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 around the goal. A goalie and a defender will step out with the goalie in the goal and the defender in front. The goalie will then call out cone positions and the defender will have to run to the cone that the goalie calls out. The defender must sprint to each cone and when he gets there they must break down into a good defensive stance, throw a couple checks, and get his stick in the passing lane. The defender must then sprint to get back in front of the goal. The player must work their way around the whole circle.

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.