Forwards need to make their runs before the ball is passed, but they must stay on sides too. Here is a great example of how to make the forward runs! Here is another good run from our own Amy Rodrigues. Notice how in both situations the run starts before the pass. This is key to every good run. Forward should NOT stand like the are about to start a race, they need to start the horizontal run before they go forward.
This means summer league. Summer league is when a few of the local high schools get together and play a short, informal season. The main purpose is to get the girls playing together before the highs school season. I have a good group of girls.
At a recent practice I tried to teach the girls about the end line cross. The practice started with a little power fitness, then crossing and finishing. I love to find videos that show what we are learning in a game setting. This is a good example of the end line cross by Spain. Plus, here is another example by Sweden. And another example by Japan.
For years there has been a debate about what is more important club or high school. As a club and high school coach I see both sides of the debate here, but I think this is a silly debate because it overlooks the research (coaches are notorious for going on hunches and not on research, which is why the book Moneyball was so innovative.)
These days it's not competitive ORhigh school, it's competitive AND high school. With the increasing levels of play within the United States, high school teams are to the point that if you don't play competitively you may not make the team and starting is out of the question. Further, you will limit your college opportunities without the added practice and play that comes from playing for both teams!