Content: Save the balls with the paddling movement as the striker trys to beats you
Focus: Movement speed, reaction
Equipment: 1 goal
Number of Assistants: At least 1 striker
Paddling 1 against 1
It is time to practice the paddling movement! The paddling movement is a very efficient movement to avoid those strikers pass us with a flat shot close to our body. We already explained you the theory of the movement (link) and we want to show you a very simple exercise to practice the movement now.
How to do it?
You are at the goal line in the initial position
Balls distributed at the centre of the middle line
Strikers placed there too
Striker takes a ball and runs directly towards the goal
Goalie moves forward (link) and is ready for the save in the initial position
Once the striker enters the slot, he tries to pass the goalie with a flat shot
As soon as the striker changes his direction of movement or uses the long range of his stick and arm to passes the ball flat next to you, you dive into the paddling movement
When you saved the ball, go back to the initial position like we explained in our post about the paddling movement (link) and be ready for a potential rebound
Increase the degree of difficult
Once you saved the first shot, the striker can take the rebound – means to you, do not lose the ball out of your view and go back on your knees to be ready for the rebound immediately.