Cradling and Dodging
This drill is excellent for teaching players to dodge, use footwork, and transition movements into a shot. The concept of getting time and space to get a shot off is the main theme of the Change of Direction drill.
Description of Drill-Execution
Set up 4 cones as shown in the diagram. At each cone your players will perform either a dodge, switch, change of direction, and finish with a shot on goal.
The concept of getting time and space to shoot is all about changing direction and moving to get your hands free to shoot at the goal. Have your players work on powering off each move at the cone, and finish with a moving shot at the end.
Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)
Vary the locations where the cones are set up. You may also add defense at the last cone to simulate how and where you need to create time and space for the shot. Lastly, add targets on net or add a goalie to make your shooter work different locations on the goal.