If you're always training alone, how are you developing your off ball skills?
And before you mention it, a bounce back is a poor man's version of a teammate.
It's not going throw you an authentic pass.
It's not going to help you build chemistry with a teammate.
It's not going to be excited for you when you have a break through moment or encourage you when you're down.
Quite frankly, there really aren't that many bounce backs on local fields.
So, you need to train with teammates. But, you don't need to practice 7 yard step downs from the middle of the field.
You need to replicate game like scenarios.
Why? Because there are 6 people on the field and only 1 ball. Which means 5 out of 6 people need an understanding of how to play without the ball.
If you're always practicing with the ball in your stick, you're never practicing how to move without the ball to support your teammate. You're never practicing how to catch the ball. You're never practicing what to do next after you catch the ball.
Switch to the defensive side of the ball.
Poles touch the ball even less during the course of a game than a short stick.
The occasional times they do handle a ball are throwing or catching a cross field pass. How do you practice those during a wall ball session? You need a teammate to huck those fifty yard passes.
If 5 out of 6 offensive guys are off ball, or 83% of the offense, then 5 out of 6 defensive guys are also off ball.
If you only have 1 offensive player to practice with, it might be a better idea to work through more slide and showing reps than on ball cover reps.
I heard a story about teams sending their attackman to the crease so D1 pole commit was forced to be the slide instead of being the shut down cover man he wanted to be. As a result he was very aggressive to slide and it screwed up their packages.
You have to smart to play defense. You have to practice being off ball.
As we get half way through August and fall ball draws closer, be diligent about reaching out to teammates.
That's what leaders do.
That's what smart people do.
You can't reach your full potential alone.