By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dominic Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a passing and catching drill that works on catching the ball over the shoulder. This is an excellent way to work on midfielders breaking out for a pass over their shoulder.
Inside Cuts – Catching the Ball Over the Shoulder
Drill Summary: All the players begin in a line. The first player in line runs out to make a cut and the second player in line throws a pass to the space over the shoulder of the first player. The first player makes the catch on the run and immediately turns up field and passes to a coach or another player that is another 10-15 yards up the field. That coach will then throw it back to the first player who, after passing the ball, has turned around and begins running back to where he began. He finishes by passing back to the spot of the next passer.
This drill mimics a key component of executing the fast break. Players should work on using both hands for this drill and use their teammates names as a way to strengthen team communication and to ensure that they pass to the correct player.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, walks through a drill that is good to get a defender to rush out at the shooter with a pump fake, then roll into the middle of the field for a shot on goal.
Athlete Movement: The passer that starts the drill can be a player or a coach at GLE and ten yards outside the pipe. He passes the ball to the player who will catch the ball about 12-15 yards above GLE and at the other set of hash marks. The player takes a step or two and pump fakes a shot, which would be used to draw out or freeze a defender. He then takes a couple more steps into the open area and takes a shot on the run.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
University of Virginia Head Coach, Dominic Starsia, and Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, discuss a line drill for passing and catching. The Line Drill will reinforce your passing and catching technique; the essential skills that are worked on every day. This drill also contains great conditioning work because the players are always in motion, especially if there are only a few players in each line.
Line Drill: Passing and Catching
Begin with two or three players about 15-20 yards across from another two or three players. One player begins by running towards the opposite teammate and passes the ball. After the catch, that player now runs toward the opposite teammate and passes the ball.
Some key points taught are:
Pass the ball to the box, a space that is defined by above the shoulder, beside the head and not much above the helmet.
The goal is for the catch to be near the ear, with soft hands and an immediate pull back of the hands.
Make a quick pass to the other player – you’re not looking for a lot of cradling in this drill, but a quick release.
Switch hands for off-hand passes and catches.
The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game. This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.
Split Dodge – Shot on the Run Down the Middle
The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.
This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dom Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.
Question Mark Dodge
Athlete Movement: The players begin with a ball at about 5 yards below GLE, on one side of the cage. The player then runs directly up field about 7-8 yards up above GLE, they then roll to the outside, take a step or two back towards GLE to create separation from the defender, change hands, and shoot on the goal.
Teaching Points: Two keys to this drill are for the player to keep the stick in close to protect it and to be sure to run far enough above GLE, so that they have space after turning around to still have an angle to shoot on the goal.