Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midifeld

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To develop defensive checking skills (poke and slap).

Description of Drill-Execution

Play 3v3 with the goalie in the cage. The offense works for a shot and the defender tries to force a turnover by using one of the two basic checks. Award the offense one point for a goal and the defense two points for each check that results in a turnover.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Communication – where to force the attacker with the ball
  2. Legal Checks (Poke, Slap)
  3. Denying cuts and passes defensively

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

Remove the goalie and shooting option. Have the offense try to maintain possession in the attack box while the defense tries to force a turnover.