Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:


Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5-10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:

Basic, Can be progressed



This drill is meant to be done in pairs, providing a high number of repetitions, and reinforces scooping and quick passing to teammates.

Drill Description

  • Coaches must stress to the players that they go slowly enough so that their technique is perfect. This drill is meant to reinforce the fundamentals, not just “kill time”.
  • Bring stick to face and cradle after the scoop, just like in a game.
  • To avoid confusion, we suggest that they do all 3 ground balls right handed for a turn, and then left-handed for the next turn. Alternating each time.

Drill Execution

  • Players pair off and stand on the sideline. Player 1 gently rolls the ball out towards the opposite sideline.
  • Player 2 runs and scoops it, turns in the correct arc, makes an accurate pass to Player 1, and runs back to tap the sideline/ground near Player 1’s foot with his stick.
  • This is repeated until Player 2 has scooped it 3 times, then the players switch positions.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Scooping
  2. Protecting the ball
  3. Quick passing off of a ground ball
  4. Turning in the proper direction (away from pressure)
  5. Conditioning

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

  • Pick up the pace so there is more conditioning