Offense Drill #1B: “Give & Go’s” (Shooter & Crease)

INTERMEDIATE 

    • *Variation #1 (7 min):  "Coach At The Crease."  Have players lined up in equal numbers on their proper floor side, at the shooter positions, on both sides of the floor, in one or both ends.  Balls are at the shooter lines, with coaches in corner at the crease position.  The ball carrier fades towards the side boards, passes low then cuts to the middle.  The coach receives the pass and passes it back to the cutter (before they reach their wrong-side) in the middle of the floor (Variation #1A).
    • Another suggested variation of this drill is for the coach to roll the ball into the middle (as if a loose ball or rebound off of a shot), with the cutter having to quickly pick up the ball and make a move on the goalie “in tight” (Variation #1B).
  • *Variation #2 (7 min):  "North-South Give & Go."  Have players line up in equal numbers on their proper floor side, in the crease and shooter positions, on both sides of the floor, in one or both ends.  Balls are at the shooter lines, the ball carrier fades towards the side boards, passes low then cuts to the middle (1 second delay).  The crease players pop out to receives the pass (“flashing their stick,”) and passes it back to the cutter (before they reach their wrong-side) in the middle of the floor (Variation #2A).
    • Another suggested variation of this drill is for the crease player to roll the ball into the middle (as if a loose ball or rebound off of a shot), with the cutter having to quickly pick up the ball and make a move on the goalie "in tight" (Variation #2B).  Advanced players can also challenge each other with a tricky bounce.
  • *Variation #3 (7 min):  "East-West Give & Go."  Begin with a line of left-handed and a line of right-handed players on their proper floor sides, a little bit wider than the shooter positions.  For beginners, start with the balls on one side only, and then the other.  The first player in the line without balls cuts the middle while the ball carrier moves their feet and passes to the cutter.  Once the player shoots, the next players take their turn (Variation #3A).  
    • For intermediate/advanced players, both lines have balls except for the first player in one line who starts the drill by running towards the other line in an effort to shorten up the pass.  Once the pass is received the ball carrier drags back to their starting position (shooter spot) while the original passer makes a jab-step (half-second delay) and cuts the middle receiving a pass for a shot (coach can also request that the pass be received closer to the crease as opposed to in the middle aka "back door").  The opposite side then repeats the same process.
  • *Variation #4 & #5 (15 min):  "Dummy Defender Variations."  Variations #2 & #3 can also be done with "dummy defenders" at the crease and shooter positions, which helps players get the feel for more of a game-like situation (defender can also be asked to play soft defense).  Coach can also request that defenders force the cutter to one side or the other (perhaps forcing players to catch a lead pass over their inside shoulder if advanced).

*Most common error = Passers not keeping their feet moving while making/receiving the pass

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