HOLD ‘EM OUT

Summary
Get your goalers holding strong and long with this drill aimed at improving their ability to set and maintain a hold in the circle.

Difficulty
Basic-intermediate

Players
3-4

Equipment
1-2 balls
3-6 cones
Set of bibs

Coaching points
– Set up three cones on a 45-degree angle off the circle, with about 1.5 between each cone.
– Have the feeder start on the cone closest to the circle, and feed high balls into the space in front of the goaler with one-handed, high-release passes.
– The goaler must find the body of the defender and aim to maintain a strong hold until the latest possible moment, and then move onto the ball with a strong jump and snatching the ball in overhead. Ask the defender to start relatively passively, and then increase their intensity as the drill progresses.
– After 3-4 passes, move out to the next cone, so that the goaler has to work for slightly longer to keep their hold, and also needs to adjust their timing before they move to grab the ball in.
– Repeat the same process for the third cone.
– As you increase the defensive pressure, reinforce good fundamentals for the goaler: working hard to keep their outside foot on the outside of the defender as the defender tries to come around the body; staying on the hold until the last possible moment; and ripping the ball in at the highest point possible.
– Also watch the midcourter’s passes, which should be placed away from the contest (i.e. not directly above their head) so that the defender can’t get their hands to the ball.
– To involve more players, add another line of cones and another feeder on the other side of the goal circle, so that the goaler alternates sides after each pass. You might also consider adding players to put hands over the passer, to help them practise passing over defence.

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