Stickwork Drill #3: Corralling & Catching “On-The-Run”
- Divide the full-floor in half lengthwise with an imaginary line (or using pylons). Organize players into lines, in opposite corners, at opposite ends of the floor (this drill could also be done on half of the floor as well).
- Lines should switch sides halfway through the drill in order to practice catching the ball on both sides of the player's body (cross body).
- *Variation #1 (10 min): "Dynamic Loose Balls." Have players run to pick-up the loose ball on-the-run, somewhere near centre-floor, cradling the ball toward the net for a breakaway shot once they’ve possessed it (drifting if approaching from their wrong-side). Start with a stationary ball placement (Variation #1A), next bounce the ball off of the boards (Variation #1B); roll it away from or perpendicular to the oncoming player as they run past (Variation #1C); "check the boards" then pick it up (Variation #1D), and lastly taking a body check (from a volunteer player or coach) after picking up the loose ball (Variation #1E).
Variation #2 (10 min): "Dynamic Catching." Have players run in a straight line two metres closer to the middle of the floor than where the coach is standing. As the player approaches, the coach throws the ball straight up into the air for the player to then run underneath and catch, ideally with their stick in "the box."
Variation #3 (10 min): "Consecutive Catches Game." Same as the above variations of the drill except have coaches keep track of how many times in a row players catch the ball without a drop. If a ball is dropped, coaches start their count over from zero.
*Most common error = reaching with arms instead of getting in front of the ball.