few minutes (Variation #2B - 5 min), otherwise line-up again (Variation #2A - 5 min). 
    • Restart the drill in the opposite direction halfway through the drill, which allows players to be able to practice on both their proper/wrong floor sides.

*Most common error = Throwing the ball too hard when their partner is relatively close (“soften up”).

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