Author Information

Author Name:

Amy Altig

Author School:

Penn State University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Midfield, Defense

Drill Style:

Skills, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on multiple 1v1 challenges from a ground ball pick up, offensively and defensively.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by placing 1 ball at each of the hash marks on the 8-meter. A 1v1 will start inside the 8-meter, as the coach blows the whistle the attacker runs to a hash and picks up the ground ball. Once possession is gained the attacker goes 1v1 to goal. Whether there is a shot or save the attack must run to the next hash mark and picks up a ground ball for another 1v1 challenge. The attacker will continue to make her way around the 8-meter hashes going 1v1 each time.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Communication – where to force the attacker with the ball
  3. Ground Balls
  4. Shooting

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

You can change up the drill by only putting a couple of groundballs on 2 of the hash marks requiring the attacker to re-attack from the same angle.