Attempting to shoot a goal frequently is tricky enough however when a player sees that there is a defender right on their tail that is marking them it is an easy task to get tense and give in to pressure. This field hockey shooting drill models a high pressure atmosphere. This allows enabling players to get accustomed to and become perfect in the art of shooting under pressure.
To set up for this drill you will need to place an offensive player at some place inside the circle and also a defensive player who can mark the offensive player.
The goalkeeper needs to be standing inside the goals and the rest of the team will need to line up at the top of the circle.
The drill starts with the offensive player attempting to draw the defensive player towards the outside of the circle by reducing a wide area in front of the goal.
When the offensive player is set they should then ask for the ball and the player at the front of the line at the top of the circle will need to then pass them the ball. After the offensive player takes control of the ball they need to turn and dodge the defender.
This will help them to render a straight shot or attempt to take a reverse stick shot.
Once the shot is done the player at the front of the line near the top of the circle who handed them the ball will need to move into the circle and get the rebound or pass with her partner to score.
When the offensive player either scores a goal or the defender takes the ball away from the circle, the play is over. A new player from the front of the line will then become the offensive player with the next player the passer with the defender and goalie staying the same.
A Weaving Field Hockey Shooting Drill
Here’s an easy field hockey shooting drill, that assists players to develop ability to dart around the field and immediately take a shot from a location.
To do this drill place a cone near to the top of a circle and two additional cones to the left of the original cone, each about 5 yards apart. Then put another two cones to right hand side too.
One at a time players begin at the far left or right cone and then bob and weave through all of the cones until they reach the middle cone. As soon as do, they should stop and whip around quickly to fire at the goal.
Continue doing this drill a couple of times over for each player.
Lastly, The First Touch
This drill is made to help players to render quick shots immediately after receiving the ball. To perform it one player should have their back against goals and a second player should pass the ball to that player. The shooter has to then grab the ball and immediately spin around in the direction of the goal and take a shot.
Players should carry out this drill repeatedly to develop their capability to take instant shots.