This is a great game that your athletes will really enjoy playing. It is competitive, challenging, fast paced with possession hockey, vision and decision making skills emphasized.
Organization: Set up to 2 large circles(use different color disk cones if available)20 yds in diameter next to each other. Leave a 2 yd space between each circle so they are not connecting. Divide your players into 2 teams.
Total amount of time: 20 - 25 minutes
Substitutions: rotate after each point is scored.
Size of area: 2 x 20 yd in diameter circles that are adjacent to each other. Leave a 2 yd space so they are not connected.
Skills emphasized: Passing and receiving on the move, 1 touch passes with inside/outside out combinations, Off the ball movement,vision, decision making skills and verbal and non verbal communication.
The "Game": Team "A" moves the ball hard in their circle with no pressure(5v0). Players are encouraged to interchange positions, alter the pace of their movements, be agile and communicate.
Team "B" is performing the same skills in their circle.
On coaches whistle, 1 player from each circle sprints across to challenge the remaining group or 4 players (4v1).
The 1st defender to dispossess the ball and clear it from the circle will earn her/his team a point.
Teams remain at the same circle through the entire game.
The team with the most points after regulation time wins.
The losing team has to put all the equipment away after this training session!
1. Retain possession!
2. Never be stagnant. Once you stop moving you allow the defender to close and increase their opportunity to obtain the ball.
3. Create new space, find different space to support...young players seem to always want to remain in their "comfort zone" not wanting to move.
4. Move with a purpose, not just for the sake of moving. Read and listen to each other.
5. Most importantly...have fun....try to skills...be creative...and never let the other squad beat you!
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