This drill combines movement and concentration, so I’d use it as a warm up drill to get concentration and focus up, then move into something a bit more creative, such as 3v3 keep-away in a box. Not only do players need to be warmed up in body, but also in mind; drills should have a purpose on both a physical and mental level to ensure a proper warm up.
Why this drill is cool, technical and applicable:
- Players move their feet while passing and throwing
- Players catch moving towards the ball, as well as while cutting to the side
- Players pass head on, as well as have to lead someone
- Players need to concentrate on their next movement while doing it in their own way
- Players must stay in tune with their teammates in regards to timing
Here’s how the drill works:
Players 4, 5 and 6 on the outside all have balls in their sticks.
Players 1, 2 and 3 will initiate the drill by beginning their cuts. You’ll notice their are six cones on the inside ring; one cone is where the inside player will cut to and the other is where they will cut from.
2 cuts towards 4. 4 passes to 2.
1 cuts towards 6. 6 passes to 1.
3 cuts towards 5. 5 passes to 3.
Note: this is the only time the outside line will be standing still, when you start the drill.
Now, players 1, 2 and 3 each have a ball.
After players 4, 5 and 6 pass the ball, they should immediately cut in the opposite rotational direction of the inside players. (If inside moves counter-clockwise, then outside moves clockwise, and vice versa.
As 4 cuts, 2 passes to 4.
As 5 cuts, 3 passes to 5.
As 6 cuts, 1 passes to 6.
Although this is a second step to the drill, players should remain in motion the entire drill.
Players 4, 5 and 6 now have each a ball.
Players 1, 2 and 3 are resetting to a cone from where they will start their next cut to receive the ball.
This is just showing the transition step.
Step 2A, above, is how the drill continues on.
3 cuts to 6. 6 passes to 3, while moving.
1 cuts to 4. 4 passes to 1, while moving.
2 cuts to 5. 5 passes to 2, while moving.
After this, please continue on to 2B, which will mimic the motions of step B above. I’d love to see this in action! Can’t wait to bring it out on the field this spring for some hypnotizing warm ups.
ADD TO THIS DRILL: this drill can be sized up to work with 8, 10, 12, etc. players; it will just get bigger! The initial concept was thought up around 12 players; make sure to switch directions and also from inside to outside.