BONDI JUNCTION

Summary
See if your players can wrap their heads around this one! They’ll need every ounce of timing, concentration and pass execution to successfully navigate Bondi Junction in this fantastic team drill for higher level intermediate and advanced players.

Level
Advanced-intermediate

Players
7+

Equipment
1 ball

Coaching points
– The most challenging aspect of this drill for most players is remembering when and where to drive, and where to move after completing each drive.
– The sequence is as follows:
POSITION 1 – Does a ‘V cut’ movement away from the ball, and then sharply towards the ball to receive from the player who has driven through the middle of the court.
POSITION 2 – Does a ‘V cut movement away from position 1, and then towards the ball to receive.
POSITION 3 – Does a ‘V cut’ movement away from position 2, and then towards the ball to receive.
POSITION 1 – As soon as the ‘position 1’ player has passed the ball, they need to clear wide, behind the ‘position 2’ player, and then cut across the court to receive the final ball from ‘position 3’.
– Once players have completed their position, they move the opposite way – ‘Position 1’ will have completed the final crosscourt drive, so will then jog around to wait in line behind ‘position 3’ on the other side of the court. ‘Position 2’ moves to become ‘position 1’, and ‘position 3’ moves to become ‘position 2’. The next person in line shifts into ‘position 3’.
– The drill is all about timing – as you’ll see in the video, players who are too early with their timing will end up right on top of the passer. Players who are too late and haven’t done their preliminary move before the passer is ready to release, end up not performing a prelim move, or driving flat across the court because they’ve run out of time. Encourage your players to be watching and ready, and pick the moment to start their movement, so that the drill moves fluently and seamlessly.
– ANGLES, ANGLES, ANGLES! Focus on sharp, strong angles towards the ball. If players think about making a ‘V’ shape with their preliminary move and final drive, that’s a good start. If they’re receiving the ball right over in the middle of the court, that usually means their drive is flat and should be angled more up the court towards the passer.
– The clearing movement at the end of ‘position 1’ should still have some intensity, and then an explosive final drive with a good angle to receive.
– Once your players are completing the drill fluently, challenge them to complete a certain number of passes (25, 50 or 100) without making an error. To increase the focus and requirements for more advanced players, include flat drives or poor timing as ‘errors’.