Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Cradling and Dodging

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Game, Skills

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To develop the skills of dodging and passing a defender.

Description of Drill-Execution

Lay out three consecutive 15-by-15-yard grids, with a goal cage at the end of the last grid. Each team consists of three players. One team is on defense with one player positioned to defend in each grid without a stick. The attack team players each have a ball and line up behind the grid farthest from the goal. Each attacker tries to successfully dodge the opponent within the 15-yard space to move onto the next defender. If the attacker does not drop the ball and gets through the grid, she scores one point for her team, and she gets an additional point if she scores a goal after the last grid. A dropped ball ends the scoring opportunity in that particular grid, but she may move onto the next grid to challenge the defender. After all attackers had had three tries through the grid to score points, the teams switch roles.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Dodging
  3. Strong and Weak Hand Play
  4. Cradling

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

Place a time limit on how long the player can be in each grid (5 seconds).  Allow defenders to play with sticks.