Author Information


Matt Hogan


Annapolis Hawks


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Slides and Crashing

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Skill, Conditioning

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on defensive positioning in the attack zone.

Description of Drill-Execution

Defensive players are in one line starting on the bottom left cone. At the coach’s signal, they approach the top cone and address coach as if he were a dodger. The players then recover to the crease cone.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Positioning
  2. Defensive Recovery
  3. Defensive Footwork

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

Allow attackman and midfielders to participate to simulate the encounter with dodgers (ie: riding for attackman). Increase speed of drill as players become better at positioning. Approach from both sides to simulate defensive sliding from multiple angles.