Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

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Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5-10 min

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Skill Level:

Basic, Can be progressed



This ground ball drill provides high repetitions, reinforces scooping under pressure, accelerating through the ball to avoid being checked by a chaser, and quickly passing to a teammate.

Drill Description

The player scooping the ball must remember to accelerate through the scoop to avoid being checked, bringing the stick to the face and cradling after the scoop, just like in a game.

Drill Execution

  • Player 1 is 5 yards ahead of Player 2. Coach is even with Player 2.
  • Coach rolls ball out to Player 1 who runs to scoop the ball, Player 2 chases Player 1.
  • Player 1 must scoop, turn correctly, and make an accurate pass to the Coach.
  • Player 2 tries to poke or better yet, lift the bottom hand of Player 1 to disrupt his scoop.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Scooping under pressure, protecting the ball, turning in the correct direction

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

  • Close the distance between the players so that Player 2 is more likely to get a check on Player 1.
  • Switch to the other side so players must scoop left-handed