Author Information

Author Name:

John Pirie

Author School:

The Governors School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Game, Skill

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To work on attacking the goal in unsettled situations created by a ground ball.

Description of Drill-Execution

This drill starts by splitting players into 2 teams and can be run using 2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 players on the field. The coach throws a ball onto the field as a contested ground ball. Whichever “color” pinnie player gains possession, gets an additional teammate creating an immediate advantage. Drill is continued until one team either scores or clears the box.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Riding and Clearing
  3. Unsettled Offense and Defense

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

Drill can be run as a progression starting with 4 players in the hole and gradually increasing the numbers as players learn the concepts. Can allow winner to always attack on offense or force defensive players to clear.