Author Information


Tim Flynn


Mountain Lakes High School, N.J.


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




Teaching players the basis of transition play on offense and defense.

Description of Drill-Execution

Lines 1, 3 and 5 are on offense and must pass the ball on way out & back to midline. Defensive lines # 2 & 4 must sprint to midline and drop to a stack in the hole area. Play out the 3 on 2.

Coaching Points – defense! Stress communication and tight stack, goalie directs slide. Pick up late, stay tight. Point man stops ball. Hole man goes to first pass.

Offense – stay spread. Draw and dump; great shooting drill.
Players rotate to right: younger grades = D lines are only D-men; HS players rotate to all lines.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:


  • Passing and catching on the run (offense must make good decisions with the ball and shoot well)
  • When attach runs in D-lines helps riding


  • Transition and communication (D start in tight and hold as long as possible
  • Sticks in passing lanes. Force as many passes as possible)

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

Can be done in smaller area. Great transition drill and conditioning.