(s) SHOOTING FROM THE ASSIST POSITION
Practising various types of shot from the assist position
Three per korf with a ball. Number 1 has the ball 10 metres from the korf. Number 2 is in the assist position just in front of the korf, defended by Number 3. After five shots, for example, change functions.
A. Number 1 passes to Number 2 and goes for a running-in shot. Number 3 tries to prevent the assist by leaning over Number 2. Number 2 profits from this and turns quickly to shoot. The defender allows the shot.
This exercise can be executed with just two players. Even with just one shooter it can work well. In my experience, however, it only really works with a defender co-operating fully. In most teams this type of shot is only used when there is no other player free. The technique for this “rotating shot” is very open to discussion. Be sure that the player does not travel with the ball and (s)he must keep the defender behind his/her back when turning.
B. Number 2 gets the ball from Number 1, Number 3 defends but not 100 per cent i.e. forgetting to use the hands or standing too far away (not a very clever option!). In other words, Number 2 is not defended and can shoot, although this is not easy with his/her back to the korf. The most common technique is that whereby the ball is lifted high in front of the body as for a penalty, but is held for longer so as to be thrown over the head in the direction of the korf. A reasonably improbable shooting technique but one that I have seen succeed in matches.
C. As B, but Number 2 is three metres diagonally in front of the korf in a weaker assist position. Number 1 passes and follows in for a running-in shot. Number 2 feints to pass, whereby Number 3 tries to block the ball (or maybe switch to defend Number 1). Number 2 does not pass but takes a step away from the korf, to be completely free, turns and shoots. Also important here, as in A, is that a good use of the exercise requires co-operation from the defender.
D. “Anno-ball” (see also “assist from 10 metres in front of the korf”). Number 1 passes to Number 2. Just when the pass is given, Number 2 takes one or two steps forward, catches the ball and turns to shoot. A surprise chance, close to the korf.