WALL BALL DRILLS
Find a wall in your area
(it could be the side of a school, gym, handball court, etc) that is at
least 15 yards long and ten feet high.
Phase 1-Quick Stick/Rapid Fire: Line up around 3-5 yards from the wall.
First, 50 right hand throw and catches without cradling. After
completing 50 right hand throw and catches, do the same with your left.
Did you notice I didn't mention starting with your strong hand. With
"wall ball" anything you do right, you follow-up left. This stage is
great because it allows you to work on quick sticks, hand eye
coordination, and one timing. You will become better about getting rid
of the ball in a timely fashion without even noticing it by practicing
Phase 2-12 Yard Passing: Line up 12 yards from the wall. Start with 30
right hand throws, which will come back to you on one bounce. When you
retrieve the ball from the one bounce, cradle once, then follow-up with
the next throw. When you have completed 30 right handed throws,
follow-up with 30 left.
Phase 3-Throwing & Catching On The Run: This may be my favorite and most
helpful stage. First I start line up 5-7 yards from the wall on the far
left side of the wall. I begin this stage with the stick in my right
hand and while I am running alongside the wall (towards the other end),
I throw and catch the ball on the run. The important part is to throw
the ball on the run and not always catching the ball stick side. I like
to do this during every stage. Do you always get a pass stick side? No.
Therefore, in your training you should throw the ball against the wall
and catch it cross hand (or across your face). After I run one length of
the wall, I run back to the other end throwing lefty (doing the same
thing I did with my right). Keep repeating these steps. This stage
should be done for about 5-7 minutes.
Phase 4-Shooting: Line-up around 12-15 yards from the wall. Get in
proper shooting formation (hands loose, three quarter/overhand motion,
snapping of the hips, and following threw) mark a few places on the wall
with tape to aim at. Shoot at about 80% velocity, having the ball come
back to you with one bounce. Depending on where you aim, the ball may
take bounces that aren't the same, so you have to work a little bit.
Start with 25 right, and follow up with about 25 left.
Phase 5-Trickery: This stage is fun. This is a great time to practice
behind the backs (make sure you are not following threw too much. Step
in the direction you are aiming, and the behind the back motion is only
about a foot, with the head of your stick ending up hitting the top part
of your arm near your shoulder). Around the world, threw the legs, and
any other creative stuff can be incorporated at this time. I would leave
around 5 minutes for this stage. I am a firm believer that this stage is
important. If you can pull this stage off (and only if you are mastering
the other 4 stages should you try this stage), it is an indication that
you have a strong comfort level with your stick and great hand eye
coordination. It is also a stage that can help you in terms pulling
something off in a game that is nice to watch and necessary. There are
times in a game when a behind the back is the only option.
So there it is, five stages of 'Wall Ball." Get a radio with your
favorite beats, a snow cap and duck boots if there is snow on the
ground, and do what you have to do to get out at least five days a week
for 20 minutes/per day. Don't let the competition pass you by. No