Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Skill, Warm-Up

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




This drill helps players understand body awareness, how to lower your levels, and fight for a groundball. But most importantly after scooping the ball, run away from pressure.

Description of Drill-Execution

Thanks to Matt Hogan of Hogan Lax for this great drill – the “Butt to Butt Drill”

This drill is a 2 man drill that has both players standing back to back with a ball between them on the ground.  On the first whistle the players try and back up and get themselves over the ball and in position to play the ball.  Then the coach will blow the second whistle and the players may then kick the ball out and pick the ball up and get away from pressure.  In the video you will see how the ball is between players on the ground and how a player can benefit from using their feet and creativity to get the ball in a location that will allow them a successful ground ball pick up.  Please go to the following link to see the video on Hogan Lax, https://www.hoganlax.com/butt-to-butt.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Stick Checking

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

Add a third player as an outlet pass, and after the ball is picked up by one of the two players fighting for the ball, then the third player will break out and receive the pass as an outlet.