Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Stick Work

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on cradling skills.

Description of Drill-Execution

Play 1v1 in a 15-by-15 yard box. Several boxes can be set up within the penalty box to enable four groups to work at the same time. Start the game by tossing the ball to one of the players. He is to protect the ball by running and cradling. He must work to keep his stick to the outside, with his body between the defender and the ball. Award one point if the player is able to cradle the ball for 10 seconds without dropping it.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Cradling
  3. Stick Work
  4. Stick Protection

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

You can make the box area bigger. You can require the defender to play without a stick. Also you can make the ball carrier switch to his non-dominant hand.