By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Salisbury University head coach, Jim Berkman, has won 10 National Championships at the DIII level. In this drill, you’ll see an exercise that Coach Berkman uses in practice to teach players how to re-direct ground balls they’re unable to scoop a ball up immediately during a game.
Drill Summary: Set up a line of five cones with each cone about 1-2 yards apart. One by one, players take turns using their sticks to guide a ball between the cones in a zig-zag formation. Once a player has successfully navigated their ball through the cones, they scoop it up and toss it back to a coach standing near the start of the drill.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Use the stick like a hockey stick.
2) Keep your body low.
3) Be quick and efficient with movements.
4) Scoop up the ball quickly.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In this segment current assistant varsity coach at Lambert (GA) High School, Jason Breyo, offers a glimpse into one of his U9 practices. Watch as he guides his demonstrators through a relay race game in a youth practice. This is a great drill that can reinforce new skills and make practice fun for your youth team.
Hungry Hippo Relay Races
Overview: In what he calls, “Hungry Hippo” Relay Races, Coach Brey separates the players into two groups and forms them into lines. The first team to get all their balls in the bucket wins.
Player Movements: On the whistle, the first player up will scoop a ground ball, cradle to the bucket, drop the ball in, and sprint back.
Drill Essentials: Each line is about 15 yards from a bucket. Make sure that you put the ball in the bucket and that it doesn’t bounce out.
Drill Tips: Focus on cradling the ball when picking it up off the ground. Have the races be a best of three series to encourage competition.