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Here are a few skills training drills and some tips on throwing.



  1.  Throwing tips and drills
  2. Boat skill drills
  3. Passing and shooting drills

Throwing tips and drills [Back to top]

Power [Back to top]

Here are some throwing tips that I was given for getting maximum power: 

See this video of a good throw:


Below are two drills that I like.

Flick practice [Back to top]

Hopefully this drill will help you get the final wrist flick part of the throw right, so energy isn't wasted with the ball spinning off the fingers. 

  1. Sit (preferably in a boat on the water) opposite another player, not too far away. Hold the ball with your upper arm horizontal (ie at shoulder level) and your arm bent at 90o-ish. Throw the ball to eachother ten times using just a small 'flicking' movement like Bruce Lee's one inch punch.
  2. Now move further apart and throw the ball to eachother five times using the full movement.
  3. Repeat!

Ball control - hands [Back to top]

Hopefully this drill will help you get a feel for catching the ball one handed in a controlled manner and throwing the ball without gripping it too hard (if the ball has to escape your grip to start flying, I guess speed is being taken off it.) 

  1. Sit (preferably in a boat on the water) opposite another player, not too far away. Throw the ball fairly softly to the other person, in an area described by an imaginary upside down horse-shoe around their head so that they can get the ball with one hand. They catch it and throw it back in one movement, in a soft way such that their hand matches speed with the ball as it comes in, moves back with the ball while slowing it down then throws it back without having to stop or grip the ball hard.
  2. Carry on this 'to-and-fro' until you're bored.

Throwing drill for judging distance [Back to top]

Throw distance judging drill

A drill to make practising long throws a bit quicker.


  1. Player 1 passes to player 2, then player 2 passes back (1a).
  2. Player 1 passes to player 3, then player 3 passes back.
  3. Player 1 passes to player 4, then player 4 passes back.
  4. Player 1 passes to player 5, then player 5 passes back.
  5. Player 1 sprints to the end to sit behind player 5, facing player 2. Everyone shifts down and player 2 turns and becomes the thrower. Repeat.




















Boat skill drills [Back to top]

Stern pivot square [Back to top]

Starting position 1)Players one and four sprint to the middle and pass to each other. 1 and 4 pass eachother 2) Both players perform a fast stern pivot to face the corner they started from.
1 and 4 turn and return to original position3) Having made their turn, both players return to their original corner and get ready for their next turn. 2 and 3 start off 4) The drill now repeats, with players two and three sprinting to the middle.

Passing and shooting drills [Back to top]

Catch and pass star [Back to top]

Lucky Pierre

This drill is to be done at speed, so each player in the outer ring has a ball to prevent delays from bad passes/catches. Alternatively, one ball can be used and after catching it is passed to the next person round who then throws it back, and so on.
Player one passes their ball to player eight, who then passes it back. Player two passes their ball to eight and, who then passes it back, and so on, moving round the star. When player eight passes the ball back to player seven, everyone moves round one place, ie seven becomes eight, eight becomes one, one becomes two and so on. Repeat!

NB: Hard passes are worth a go, if you get used to receiving hard passes, nice friendly passes are dead simple.







Catch and shoot star [Back to top]

Catch and shoot star

To keep the drill going, players one to six should have a ball each. Player seven is the goal-keeper.


Player one passes his ball to player eight, player eight shoots. Player two passes his ball to player eight, player eight shoots, and so on, moving round the star. When all balls have been shot, everyone moves round one place, ie seven becomes eight, eight becomes one, one becomes two and so on. Repeat!

NB: Always try to aim your shots at top corners, or make them awkward to save some other way, try to trick the keeper with the power.






Pass and move [Back to top]

No pictures for this one, but it's good, especially for a warm-up and wake-up exercise. Just keep moving around into space, looking for a pass.

Break drill [Back to top]

This drill is for practicing the sprinting, timing and ball skills used during a 'break'. By a break, I mean that your team has just regained possession and players have broken free to sprint up the pitch and receive a long pass, hopefully resulting in a goal. The three pictures below should explain it!

Break drill part a

Two players and the keeper of the attacking team line up on the goal line. The opposing team has just a keeper and one defender. The two attacking players on the wings sprint up the pitch.












Break drill part b

The attacking players start to sprint in towards goal. The attacking keeper either throws a long pass to or in front of one of his the players. The defender sprints to stop the player with the ball.












Break drill part c

The attacking player with the ball, having drawn the defender across, passes the ball to the other attacking player, who then shoots. GOAL! Maybe...


Now the three reds left over become the attackers and the two whites left over become the defenders. And repeat!











Originally posted on warwickcanoe.co.uk

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