We saw these great passing and catching warm-up drills at summer camp for one of the top DI teams. With these you can work on multiple skills at once to get your team through line drills in less time at practice!
College coaches are very good at combining skills like catching, throwing, scooping, dodging and defending to get more work done in a smaller amount of time at practice and before games. It only takes one more second to get each player an extra catch and throw while they're in the drill.
Run these Extra Pass drills in lines of Midfielders, Attack and Defenders, or work in small groups to get each player more reps, more muscle memory, and more conditioning.
Do twice as much work in the same amount of time by giving your players an extra throw and an extra catch. Practice on-the-run "Over-the-Shoulder" passes and catches. Teach your players to break down field for the ball, and to look up and move it quickly once they catch it.
Here's THE DRILL:
Figure 1.) Put your players in groups of 3 spaced out in a line 30-40 yards apart. The guy in the middle of the line will start with the ball.
Blue 1 runs toward Blue 2 and throws a pass. Blue 2 comes out from his cone to catch the pass and throws it right back to Blue 1. Your players should be moving. Don't wait for it!
- Make sure your players are practicing catching and throwing with both hands, both sides.
- Time your drills for your players age: Warm-up drills and stick skills shouldn't take longer than 20 minutes.
- Keep score to make it competitive! Have each group count how many passes they get in 2 minutes to see who can move the ball fastest and who is the winner!
RELATED PRACTICE DRILLS:
- 3-Man Hamster Drills: Use these passing and catching drills to give your players tons of reps and conditioning instead of standing in line waiting their turn.
- Figure 8 Passing and Catching: We got this from Paul Rabil's high school coach a few years ago. Lots of extra touches on the ball and great conditioning for the man in the middle!
- 1-on-1 Ground Ball, Dodging and Defense Drill: Another great small-group drill for combining skills and giving your players tons of reps scooping, catching, passing, and working on Dodges!
- 1-on-1 Ground Ball with Pressure Drill: Give your players an easy game situation once they've had plenty of practice picking up the ball.
Let us know if these drills work for your youth or high school team. Make sure your players understand that the college guys practice the same things, just better and faster!