PRE-GAME DRILLS

Pre-game Warm Up consist of two main phases. First is general Warm Up with light cardio exercises, dynamic stretching and specific body preparation exercises and second phase is sport related practicing – in our case floorball drills. These drills can be various and there is plenty of them to choose. In this article we will show you some of them and discuss some basic rules when doing them.

Before executing specific floorball drills the Warm Up starts with the first phase which can be done also outside of the rink. After that, you can start the second phase with some elementary drills with sticks and balls – like dribbling and passing in couples.  The intensity of each next drill is increasing so at the end of the specific Warm Up the players are prepared to start the game with maximum speed, power and effort (there is a smooth transition between the Warm Up and start of the game). Important aspect of the drills is that the hardness of the shots is slowly increasing too. The reason for this is that the goalies need to catch the ball and touch the ball in the beginning of this phase to prepare for catching.  If you shoot in a way that the goalie is not able to catch the ball (because the shots are too hard or they miss the goal) then he/she is not able to prepare for the game and this is a big mistake. Imagine a goalie who is only sitting in the cage and watching the balls flying out of his/her reach and missing the goal or hitting it so hard and precise that he/she is not able to catch anything. In this scenario the specific Warm Up is for the goalie for no use and he/she will be not prepared well for the game. So at least in the first drill you need to soften the shots and aim them at the goalies hands and legs and let him/her to catch them.

Drills showed below are not arranged in a specific order and if you need you can lower the difficulty of some of the more complex drills by e.g. reducing number of passes. These drills can serve you as a small DrillBook from which you can choose some of the drills (usually 5 or 6) and use them for the pre-game Warm Up. There are many other drills too and is up to every coach to choose the best set of drills suitable for his/her team. It is important to think about why do you want the team to do these particular drills and what do you want to achieve in the pre-game Warm Up. Just copy something that you have seen doing for example Finnish floorball national team can do your team more harm than good, if you don’t know why are you doing that and what is the purpose of these drills.

Zigzag shooting

Players start running quickly towards the goal one after another in few meter gaps. After few steps they alternate one to left and the second to the right (zigzag) and shoot from predetermined spot by predetermined shooting style (e.g. dragged shot, slap shot etc.)

Starting from half.

Starting from side.

Starting from corner with two passes.

Corners one-touch

Player starts without the ball in corner, runs to the half, receives pass from player in opposite corner, runs with ball, pass the ball to player in the corner where he started, receives the ball and shoots (one-touch). Player from the opposite corner continues.

Corners with more passes

Player starts without the ball in corner, runs to the half, after few meters he receives pass from player in opposite corner who is running too, players continue and do two more passes, then the starting player runs toward the goal with ball and shoots. The other player continues running without the ball and he receives pass from the opposite corner and shoots (one-touch).

From half

Player starts with passing the ball and then runs forward, in the center he turns towards the goal. Meanwhile the player receiving the first pass passes the ball to player on the other side and he passes the ball to running player who is then shooting.

Screening

One player starts screening the goalie. Player in the corner passes the ball to player on the half, he passes the ball to player in the corner who moves a little and passes the ball back (one-touch) to the player who is moving now towards the goal, receiving the ball, running with the ball and shooting on the goal, where the third player screens. The shooting player is then the screening player.

Four corners

Player on the half runs without the ball, receives pass from the player in the corner and shoots. Player on the other side of the half continues.

2 on 1

Forwards stand on the sides with balls. Defenders stand in the middle without balls. Defender starts, receives pass from the first forward and shoots. Then he turns and receives pass from the second forward, pass the ball back to him and goes defending. Forwards cross and execute the situation 2 on 1.

3 on 2

Forwards (dots) stand in three lines. Two in corners and one next to the goal. In the corner they have balls. Defenders (triangles) stand in one line next to the goal (with balls) and on the half. Defender starts from the half, receives pass from player in the corner and shoots. Then he turns and goes defending. Meanwhile the forward standing next to the goal is going to screen the goalie or tip in the defender’s shot. Then he runs to joint the attack. Meanwhile forwards standing in corners starts, one receives pass from defender standing next to the cage (who is then going to defend), passes the ball to the second forward, they cross on the half and the situation 3 on 2 is then taking place.


Vítězslav Carda

 
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2 Responses to “PRE-GAME DRILLS”
  1. Steen Houman says:

    First of all, its a great site you have, keep it up…my question is one who I have been thinking about. Why is it, that the prematch warm up with drills, more or less is the same for all teams! And Why is it, that it seems like that the whole team must do exact the same drills!

    Why dont we make drills more specific, according to the players. Drills for forwards must be different from drills for defenders. Some players like to drible more,…

    Some drills of course have something for defenders and forwards, but basicly, we dont as a coach have more specifik drills, who will suit players better, so they will perform better in the match…

    Best regards

    Steen

     
    • VC says:

      Hi Steen,
      your idea to have individual specific drills for each player is plausible and I think it is interesting too. We know that group or individual training is more efficient than the collective one. But the reason the pre-game Warm Up is the same for the whole team (except goalkeepers – they have some parts of the Warm Up different) is that you have limited time and space. So it is much easier for the coach to let the players do the same drills when you have only half of the rink and 30 minutes (if you are lucky). And as you mentioned not in every drill they do the same… My opinion is that these are the factors involved – limited space and time and sometimes laziness of the coaches. But I like your idea, do you have a floorball team, have you tried to do individual pre-game Warm Up with the players?

      Vítězslav Carda

       
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