Make sure your team is having fun while learning the right techniques and developing their skills with some of SportsEngine's favorite practice drills and activities.
Anne Kordes, current 17 Red Coach for KIVA (Louisville, KY) and former Head Coach at Univ. of Louisville shares a defensive base release drill for intermediate to advanced players. This drill focuses on three defenders starting in base and releasing to their defensive position to defend a hard driven or tip from the outside, middle and right side attacker, and then returning to base quickly.
Getting a few friends together to play pickup soccer in a loose, fun environment is a great way to learn soccer. It won’t be super competitive. This way everyone can have fun, and kids will slowly learn how to play together.
When playing basketball, the game causes you to constantly jump and move with power and quickness. While being able to do this, you must have the endurance to sustain the energy you will need for an entire game.
When the hip drops on a ball carrier, normally some sort of move is coming. By practicing tracking the near hip and coming to balance when it drops, the tackler is preparing to adjust to any moves from the ball carrier.
Remember, sloppiness now will lead to sloppiness on the field, too. Practicing good habits now will pay dividends when it matters the most, so don't cut corners now.
The neural language your body is utilizing must have some degree of transfer/specific carryover to your sports demands – if it doesn’t, you’re just learning how to do circus tricks … not become a better hockey player.
The hard part is finding a way for players to recognize this in the second or two they have to make a play on the ball. To work on this we moved to a drill that builds off the traditional guard read drill and adds a second layer to it.
Minnesota Select based in Bloomington, Minnesota, shares an out of system 4v4 drill that can be run cooperatively or competitively. The drill focuses on out of system defense, setting and attacking.
Here’s the kicker though — human muscle sinks and fat floats. So if you’re a more built swimmer, it’ll be harder for you to keep yourself up at the surface versus someone who spends less time at the gym.
The Power is a very difficult play to defend. Luckily, most teams run the play so as a defensive coordinator you can spend time each practice working the different techniques required to stop it.
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