BASIC LEAD AND DROP BACK

Summary
Teach your players how to drive forward with good timing in order to create space for a lobbed pass behind them, as well as teaching your passers how and when to release the ball, with this simple skill breakdown.

Difficulty
Basic

Players
2+

Equipment
1 ball per pair

Coaching points
– The initial drive needs to be at full pace and intensity, as in a game situation it will need to be strong enough to commit a defender.
– As they approach the passer, the worker should plant their foot, and then turn their hips and shoulders to the direction they’re about to drive next (in this case, an angled drive into the back space). Turning the hips and shoulders not only creates a faster change of direction, it also indicates to the passer where they would like to receive the ball.
– Once they drive back to receive the ball, look for the player to reach up with both hands and snatch the ball in with BOTH hands at the highest possible point, rather than letting it fall down or trying to take it with one hand.
– It’s also a critical skill for the passer to learn how and when to release the ball. Encourage a one-handed, high release lob pass, rather than a chest pass, as a one-handed pass is much easier to place into a space accurately, and it won’t float for as long as a high chest pass, which reduces the opportunity for a defender to intercept the ball.
– Ensure the passer is always ready to pass as soon as the worker plants their foot to push off. Some players may need to hold the ball near their shoulder to ensure they’re able to get the pass off quickly.
– Lastly, ensure the ball is placed out in front of the worker. i.e. if they need to reach back behind their head to catch the ball, it needs to be placed further out in front of their head/eye line to ensure they can catch it without needing to adjust their drive.
– To advance the drill further, you may wish to add a defender to put on some light defence on the forward drive, so that the worker gets used to . Ensure that the worker drives right up to the defender to get them committed to covering that first move, before pushing off into the back space to lose them.

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