Triangle Passing Drill: Ground Balls
One of the most most fundamental passing and catching drills out there, the Triangle Passing Drill is great way to get your players’ heads up and feet moving toward the ball. By adding in Ground Balls, you can teach your players to pick up loose balls and immediately move the ball away from trouble.
Like the traditional Triangle Passing Drill, this variation is easy to set up and doesn’t require much space on the field. With Ground Balls thrown in, your players will improve their footwork, muscle memory for scooping, and throwing on the run. Ground Balls Win Games.
Here's THE DRILL:
Figure 1. Set up 3 cones in a triangle. The cones should be roughly 10 to 20 yards apart from each other. You can shrink the distance if necessary, depending on your players’ stick skills.
Put all of your players in a line behind one of the three cones. Be sure to mix offensive and defensive players together. Everybody on your team needs to be able to pick up ground balls with both hands.
If you have more than 20 players at practice, create multiple sets of cones to ensure your players get the maximum repetitions in your drills. There’s no reason your players should come to practice to stand around waiting in line.
- Switch directions halfway through the drill- move the ball clockwise, scooping left-handed and throwing left-handed.
- Time Your Drills for your players' age and attention span. Move on to something else once a drill or game becomes unproductive.
- Stick in the outside hand- Beginning players need to practice both hands equally. Keep the stick protected, away from the Defender.
- Challenge your players- add a second ball into the drill to keep things moving quickly and keep your players focused.
- Put the cones closer together for faster scooping and passing and even more reps. Try 5 or 10 yards apart.
- Roll Away-Teach your players to turn away from pressure and move the ball to an open teammate.
- Dodges- Use this same setup to practice the Roll Dodge, Split Dodge, etc. Make your move then move the ball quickly.
- Backdoor cuts- Cut behind the Defender to get open on the way to the goal.
- Over-the-shoulder- Teach your players this basic technique for catching on-the-run.
- Give-and-Go's- Maximize how many times each player touches the ball and teach them how to move without the ball.
Try it at your next practice. Let us know if you have any great Triangle Passing Drills of your own!