Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To focus players on ground balls in game like situations.  The drill forces players to communicate, gain possession under pressure, and then go to goal.

Description of Drill-Execution

The coach will be at the top of the attack zone with a bucket of balls.

(2) Lines of players in white will be behind the cage with (2) lines of dark players.

The coach will roll out a ball and the first players in each line will go after the ground ball.  Players use communications to indicate possession of the ball and then the team with the ball is on offense and the team without goes on defense.  The drill ends with a shot, save, or clear.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Communication
  3. Ball Movement
  4. Conditioning

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

Have the goalie clear all saves or goals back to the defensive team and work on re-breaking up the field after a player shoots.

Also, have the coach add players by yelling “plus 1” at random times to increase the 2 v 2, into a 3 v 3.