Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To focus players on ground balls in game like situations.  The drill forces players to communicate, gain possession under pressure, and then go to goal.

Description of Drill-Execution

The coach will be at the top of the attack zone with a bucket of balls.

(2) Lines of players in white will be behind the cage with (2) lines of dark players.

The coach will roll out a ball and the first players in each line will go after the ground ball.  Players use man/ball communications to gain possession of the ball and then the team with the ball is on offense and the team without goes on defense.  The drill ends with a shot, save, or clear.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Communication
  3. Ball Movement
  4. Conditioning

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

Have the goalie clear all saves or goals back to the defensive team and work on re-breaking up the field after a player shoots.

Also, have the coach add players by yelling “plus 1” at random times to increase the 2 v 2, into a 3 v 3.