Author Information

Author Name:

Ted Garber

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Skill, Warm Up

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To develop offensive recognition skills.

Description of Drill-Execution

Player X1 starts with the ball and rolls it to self for a ground ball scoop. X2 chases X1 once scoop is made. X1 curls right or left and passes back to X3, who mirrors X1. X3 then rolls out a groundball for X2 to pick up. X2 passes back to x3 and the drill recycles with the next players in line, with X3 starting his own groundball.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Stepping into Passing Lanes
  3. Passing and Catching

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

Have the outlet pass step out to the opposite side of the defender. Add more pressure from the defender as players technique improves.