DEFENDER DOUBLE CIRCLE SURPRISES – SHARNI LAYTON

Summary
In this drill from former Australian Diamonds captain Sharni Layton, get those defenders’ legs burning and hands sharp with a fast-paced ball and fitness activity. This drill progresses to the “Double circle surprise pairs drill”.

Level
Basic-intermediate

Players
3

Equipment
2 balls

Coaching points
– Set up your two passers on the two 45-degree marks of the goal circle, with a ball each.
– The feeders take it in turns to put surprise passes into the goal circle for the worker, who must react as quickly as possible to pick up/grab each pass and return it to that thrower.
– The timing of each surprise pass is important. It should be released just as the worker returns the ball to the other passer. Too early and the ball may get away from them; too late and they’ll be waiting for it to be passed. The aim is for the worker to work continuously, but also to be able to see the next pass as it is given.
– This is a high intensity drill, even for young players. They should try to retrieve dropped balls with as few bounces as possible, and pull in high balls before they hit the ground.
– Ensure the worker gathers each ball properly and passes back correctly (i.e. collects it with two hands and passes it with correct passing technique, not a ‘shovel’ pass or simply tapping it back to the throwers.
– As your players improve, look for the workers to keep their vision up and orientate their shoulders slightly to allow themselves to try and see the next pass out of the corner of their eye.
– Complete anywhere between 8-20 consecutive passes, depending on the age/level/fitness of your players, before rotating positions. You may ask each player to complete 2-4 sets each, in their groups.
– READY TO PROGRESS IT? CHECK OUT SHARNI’S NEXT PROGRESSION: DOUBLE CIRCLE SURPRISE PAIRS