Author Information

Author Name:

Lou Corsetti

Author School:

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Breakdown

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Defensive Skill

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To work on getting out to your attacker, breaking down, then coming back in and touching the bag.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by setting up 6 cones in a palm tree formation. A defender will come out and stand in front of the first cone. The coach will then call out cone positions and the defender will have to run to the cone that the coach calls out. The defender must sprint to each cone and when they gets there they must break down into a good defensive stance, throw a couple checks, and get their stick in the passing lane. The defender must then sprint to get back in front of the first cone. The player must work his way around to every cone.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Communication
  2. Defensive Breakdown
  3. Conditioning
  4. Footwork

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

You can require that when the defender goes to each cone they sprint, back pedal, or side shuffle back into the goal. In addition, you can require the defender to break down at a cone and then scoop up a ground ball and put it in the goal when they comes back in.