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Men’s Drill of the Month: Hopkins Up and Over Shooting

March 21, 2014    6499 Views

TJ Buchanan | @usltjbuchanan

Men's Drill of the Month: Hopkins Up and Over

David Guralnick

The Hopkins Up and Over Drill is excellent for teaching players ball movement, positioning and shooting. The objective is to get the ball from a low wing area, up and across the field for a dodge to a shot on goal.

Theme: Shooting
Field Position: Offense
Drill Style: Skills
Time Needed: 10 minutes
Field Location: Half field
Skill Level: Advanced


  • Set up three lines with a cone in front of each. One line will be three yards behind goal line extended, one line will be directly in line at the top of the attack zone, and the other at the top of the attack zone on the other side.
  • The balls will be at the bottom line, and that player will dodge inside and then bounce back out before they feed to the top line.
  • The top line will catch and move the ball right away (“one more”) to the opposite field line.
  • The third line will catch the feed, drive and dodge off a cone for a shot on the run.
  • Players rotate clockwise to where they throw, and keep moving in a rapid-fire rotation.

Men's Drill of the Month: Hopkins Up and Over Diagram

Skills Practiced

  • Ball movement
  • Feeding
  • Shooting


  • To vary the drill, be sure to change sides. You may also designate the final shooter each time, or even add defense to the drill to make things harder. Add your goalies into the cage to take rapid-fire shots.

TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse. Suggest topics for future coaching blog posts in the comments section.

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