You start with a sprint – The loser of the sprint goes directly to the ejection area and his/her team is down a man. Make it – Take it and you keep score. The offensive player who misses the shot, makes a bad pass, or has the ball stolen is out and needs to sprint to his ejection area. Ejected man enters and defense counters hard with the intent to score. If they score the counter goal they get 2 points and get to set up the 6 on 5. Offensive player who misses a shot, makes a bad pass or has the ball stolen is out and sprints to the ejection area. Ejected man enters and defense counters hard to score and get 2 points. You can play for a specific period of time ex: 20:00 running time.. All substitutes are in line in the ejection area. Every counter is a FREEBIE and they get to set up 6 on 5 whether they score or not.
My favorite drill is three field players spaced at the vertices of an equilateral triangle. The distance between them can be from about two meters to six meters. The first player is positioned facing the second player, holding their hands out in front of them forming an inverted V inclined slightly up with the hands about twelve inches above the water. The third player starts with the ball and waits until the second player has established a stable vertical stance and then passes them the ball. The second player receives the ball and shoots the ball as hard as they can so that it skips off the water just in front of and then in to the the first players hands. The drill then cycles progressively around the three players.
I like this drill because:
- When it goes right, it flows very quickly and you can get get a lot done in a short amount of time.
- When it goes wrong, it is really obvious and draws your attention.
- The shooters body position and height out of the water are very apparent to the passer and they can get constant and immediate feedback on how they are doing.
- The shooter is highly motivated to accurately place the ball within about a few inches of where it is supposed to be.
- The catcher develops faith in their teammate and loses fear of the incoming ball.
- The catcher learns to quickly get control of the ball and transition to passing.
Some one will probably point out that I must have seen Buchser run this drill in 1970, but I first remember seeing it done by the Italian Women's Senior Team in 2003.