There is something euphoric about shooting the ball. Be it in a game or in practice, bringing that ball up and firing it at the goal brings a satisfactory end to the hard work laid down in order to get the shot off. Unfortunately, not every time down the pool does every player get to shoot the ball. Even in most practice drills, individual shots are limited to one (1). So when I wanted to drill some shooting, I wanted to make it more dynamic. Additionally, I had a lot of teams that would generate scoring opportunities off the transition, not just on a 2 on 1, or 3 on 2, but also the 5 on 4 and 6 on 5. It was the #4, 5, and 6 players coming down on the transition that would have uncontested perimeter shooting opportunities. This drill got everyone thinking to capitalize on the odd-man rush. And the drill is crazy simple, and the name says it all, “Fire Away!!!!”
That’s the original drill. There are some drawbacks. First, this is a drill that takes 4 balls. Second, missed/blocked shots can find their way out of the pool, so you will need back-up players to shag loose balls. If you need extras to get errant balls, modify the rotation to send the attacker out of the pool (to do two rounds of getting loose balls), the other player out of the water jumps in at the 1M passer, and everyone shifts up. Problem solved. Of course, if you have a high-net behind the cage, this can reduce errant balls dramatically.
Now for variations:
Take this to the next step, turn 5M passer into a trailing defender.
You can split the pool, have this drill set up at both ends, and the end doesn’t start until after the transition goal is taken. This gives one end enough time to set up for their turn through the drill, and allows the goalies get to see both sides of the drill as well.
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