Helps teams develop the ability to turn out of pressure on a break out of the defensive zone while using the option of “swinging the ball” to the opposite side of the field. Very effective against teams that “ride”
Description of Drill-Execution
The goalie begins with the ball and yells “CLEAR”, D3 takes off up the sideline for a leading pass. D3 is avoiding the middle of the field where a potentially opponents of the other team could be. After receiving the ball D3 runs forward just enough to draw her imaginary opponents’ pressure; she’ll then put on the brakes and turn to the outside of the field, protecting her stick from pressure and pass the ball backward to D2 who is trailing for a help pass. D2, then passes the ball up-field to D1. D1 then hits X2, an attacker or midfielder who has cut to ball, to create a safe reverse pass without losing possession or forcing a bad pass into the midfield.
- Clearing the ball quickly
- Getting out of pressure
- Receiving long passes
- Sending the ball to the opposite side of the field
Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)
Add light pressure to defenders receiving the long pass. Making them work to get open will make this drill much more game-like.