|Becoming a Premier Attacker by Tony Azevedo|
In my opinion the six most important tools that a player must develop in order to become a premier attacker are as follows:
The first would be ball handling, you must be able to control the ball at all times, whether you are under pressure or not. This can be done through lots of passing and playing with a ball at home.
Next, I would say that quickness is a key tool to have. In order for you to get away from someone stronger or get your arm open for a shot you have to be quick. Their are many short sprinting things you could do for this.
Strength is another important aspect. Weights or simply push ups at home will allow just the right amount of strength that will increase shot velocity, quickness, speed and getting open.
For me the most important aspect is game awareness. You must be able to know when the right time is to do something, whether it is getting your teammate open or simply taking the ejection. I would recommend watching video and many games as well as constantly asking questions when you are around upper level athletes.
Anticipation is another important tool. Their are many people out their who are fast in swim sets but they never get open in the game. This is because they do not anticipate. This tool comes from game awareness as well as constantly watching the game and making your decisions beforehand.
The last tool for an attacker would be creativity. This does not mean taking weird shots or no look passes, but constantly trying new things and not being afraid to take that chance. Their are many big fast people out their but what separates the best from the rest is what they bring to the game. Creative players bring many new aspects almost every practice.
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