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Drills

Below are a series of drills with instructions that you can incorporate into your team's practices. Special thanks to Norwegian player, Andreas Semb, and his teammates for putting them together!

Ball Handling

Getting Started

First, take some time to familiarize yourself with the wheelchair. Practice driving around in an open space, experimenting with different speeds, turns, and stop/start maneuvers.

Drill Instructions

  1. Setup: Only a small open space and a ball is needed.

  2. Movement: Drive around randomly, varying your speed.

  3. Ball Placement: Practice moving the ball to different sides of your blade:

    • From back left to front left

    • From front left to front right

    • From front right to back right

  4. Repetition: Repeat the sequence in reverse order.

  5. Increase Difficulty: As you become more comfortable, increase your speed and change the ball's position in a random sequence, rather than following a set order.

Objective

This drill is designed to improve your ball handling skills, which are crucial for various match situations. It's an excellent warm-up exercise to incorporate into your routine.

Sharp Turns with Ball

Getting Started

This exercise builds on the previous drill and requires only a ball and an open space.

Drill Instructions

  1. Setup: As shown in the video, start by driving in one direction, such as from one side of the court to the other.

  2. Practice Turns: Before reaching the other side, practice making sharp turns with the ball. You can either:

    1. Drive back to your starting point.

    2. Make another sharp turn to continue your course.

  3. Without the Ball: Initially, practice the turns without the ball to get comfortable with the sharp maneuvers in the chair.

  4. Increase Difficulty:

    1. Drive faster.

    2. Make sharper turns.

    3. Drive randomly rather than in straight lines.

    4. Change the ball's position on the blade before or after a turn.

    5. Double up on sharp turns to confuse opponents.

Objective

This drill is designed to improve ball handling at high speeds, enable quick turns to evade opponents, and help maintain possession when forward progress is blocked. It is especially useful in transitioning between attack strategies or during fast breaks. Incorporate this into your warm-up routine for best results.

Driving Straight

Getting Started

Begin this exercise without the ball and add the ball later. You need an open space and a ball for when you progress to that stage.

Drill Instructions

  1. Setup: Start by driving from point A to point B in a straight line. If possible, use a line on the floor as a guideline.

  2. Practice Without the Ball: Drive the straight path several times to get a feel for maintaining a straight line.

  3. Add the Ball: Once comfortable, repeat the steps with the ball. You will notice it is challenging to drive straight with the ball at high speeds, as it tends to fall off the blade.

  4. Drive Like a Banana: To maintain a straight path, you may need to drive in a slight curve, similar to the shape of a banana. The goal is to drive so straight that the slight curve is not noticeable from the outside.

  5. Increase Difficulty:

    1. Drive at top speed.

    2. Avoid changing the ball’s position on the blade while driving.

Objective

This exercise helps you drive straight at high speeds while maintaining control of the ball. This skill is crucial in matches, whether attacking the goal or breaking away with the ball. Consistent practice will enable you to drive as fast with the ball as without it, preventing opponents from catching up due to the equal top speeds of the chairs. Incorporate this drill into your routine to enhance your overall performance on the court.

Zig-Zag Cones

Getting Started

For this exercise, you need some space, cones, and a ball.

Drill Instructions

  1. Setup: Place at least 5 cones in a straight line, spaced approximately 6-9 feet (2-3 meters) apart.

  2. Practice Without the Ball: Drive from the first to the last cone, weaving through the cones by passing each one on alternating sides (e.g., pass the first cone on the right, the next on the left).

  3. Extended Setup: For a more comprehensive drill:

    1. Place cones 3 feet from the existing line, creating two straight lines inside the court.

    2. Arrange 5-7 cones in each line, forming a loop or circuit around the court.

    3. Drive behind the goal to transition from one line to the next, enabling continuous movement through the circuit.

  4. Add the Ball: Once comfortable with the chair handling, repeat the exercise with the ball.

  5. Increase Difficulty:

    1. Drive faster.

    2. Navigate closer to the cones without hitting them.

    3. Incorporate both players with and without balls in the drill.

    4. Ensure all participants eventually complete the exercise with the ball.

Objective

This exercise enhances chair handling, ball handling, spatial awareness, and communication. It is versatile and can be adapted for individual or group practice. For a solo challenge, time yourself completing the circuit and strive to improve your time. In group settings, practice passing carefully and maintaining cone positions.

Screening: Attacking & Defending

Getting Started

For this exercise, you need a cone, some open space, and two players.

Drill Instructions

  1. Setup: Place a cone in the open space.

  2. Roles:

    1. Attacking Player: Tries to reach and touch the cone.

    2. Defending Player: Screens the cone to prevent the attacker from touching it.

  3. Defending the Cone:

    1. Keep your chair in motion and stay between the cone and the opponent.

    2. Maintain a close proximity to the opponent for a stronger block but be mindful of the difficulty in screening a nearby opponent.

    3. Anticipate the opponent’s moves to stay one step ahead.

    4. Start with some space between you and the attacker to allow for adjustments and errors.

  4. Attacking the Cone:

    1. Use trickery and misdirection to outmaneuver the defender.

    2. Vary your speed and change directions unexpectedly.

    3. Look in one direction while driving in another to confuse the defender.

    4. Use your speed to your advantage, maintaining distance and utilizing deceptive moves.

Objective

This exercise is fundamental for learning effective screening techniques, which are crucial in the sport. Screening helps in maintaining defensive positions and creating offensive opportunities. Incorporate this drill regularly to improve both attacking and defensive screening skills, preparing players for real match situations.

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