Use this simple goaler setup on circle edge penalties to open up an easy pass close to the post.
– In this setup, you’ll create a pocket of space for one of your goalers to receive the ball on a hold near the post. This strategy can be particularly effective if you have a taller goaler who often commands attention from both defenders whenever there’s a penalty.
– In our demonstration the goalers start quite close together, so the defenders feel they’ve got them penned in.
– The taller goaler or target goaler must work hard to get a defender ‘on their back’, i.e. behind them on a front hold or side hold, and keep them there.
– The other goaler’s role is to present/pop forward for the ball and get their defender to commit to covering them. If the target goaler has done a good job of keeping their defender behind or to the side of them, there should now be a pocket of space in behind where the moving goaler and defender have just come from.
– Ensure the ‘pop’ is a strong, definite movement, as this will help to commit the defender.
– If the two defenders choose not to cover the moving goaler, and instead double defend the taller/target goaler, that should create an easy pass in front for the moving goaler. They can then shoot, or re-feed the ball to move closer to the post, which may then force a defender to try to cover them, and will open up the ball to the post for your taller goaler.
– This play can also be set up with the moving goaler starting wide in the circle and sweeping in front of the defenders, forcing one of them to commit, and opening up the other goaler one-on-one on a hold.