1.1 THROWING AND CATCHING
(f) WORKING IN A SQUARE
Catching and passing exercises with lots of running for groups of four
The four players form a square (with sides of roughly 10 metres, depending on the level). One of the four has a ball. If the numbers in the group do not divide by four, make groups of five in the shape of a pentagon.
All of the exercises below can be performed using this organisation. It runs as follows:
Player A passes the ball to B and runs quickly behind the pass, gets the ball back and passes to C. (S)he gets the ball back, passes to D and receives the return pass. Player A now gives a long pass to B before resuming his/her original position. Meanwhile B has already started his/her turn. When each player has had three turns, for example, move onto the following exercise.
1. The players run in the other direction
2. The assist players move slightly from side to side.
Which group of four can be the first to complete three complete turns? Care should be taken to ensure that the full distance for passes is maintained.
3. Make the distance bigger or smaller.
4. Rather more difficult is the following variation. A first passes diagonally to C, receives the ball back and plays a short pass to D, with a quarter turn to the left. A gets the ball back once more and passes to B with a half-turn, who then takes over, while A returns to his/her original position.
5. As 5 but now in the other direction, thereby requiring left-handed passes.