Author Information

Author Name:

Joe Ernst

Author School:

Southwestern University (TX)


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ball Movement

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Skill, Game

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




The objective of the Off the Ground Drill is to get the ball off the ground on a wing and move the ball and work on game situation passing, alley dodges, and roll backs for a shot.

Description of Drill-Execution

Coach rolls ball down the alley for wing to scoop. Wing immediately drives up the alley and moves the ball to a top middie who alley dodges a “dummy” defensive player or coach. That dodger will roll away from “pressure” and passes to a following top mid who will immediately re-dodge the weak side “dummy” defense or coach for a shot.  After 5 minutes go  on the reverse side.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. GB’s
  2. Passing
  3. Dodging
  4. Roll back/cross body pass
  5. Re-dodging
  6. Shooting

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

Change the number of passes, add an extra defender and work on a chasing double team, or vary the number of player on offense and work a stall for a set time period.