Author Information

Author Name:

John Pirie

Author School:

The Governors School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Skill, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To teach players defensive positioning and recovery skills.

Description of Drill-Execution

Four offensive players (X) are set up in a box shape in front of the goal. A line of defenders (D) is positioned outside the box. The first player in line corners to the center cone and comes to meet the ball using correct technique. The player with the ball passes it to an adjacent offensive player, while the defensive player recovers to the cone and then re-addresses the new ball carrier. Each defensive player goes thru the four positions, then a new player comes into the center.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Footwork
  2. Defensive Body Positioning
  3. Sliding
  4. Stick Positioning

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

This drill can be run with youth players using a basketball instead of a lacrosse ball and sticks to pass around the perimeter.