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Handball drills

1 goalkeeper - 2 defenders (with cap) - 3 attackers
  • In front of the goal, on the circle, an area of 6 meters is marked with hats. In between are 2 defenders. (preferably starting on the 9 meter)
  • 3 Players play towards the goal and try to outplay the defender. The defenders try to actively conquer the ball.
  • After a shot on goal, or conquering the ball, the next trio approaches the goal
  • After 3 to 4 full rounds, goalkeeper and defender change places
  • Per pair a hat and a ball
  • 1 Player defends the hat with his hands behind his back
  • The other tries to hit the hat with the ball. No throwing!
Variant from the E:
  • With hands and frontal hold. No clenching!
In this exercise we improve our footwork while pressing and in the completion.

On the LO there are 3 pawns at the point to the back. The 2 front pawns stand at the 9 meter mark. One touch point stand past the right pawn in the middle.

  • Players pass to the attacking point and run without the ball towards the left pawn, in the forward movement they get the ball, in the backward movement they play it back.
  • Players walk back to the back pawn and pass again, this time to the front right pawn.
  • Repeat this 2x, at the last time at the right pawn the players finish.
On the RO there is the following lineup:

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Players throw to a point of contact on the left side of the exercise and turn on the right side next to the posts. Run half round back to back, get the ball and complete by jumping over the hurdle.
  • 4 lines, 2 bigger middle squares, 2 smaller back squares (comparable with beach lines)
  • 2 teams stand in the middle squares and try to throw each other off
  • If you are hit, you walk to the backfield and try to hit an opponent from there
    • If you succeed, you can go back again
  • Winner is the team that throws another team out of the centre square
As a child, it is good to learn young how to jump up or what fast footwork is, in this exercise you can use both.

  • A player starts at the running ladder,
    • Here, he or she carries out the task which is explained.
  • Then after the step ladder, the player continues to the next obstacle,
    • Here, the player jumps over the jump with one or two legs at the same time.
  • Then the next obstacle, the player continues to the pawns,
    • Here, he or she goes sideways past the pawns.
  • If there is a goalkeeper present, you can choose that the children, after moving the cones, take a ball and may throw it in a 1 against 1 with the goalkeeper.
    • Then the ball is put back and they join in at the back.

There are different variations to think of for each obstacle, so it remains attractive and you can keep doing it for a reasonably long time.


drawing Youth fitness
This game can be played as an end game but also during training and as a warm-up, which makes it appealing, especially since you can differentiate and change it well.

  • Two teams are made in a square of about 10 by 10.
  • One team starts with the ball, the goal of this team is to pass the ball to a teammate 10 times.
  • The goal of the other team is to intercept and pass the ball 10 times.

This game comes in different situations.
Examples are:
  • Larger/smaller field
  • Different way of passing (MUST via bounce, MUST through the air).
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One of the most important things for a goalie is the strength in the upper legs, in this exercise this is practiced.

  • The goalkeepers try to move their legs up and down on the bench for one minute
  • Then you do that 2 more times,
    • The time can be varied according to the age group and level. (For example 1x 45 seconds and 1x 30 seconds).
  • Then you do 3 x 30 seconds jumping up with 2 legs at the same time to the beat of queen 'We will rock you
    • This means, 2x jumping on the ground and then with both simultaneously on the bench.

  • Everyone makes 2 pairs and stands on the back line.
  • One of the pair runs to the back line and back again.
  • The other one does a power exercise.
  • Exercises:
    • Squats
    • Twisting arms
    • Jumping on the ground
    • Lunges
    • Jumping jacks
  • Divide the group into 3 or 4 equal numbers
  • Different relay forms are done
  • 1st form 
    • Slalom around the cones without ball
  • 2nd form
    • Slalom around the pawns with a ball.
    • You throw the ball from the 1st pawn to your teammate.
  • 3rd form
    • Sprint to the first pawn and backwards,
    • Sprint to the 2nd pawn and backwards,
    • Sprint to the 3rd pawn and backwards.
    • Sprint to the 4th pawn and backwards.
  • 4th form
    • Same as above but with the ball.

drawing Relay forms
  • Toss straight, further and further apart
  • Bouncing closer together again
  • Throwing high, jumping catch (with null pass) further and further apart
  • 2 Players pass the ball at a good pace
  • Players take turns trying to intercept and finish directly on goal. Do not stop, but continue directly at speed
  • Keepers spread out over 2 goals so that they can continue in quick succession.

drawing Intercept
  • Make a big circle with all players
  • Start with two balls and pass to each other, always skipping 1 person in the circle.
  • Always bring an extra ball into play.
  • Attention:
    • Good arm position,
    • Stand on the front feet, right leg in front.
    • Good catching with triangle behind the ball.
    • Good fit.