Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Clears

Field Position:

Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Games

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:

Intermediate

 

Objective

To work on crashing on an 8-meter free position to gain possession and clearing the ball quickly for fast offensive transition.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start with 1 attacker lined up for an 8-meter free position shot, on any hash with 5 defenders surrounding. The defenders should line up as follows. 1 defender behind the shooter, 2 defenders on either side of the shooter, and 2 defenders low towards the goal circle. The attacker goes to goal on the whistle and all the defenders crash, while the defender behind breaks for a long clear if there is a Goalie save. Another defender runs behind the cage if there happens to be a missed shot. If there is a save, the Goalie then hits the defender who has cut long, hopefully creating a fast break opportunity. If the attacker scores, a new attacker enters and picks any hash on the 8-meter arc.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Crashing on Attacker
  2. Angles of Cutting for Goalie Clears
  3. Fast Breaks
  4. Rebounding Off Shots

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

You can add additional attackers to the low crease to provide for a pass option on the 8-Meter.

Also an attacker could be added to the Goalie and defender for the long clear to make the connection more challenging.

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