Stickwork Drill #5A: “Step” & Shoot
- Demo (1 min): "Proper Floor Side," "Eyes Of The Stick"
- Begin with a line of left-handed and a line of right-handed players on their proper floor sides, at the shooter positions, in one or both ends of the floor; both lines with balls. Use pylons to mark out footwork patterns where necessary (vary the distances). Note: All variations of this drill can also be executed as a set-shot OR a shot-on-the-run.
*Variation #1 (5 min): "L-Shot." The first player in either line takes a hitch-step toward the board-side, planting off of their outside leg and cutting toward the middle (2-3 steps max), "setting" their feet ("perpendicular" to the net) for an outside shot.
The opposite line then takes a turn, alternating back and forth, giving the goalie 1-2 seconds in between reps to re-set.
*Variation #2 (5 min): "Drag Shot." The first player in either line takes a a jab-step to the top-side planting off of their inside leg and pivoting into a back-pedal ("drag") toward the "board-side." At this point the player should re-establish their momentum towards the net (north-south) and take a shot while still in the prime scoring area.
The dummy defender could be a volunteer (or appointed by the coach), otherwise after shooting the shooter then becomes the "dummy," then re-enters their respective line. The dummy defender should begin 1-2 steps in toward the middle relative to the "shooter position" (mark with a pylon if necessary). "Dummy defenders" should also be encouraged to practice corralling rebounds off of the goalie before getting back into line (shooting if it's there).
Variation #5 (10 min): "React to the Rebound." Same as the above variations except starting with all of the balls in one shooter line (switch sides half way through the drill). The shooter shoots the ball and both shooters need to "react to the rebound."
The general rule on offense is that the off-ball shooter is responsible for reacting back against reverse transition, which is true in this drill but there are also two other caveats. The first is that if the rebound goes to the off-ball shooters' side, the off-ball shooter pursues the loose ball and the on-ball shooter "reacts back." The second is that if the rebound goes to the on-ball shooters side, they attack the rebound and the off-ball shooter "reacts back." If the goalie corrals the rebound, both shooters react back.
If the rebound is corralled by either player on the first attempt, play continues, otherwise the coach blows the whistle and the players clear out of the drill after the loose ball is obtained.
Variation #6 (20 min): "Turn The Corner/Face Dodge-Roll-Swim Underneath Variations." After the player whose turn it is makes performs their drag or L-shot footwork, they either "turn the corner" (Variation #6A - 5 min), face-dodge (Variation #6B - 5 min) or roll underneath (Variation #6C - 5 min), swim (Variation #6D - 5 min) and carry the ball toward the net for a shot "in tight."
Variation #7 (10 min): "No Misses Game." For every ball that is misses the net during the drill players will have to sprint from one side-board (or end-board) to the other. For every goal that is scored, one sprint is removed from the total, with goalies having to run if the players keep their sprint total at or below zero.
*Most common error = shooting off of the back foot instead of stepping into the shot.