Stickwork Drill #5A: “Step” & Shoot
- 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. Note: All variations of this drill can also be executed from the point position (not shown in diagram). Use pylons to mark out footwork patterns where necessary (vary the distances).
*Variation #1 (20 min): "Progressive Build Up." Have players start “in two’s,” at a starting distance of approximately 3-5 metres (depending on age). Progressively increase the starting distance of the players apart, having them at first running the length of the floor and stopping at the other end, and in latter reps taking shots from their proper floor side (criss-crossing where required).
The most basic form of this drill ("staggered") is when just the receiver runs forward with a "head on a swivel," while the passer uses basic footwork (staying relatively stationary) to deliver the pass (Variation #1A). The receiver will either need to open their hips to receive the pass, or catch it cross-body.
Advance to players running alongside each other, start slow, around 50% of maximum speed, with players on their wrong-floor-side, advancing to full speed during the latter reps through the drill (Variation #1B). Next have players do the speed build up with players on their proper floor side (Variation #1C).
*Most common error = Shooting off of the back foot instead of stepping into the shot.