Stickwork Drill #5B: “Carousel” & Shoot
- Arrange players in one or both ends of the floor depending on numbers. Have them stationed on their proper floor sides, at the crease position on both sides of the floor. Other players set to go in this drill should in the corners.
Variation #1A (5 min): "Carry High & Shoot." The first player on one side of the floor carries the ball from low to high, from the crease position up to the shooter position, and then steps into a set-shot.
For more advanced players, a coach can stand at each the shooter position and force players to stop and drag for a shot, face-dodge or roll underneath, otherwise "turn the corner" and walk up the middle (Variation #1B).
Variation #2 (5 min): "Skip Pass To Shooter." The first player on one side of the floor runs from low to high, from the crease position up to the shooter position, and ideally receives a lead pass just before they arrive. The pass comes from the far-side crease player, who is moving their feet prior to delivering the pass. The passer then repeats the same action, receiving a pass from the opposite side.
Variation #4 (10 min): "Screen Shots." Same movements as above except there is a "dummy" defender acting as a screen, either on-ball or off ball. If players are catching an off-ball skip pass for a shot, another "dummy" can be added with their stick up, making the drill more game-like for the passer. The off-ball "dummy" defender should be positioned just inside of the "shooter position" (mark with a pylon if necessary) to start the drill.
The dummy defenders could be volunteers (or appointed by the coach), otherwise after the shot offenders become the "dummies." Dummy defenders should also be encouraged to practice corralling rebounds off of the goalie (shooting it it's there) before switching lines.
Variation #5 (10 min): "Game to 7." To add competition, play a game of lefty’s versus righty’s up to 7 goals, losing team does push-ups, sit-ups, body weight squats, sprints, etc.
Variation #6 (10 min): "No Drops/No Misses Game." For every ball that is dropped and/or 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 deep their sprint total at or below zero.
Variation #7 (10 min): "React to the Rebound." Same as the above variations except starting with all of the balls in one crease line (switch sides half way through the drill). The ball is skip-passed from the on-ball crease to the off-ball shooter and a shot is taken, with both players being required to "react to the rebound" (Variation #7A).
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 that they attack the rebound and the off-ball shooter "reacts 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.
If the goalie corrals the rebound, the on-ball shooter moves to the mid-boards for a breakout pass and the off ball shooter reacts back, receiving a transition pass near centre-floor (Variation #7B). This situation mimics the shooter performing a ride after shooting and the off-ball shooter guarding against a breakaway.