Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Blocking - Forcing

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Games, Skills

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To practice defensive positioning and intercepting passes while the ball is in flight.  This drill can teach players how to time interceptions and block to allow the defense to limit the risk of the play.

Description of Drill-Execution

Have two cones set up about 10 yards apart.  Each cone will have player on offense at the cone.  A defensive player will split the two players and stand in the middle about 5 yards away from each cone.  The players on offense will pass the ball back and forth on a direct straight passing line.  The defender will stay about 2 yards away from the passing alley and work on intercepting passes as they fly back and forth.  Each time the player makes and interception they will throw the ball back to the cones and keep going for 3 to 4 interceptions.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Positioning
  2. Defensive Footwork
  3. Blocking

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

To increase the difficulty for the offense, have the offense play with a defender directly in front of them that works to disrupt their initial passes.