The Stick Work Inside the Center Circle Drill is a great warm-up drill that focuses on improving stick work and quick decision-making. This drill demands that players have their eyes up, so they can see open players to pass to as well as anticipate a pass coming to them. This drill can also be used to improve conditioning.

The drill takes place inside the center circle on a women’s lacrosse field. Unlike many stick work warm-up drills that focus on passing with one partner, this drill is more game-like, with players constantly changing who they pass to and receive the ball from, and moving to get free for another pass.

Skill Level: Basic

Time: 10 minutes

Theme: Cradling and Dodging


  • Set up with 14-18 players inside the center circle. Begin with one ball between every two players.
  • On the coach’s whistle, players begin moving and passing to teammates inside the center circle. The primary rule is that when you receive a ball, you cannot return the ball to the person who passed it to you.
  • Players must have their eyes up, looking to pass the ball to someone else. This forces the player receiving the ball to look up, see the field and anticipate the open player.
  • If a player does not have the ball, she wants to pop toward a player with the ball to receive a pass.
  • There should be constant movement in this drill. Your players must also secure the ball after catching and control the ball during confusion.

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