About 5 years ago, I was at a practice for the men’s team I was on. We were working on a particular play. What I’ll never forget is how regimental our play practice was. Literally we were working on player movement as precisely as a few feet rather than having general lanes and letting the offensive players run their lanes based on the positioning of the defense. It felt more like a choreographed dance than a play that contained room for variety within each lane or cut.
Receiving a pull is an area in which a team should be extremely proficient, as it is an event that occurs hundreds of times over a season. It is a mistake to not take advantage of these moments in which the defense is not entirely set. The ideal situation occurs when the offense initiates play from the brick and scores a seemingly effortless, or uncontested, goal.
The 3 person weave drill is great for faking, handler movement, cutting to open space, resetting and seeing the field. The progression is as follows:
- 3 handlers line up horizontally
- 2 cuts up the line, 3 moves in, 1 fakes the pass to 2
- 1 passes to 3, 2 cuts across the field
- 3 passes to 2, 1 slides up the field
- 3 Handlers are back in horizontal
- Repeat the pattern: 3 cuts up the line, 1 moves in, 2 fakes the pass to 3
- 2 passes to 1, 3 cuts across the field