What would you rater have on your team someone that shoots the ball really hard but can’t control it or some that doesn’t have the shot speed and can put the ball where ever he wants every time he shoots?
I would take accuracy every time at the high school level. Why? Because the easy answer is that goalies make mistakes. I would much rather have the ball be somewhere on the net then and have a chance to score. Listen I’m all for shot speed but, not at the expense of accuracy.
Last year we had extra time to warm up before a game. I was shooting with a player that was new to the team that year. I didn’t know if I wanted to play him at attack or middie. He had been playing middie. As we were shooting I tried to call my shot by picking a corner. Then we started to play P-I-G. After a while I won, I told him you can’t score unless it is on the net. He agreed. Then during the game, I played him at attack and he scored. Let me tell you it was a bad shot and the goalie just missed it. I talked to him after about it. And he said “coach you were right, get it on net right where I wanted it to go”. I was shocked he scored on that shot, but it was on net. Goalies make mistake just like every other player. So, speed doesn’t matter like accuracy.
So the next time you practice aim for the corners. Once you can hit them every time, show your teammates. They will be jealous, trust me. I once told my team I was going to hit the top-right corner and I did. It happened to be the first time I shot in front of them. I earned their respect right way, from that accuracy shooting display. It felt pretty good. So, take the same pride and passion in you accuracy as you do the rest of you game.
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