To develop the use of the paddle so that it becomes an extension of the hand and increases the players reach. To make the right choices of when and where to use the paddle and allow it to perform its duties without getting in the way.
EXTENDED PADDLE REACH
Reaching for the ball on the water that is at extended reach, Power side of the blade over the ball
drill – Pairs attempting to improve technique.
PICKING THE BALL UP OFF THE WATER
Tip of the blade, Side of the blade, Changing sides, Juggling.
drill – Pairs. Up and over drill- Player has ball on water, opposition from 5 metres away attempts for the ball, player lifts ball up from the water and tosses it up and over the opposition. Player paddles onto ball with the opposition chasing in behind.
CATCHING THE BALL WITH THE PADDLE
To the front, To the back, Over the head
drill – Stationary and on the move drills such as staggers.
GAINING POSSESSION WITH THE PADDLE
Ball tap at the front of kayak with the inside blade, Ball sweep followed by a brace, Parallelling with ball control, The over committed defender- turn and go.
Drill – 3,2,1,go.
DRIBBLING WITH THE PADDLE
Pick up, Correct use of the blade.
drill – Shuttle relay
Keeping the paddle down to the last moment.
Drill – piggy in the middle, spare player drill, piggy in the middle in motion.
Various styles, long shots, short shots, know what a goalie has to contend with.
drill – basic shooting drill. Score out of 10 shots.
CATCHING THE BALL WITH THE PADDLE.
Ball over deck
1) Back hand controls the blade angle (rotation)
2) Front hand controls the shock absorption.
1) Same theory as catching the ball with the paddle.
2) Hand to butt of shaft.
3) Place the paddle on the water where the ball is about to land.
4) Control blade angle with one hand- Keep the blade flat.