Stickwork Drill #5B: “Carousel” & Shoot

BEGINNER 

  • Arrange players in one or both ends of the floor depending on numbers.  Have them stationed on their proper floor sides, at the crease position on both sides of the floor.  Other players set to go in this drill should in the corners.
  • Variation #1 (5 min):  "Carry High & Shoot."  The first player on one side of the floor carries the ball from low to high, from the crease position up to the shooter position, and then steps into a set-shot.  For beginners, pylons may be used for players to curl around, being sure that they have their "head up" looking at the middle while "carrying high."  
  • Variation #2A (7 min):  "Skip Pass to Shooter."  Same as above except the first player in one line has no ball and fills from low to high (crease position to shooter position), receiving a lead pass from the opposite side crease line (passer must move their feet!).  After catching the ball this player must shift their momentum downhill (north-south) and take a set-shot as quickly as possible upon receiving the pass (ideally all in one motion). 
    • After passing the ball to the opposite side (1-2 second delay), the crease player who just passed the ball receives a pass from the opposite side, repeating the same action as the player that they just passed to.  Otherwise coaches can also choose to start only one line with balls ("passers") and the one line without ("shooters"), which would likely be easier for beginners.  
  • Variation #4 (10 min):  "Dummy Defenders."  Same movements as above except there is a "dummy" defender acting as a screen off-ball, and another "dummy" with their stick up, making the drill more game-like for the passer.  
    • The dummy defenders could be volunteers (or appointed by the coach), otherwise after the shot both offenders become  the "dummies."  The off-ball defender should be positioned just inside of the "shooter position" (mark with a pylon if necessary) to start the drill.  
  • 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 crease line (switch sides half way through the drill). The ball is skip-passed from the on-ball crease to the off-ball shooter and a shot is taken, with both players being required 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 that 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.  

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