To improve on and off ball defensive positioning.
Description of Drill-Execution
Set up 5 cones in the shape of a pentagon about 10 yards apart. Have a sixth cone in the center of the drill. An offensive player and a defensive player stand at each of the 5 outside cones. Offensive players (X) are working on moving the ball and eventually trying to cut inside to touch the center cone. Defenders (D) must work on seeing both ball and player and keeping their sticks up in the passing lanes. They must constantly communicate with each other and anticipate passes, cuts, blocks and interceptions. As the drill progresses, defenders can work on double teaming and then re-setting as the ball is moved.
- Defensive positioning
- Correct defensive angles off-ball
- Effective defensive communication
- Proper stick positioning
- Sliding to teammates and double teaming
Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)
Have offensive players and defensive players switch positions so every player gets to work on all aspects of the drill.