Author Information

Author Name:

Adam Norton

Author School:

Jacksonville University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:


Drill Style:

Skill, Warm-Up, Conditioning

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To develop goalie reaction to shots with speed.

Description of Drill-Execution

The goalie is set up in the cage in ready position. The coach uses a tennis racquet and tennis balls to “shoot” at the goalie from 8-10 yards away. The coach should apply great velocity to the “shot”. This will help the goalie with reactions to real shots. Shots start high and gradually progresses lower and lower until eventually bounce shots are being given.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Stepping to the Ball
  2. Hand/Eye Coordination
  3. Consistent Positioning
  4. Tracking the Ball

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

Shoot so that the ball will bounce at the goalie. “Rapid Fire”, meaning a quick succession of shots. Shoot from multiple locations. Have goalies use a weighted attack stick instead of their goalie stick.