No.1 - Knee Tips
The Set Up: 2 players working together without a ball.
The Practice: Standing opposite each other, the aim is to try and touch each others’ knees without allowing your partner to touch yours. This can be a lot of fun and practices light feet and good balance. It’s also great to get the heart rate up.
Other options: Partners to try and stand on each others’ toes, only try this if you know your group.
No.2 - Footwork with Hoops
The Set Up: Any number of players working with cones or hoops. The cones/hoops to be spread around the working area. Enough for 1 hoop or cone per person.
The Practice: Players are to jog or run around the area and on the teachers whistle, players are to run to a hoop and land with 1 foot in the hoop followed by the 2nd foot outside the hoop. Players are to show balance by bringing the 2nd foot or braking foot back in to the hoop. Teacher then shouts ‘go’ so pupils move on. This practice gives the players a different focus ie the hoops as well as practicing their landing, ideally on both right and left feet playing the part of the landing foot.
Progression: Footwork with Hoops and Change of Direction - Once landed players change direction from 12 o’clock to half past 12 therefore facing back the way they came.
No.3 - Footwork with Hoops Continuous
The Set Up: 2 players working with 1 hoop and 1 ball. Player A is the feeder and player B the worker. The feeder stands to the side of and slightly in-front of the hoop holding the ball at shoulder height with her inside hand.
The Practice: Player B runs towards the hoop and collects the ball from the feeders hand before landing 1 foot in the hoop and 1 foot out of the hoop. Player B gets her balance by bringing both feet into the hoop and passing the ball back to Player A.
Progression 1: Player B pivots and changes direction before passing the ball back to the feeder.
Progression 2: As shown in the last part of the video, the practice becomes continuous. As the worker lands and pivots, the feeder runs to become the workers. She receives a pass from Player B who has completed the pivot. Player B steps out of the hoop to the feeder position and the practice starts again.
No.4 - The Hexagon
The Set Up: Working in pairs to share the work. 6 cones are laid out to make a hexagon shape with the 6th cone positioned in the centre of the shape.
The Practice: The worker is to run round the cones one by one, each time coming back to the centre cone. The aim is to use small, quick and controlled footsteps to take you round the course ensuring body , feet and head are facing the same way at all times.
Progression 1: keep head up and facing the front. Players will therefore need to adapt their body position so feet and hips are facing the way to the cones and the head and upper body is facing forward.
Progression 2: Feeder to hold a ball up to the side or down with the worker calling out where the ball is positioned, this ensures the workers head is up at all times.
Progression 3: Feeder passes the ball to the worker as she drives forward or back to the centre cone.
No.5 - Diagonal Drive
The Set Up: 2’s working with 1 ball. Player A is the feeder and player B is the worker. The feeder starts with the ball with player B standing opposite, 2-3m away.
The Practice: Player B runs forward on a 45 degree angle and receives a shoulder pass from the feeder. Player B jumps to receive the pass, lands using bent knees and braking foot to gain balance before turning to face the direction of the feeder and stepping in to a balanced and controlled chest pass.
Progression 1: Increase the distance in which Player B runs.
Progression 2: Player B indicates where she wants the ball so feeder needs to pass an accurate feed i.e in-front of the moving player.
For the feeder (continuous):-
For the worker:-
No.6 - Diagonal Drive and Reaction
The Set Up: 3 players working with 1 ball. Players A, B and C start in a triangle with Player A starting with the ball.
The Practice: Player A calls either B or C. The called player reacts and drives, on an angle to the centre of the triangle to receive the pass. She lands correctly and uses her braking foot to gain balance and then pivot to pass the ball to Player C.
Progression: Once Player B has caught the ball, Player C sprints, on an angle to receive the next pass. Player C receives the ball and lands with good balance. She pivots to player A and passes the ball back to start the practice again. The aim is for the ball to travel in a line down the court with correct footwork being adhered to at all times.
No.7 - Change of Direction Shuttle
The Set Up: Minimum of 4 players working with 1 ball. Group is split into 2 lines standing opposite each other.
The Practice: This practice is to concentrate on landing and pivoting in a balanced manner. Player A, from line 1, starts with the ball and Player B, from the 2nd line, runs forward to receive a flat chest pass. She lands 1,2, pivots to face her line and passes the ball back to her line. Player A then runs in and receives a flat pass, lands 1-2 and pivots to face her line before sending the ball back.
Progression 1: Change of Direction Shuttle with High Pass - Add a high ball which will help to practice pivoting OR turning in the air.
Progression 2: Add an angle to the run so landing and either turning inwards or outwards (as the teacher decides) before sending the ball back.
No.8 - Reaction to Ball
The Set Up: Minimum of 4 players working with 1 ball. Player A is the feeder who stands 2-3m away from the other players who are facing her in a line.
The Practice: Player A holds the ball high and away from her. One at a time, the workers run to the ball and take it from the feeders hand, land 1-2 and pivot to face the line of players and pass back to the next player. The ball is passed back to the feeder and the practice starts again.
Progression: As seen in the video clip, player to flick the ball upwards so the worker has to receive a higher pass and still land correctly and balanced.