Author Information

Author Name:

John Pirie

Author School:

The Governors School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Midfield, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




Teach players transition play in clearing and recovering on defense.

Description of Drill-Execution

This drill is designed to allow you to practice clearing by requiring at least one “over” or cross field pass by the clearing defenders(#1 - #4). Once the ball is cleared beyond the top of the box then the ball is thrown to the top opposite middie(#8 or #10). Offensive players will then attack in a 5v4 with Attack #5,6,7 (who have just been riding)and a middie from line #8 and line #10(one of which received the last “over” pass)against the three defensemen (#1,2,4) and an additional defensive SSM or LSM from line #9. When the last pass is made from the clearing defenseman to the opposite offensive middie there is a “fire” call for a turnover during a clear and the goalie and 3 defensemen have to pack into the hole fast.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Long Clears
  2. Slow Break Offense
  3. Defensive cuts

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

Offense is required to move the ball quickly and is only given 5-10 seconds to get a quality shot. Drill can be run at both ends of the field to maximize “touches” for all players.