Author Information

Author Name:

John Piper

Author School:

Manchester Valley High School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To teach player the skill of groundball pick ups on both sides.  The drill allows for pressure and disguised conditioning.

Description of Drill-Execution

Groups of 5 (6 max). Players 1 & 2 are 5 yards from line with ball between them and sticks crossed over ball. Player 3 runs thru ball, rolls out passes to 1. 2 goes to end of line. Repeat. Do right then left.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Scooping GB
  2. Circle wide make quick pass
  3. Be a need bender, get low, explore turn

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

Cover 1: No pressure, working on form, they need to circle wide

Cover 2: Pressure from behind - 3 scoops ball with 4 trailing poke back hand, put pressure so 3 has to move to make good pass to 1. 2 moves to end of line. Repeat until everyone had gone using both hands

Cover 3: Pressure (double) from behind - 3 scoops ball with 4 and 5 chasing double pressure. 3 must get open to pass to 1. Follow same rotation as in Cover 1 & Cover 2). Repeat until everyone has gone using both hands).

Cover 4: Pressure with shut off - 3 scoops ball with 4 giving pressure. 2 tries to shut off 1 (deny pass). 1 must move off ball to get pass

Cover 5: Pressure double (with shut off) - Same as above but 4 and 5 double 3 while 2 tries to shut off

**Additional Notes** In 10 min/15 min you have worked GB under pressure, worked on doubling the ball, worked on shutting off a player and worked on getting open. There is not much time to play grab but in line = disguised conditioning. Give the players a set rotation. Outlet should put ball down to set up next run. Everyone needs to move to get back in place.