Cradling Drill #1B: Dynamic Cradling
- *Variation #3 (2 min): "Cradling Around A Partner." Line players up across from each other (5 metres away), with balls, and have them take turns cradling around their partner; both directions (left & right) and building up their speed each time around (Variation #3A).
- Advance to removing a ball from one partner (Variation #3B) and after cradling around them, rolling them a loose ball. The player without the ball may also be permitted to try and strip the ball from the player as they cradle around them (Variation #3C).
- *Variation #4 (2 min): "Scrambled Eggs." Create a designated area using pylons, appropriate to the size of the group you are working with. Have all players weave around each other at a walking speed (in the crease with the net removed), at jogging speed (between the rag-lines at centre-floor) and/or at running speed (between the goal-line & the rag line); depending on numbers (Variation #4A).
- Emphasize players keeping their body between other players and the ball (i.e. protect or “hide” the ball), utilizing proper cradling technique. Once the players get the hang of the technique coaches casually try to dislodge the ball from players who don't have it protected, otherwise pushing them on their hips in order to throw off their centre-of-gravity (Variation #4B). This drill can also be done as a game whereby if a player drops their ball or gets knocked out, they must go out of the designated area and wait until the next game.
- *Variation #5 (2 min): "One-Handed." Teach the "one-handed" cradling technique in a subsequent practice, as well as switching the stick from one hand to the other, again using variations #1 to #4 for practice.
*Most common error = not protecting their stick from their opponent