Content: Save mid-distance shots and move to the semicircle run of a striker
Equipment: Floorball balls
Number of Assistants: 1 or more
Defend semicircle run of shooter
This exercise helps you to be in position when a shooter shots from mid-distance towards your goal. It is very useful to train knee steps and forward movements in a game-like situation. Furthermore, the exercise trains your scanning. Identify when a striker shots and increase the depth immediately to increase the cover ratio of your body towards the goal.
How to do it?
We assume that the field player in the right corner starts with the exercise
Goalie is on the right post in the initial position sideways (link)
Field players are equally distributed in the two corners
Each player needs one ball
Field player in the right corner starts to run with ball in a semicircle around the goal – the run should not be too close to the goal (s. video)
Goalie scans the field player and moves parallel to the running field player in a semicircle at the goalkeeper area
Field player decides when he shoots – once he see an open cap due to wrong position of the goalie or he is in the right angle to try a shot
As soon as the goalie identifies the shot, he moves forward to increase the cover ration of the body surface to minimizes the available options to score for the shooter
Field player took a shot
Goalie saved the ball
Increase the degree of difficult
Add an additional player in the slot to block the view of the goalie and to take the rebound if possible
This exercise is nice game-like situation. When you train this exercise, ensure that your short post is not open. We ask all strikers to shoot immediately as soon as a goalie offers you it – it is the best way to keep it close ;). We recommend you to move parallel to the striker in a semicircle around the goalkeeper area. This has two advantages. The first one is that you are on angle with less movement. The second one is that you know better where your goal is in the back.
If you do not believe it, try to move in a semicircle at the edge of the slot. You will see that it is much more difficult to be on angle and of course it costs more energy to follow the movement of the striker as you have to move a longer path.