Games Drill #1: 52 Pick Up
- All players start behind the restraining line, or behind the end-line (or touching their goal), with coaches having all of the balls contained in a ball bag/bucket (40-50 balls minimum for large groups).
- *Variation #1A (3 min): "Group Timed." The coach throws all of the balls into one end of the floor and on the whistle players are instructed to run and scoop up all of the loose balls, eventually running them back to the coach (placing them in the ball bag or the net), in as little time as possible (stop watch required). Have players participate in the drill twice, in an attempt to beat their previous group time.
- *Variation #1B (5 min): "Full-Floor." This drill could also be done from one end to the other (full-floor), as another variation. Keep track of the shortest time, for both variations, throughout the course of the season (using the same amount of balls each time - count them).
*Variation #2 (5 min): "Team Competition." Same as the above variation except the balls should be placed into two or more bags/buckets/nets, in a game is also known as "Hungry Hungry Hippos". Players should be divided evenly into 2-4 teams and should be wearing pinnies for team identification purposes.
On the whistle these teams compete to scoop more loose balls than the other team(s) (Variation #2A). For competition purposes, the first team to win two rounds will be considered the winners.
This drill could also be done from one end to the other (full-floor), as another variation (Variation #2B). For experienced players, they may also be allowed to battle for loose balls during the drill (Variation #2C).
Keep track of the highest team total, for any of the variations, throughout the course of the season.
*Most common error = players not working hard