Stickwork Drill #5A: “Step” & Shoot

BEGINNER 

  • Begin with a line of left-handed and a line of right-handed players on their proper floor sides, at the shooter positions, in one or both ends of the floor; both lines with balls.  Note:  All variations of this drill can also be executed from the point position (not shown in diagram). 
    • The opposite line then takes a turn, alternating back and forth, giving the goalie 1-2 seconds in between reps to re-set.  
  • *Variation #2 (5 min):  "Drag Shot."  The first player in either line takes a a jab-step to the top-side planting off of their inside leg and pivoting into a back-pedal ("drag") toward the "board-side."  At this point the player should re-establish their momentum towards the net (north-south) and taking a shot while still in the prime scoring area.
  • Variation #3 (10 min):  "Different Release Points."  Same as the above variations except coaches instruct players to take a certain type of shot:  overhand, side-arm, underhand or bounce shots. 
  • Variation #4 (10 min):  "Screen Shot."  Same movements as the above variations except there is a "dummy" defender acting as a screen (moving with the shooter to help the screen be effective). 
    • The dummy defender could be a volunteer (or appointed by the coach), otherwise after shooting the shooter then becomes the "dummy."  The defender should begin 1-2 steps underneath the "shooter position" (mark with a pylon if necessary).  
  • Variation #5 (10 min):  "Game to 5."  To add competition, play a game of lefty’s versus righty’s up to 5 goals, losing team does push-ups, sit-ups, body weight squats, sprints, etc.
  • Variation #6 (10 min):  "No Drops/No Misses Game."  For every ball that is dropped and/or misses the net during the drill players will have to sprint from one side-board (or end-board) to the other.  For every goal that is scored, one sprint is removed from the total, with goalies having to run if the players keep their sprint total at or below zero.
  • Variation #7 (10 min):  "React to the Rebound."  Same as the above variations except starting with all of the balls in one shooter line (switch sides half way through the drill).  The shooter shoots the ball and both shooters need to "react to the rebound" (Variation #7A). 
  • The general rule on offense is that the off-ball shooter is responsible for reacting back against reverse transition, which is true in this drill but there are also two other caveats.  The first is that if the rebound goes to the off-ball shooters' side, the off-ball shooter pursues the loose ball and the on-ball shooter "reacts back."  The second is that if the rebound goes to the on-ball shooters side, they attack the rebound and the off-ball shooter "reacts back."  
  • If the rebound is corralled by either player on the first attempt, play continues, otherwise the coach blows the whistle and the players clear out of the drill after the loose ball is obtained.  

*Most common error = Shooting off of the back foot instead of stepping into the shot.

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