Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Skill, Game

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To develop scooping up ground balls and passing skills under pressure.

Description of Drill-Execution

Three lines of players stand 5 yards apart. One line is the outlet “help” line, and the other two lines compete for possession of the loose ball. Coach stands in between the two lines and roll out a ground ball. The player that scoops the ball passes to the outlet, while the opponent plays defense. Each player goes to the end of his line. Instruct players to scoop through the ball and run away from pressure. They should protect their stick after scooping the ball by keeping their body between the defender and the stick.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Stick Protection
  3. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  4. Passing Under Pressure

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

You can switch the angle from where the ground balls are coming from, behind, in front, or off to the side.