PRACTICE 10 (Overall Skill Development)

It's important to continue reviewing with your players. Take extra time to go back through the drills and lessons learned to focus on the key points.

First 5 Minutes (Review)

Bring all of the players and coaches together. Begin the practice by reiterating what was conveyed at the end of the last practice and explain the plan for this practice. You can review or explain the fundamentals to the game, including the number of players on the field, different positions, offsides, etc. Address any questions the players may have.

Next 10 Minutes (Warm-up)

Divide the players into several lines on the midfield line facing one of the restraining lines. Go through repetitions of the following between the mid line and the restraining line: 50 percent run with high knees, butt kicks (lifting the legs up high in the back), side shuffle, running backwards; then 75 percent run; and 100 percent run.

Then lead your players through a quick stationary stretch:

Sit, with legs extended out flat on the ground in a V position. Lean forward, reach for the toes and pull back on the toes. Hold for a 10 count (have the girls count down from 10). Repeat. This works the hamstrings, calves and lower back.

During the warm-up, pull the goalies aside and have them work with one or two of the coaches. It is important for the goalies to be properly warmed up and comfortable taking shots before the real action of practice begins. Also, it is a great opportunity for the goalies to get some one-on-one instruction and will help them develop as players. One great drill to work on the hand-eye coordination for goalies is to have them start by warming up with a regular stick (instead of the larger goalie head).

Next 25 Minutes (Stick Skills)

Perform the following drills as performed in previous practices:

3-Man 2 Balls

Box Drill

Diamond Drill

Next 2 Minutes (Water Break)

Keep your players hydrated with a water break. But have them hustle back to the field.

Next 5 Minutes (Ground Balls)

Repeat drills that were introduced during previous practices. They are as follows:

Single Line

Two v. One

Two v. Two

Face-off Ground Ball Drill

Next 15 Minutes (Shooting Drills)

Review the fundamentals of shooting that were learned in previous practices. Have the players perform the following drills:

Dodge and Shoot on the Run

Inside Shooting

Next 2 Minutes (Water Break)

Keep your players hydrated with a water break. But have them hustle back to the field.

Next 10 Minutes (Odd-Man Drills)

Review the importance of odd-man situations as an offense. Drill the following:

Two v. One

Three v. Two

Next 15 Minutes (Even-Man Drills)

One v. One

Two v. Two

Three v. Three

Ending Practice

In your team huddle, review what was learned and congratulate the players for their hard work. Also, establish the next practice time with the players and parents, and follow up with an email.