Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drill

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Game, Skill

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To improve on ball and off ball defensive positioning, including approaching ball carrier and recovering to ‘hole’ in good ‘help’ position after a pass is made.

Description of Drill-Execution

Attack X1 and X2 bring the ball down the field.  Defense D1 and D2 try to play them both as long as possible.  When the free player gets to the X3 area, D2 picks up the free player.  Recovering defense is sprinting back to pick up A3 or whatever attack player is free.  Communication is key in this drill.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive positioning
  2. Defensive footwork
  3. Communication

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

Expand the drill by adding 2 more players.  Have an attacker and defender set up behind the cage and off to the side.  Start with the ball behind the cage and have defenders double the ball behind.