Blocking - Forcing
To practice defensive positioning and forcing when playing a ball carrier from up top to direct ball carrier down the alley, or to the backline (GLE). Blocking is added as the ball carrier shots on goal.
Description of Drill-Execution
Have two cones set up above the 12-meter arc. Each cone will have a set of offense and defense. The player on offense takes the ball and drives to goal. The defender is focused on riding the player down the alley and forcing them to a low angle shot. Blocking comes into play when the ball carrier goes to shoot on goal; the defender wants to extend their stick to block the shot on goal.
Have two lines of this drill going at a time.
- Defensive Positioning
- Defensive Footwork
Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)
To increase the difficulty for defenders, challenge them to perform the same drill without sticks or by starting on one knee – to force them to sprint to catch up to the player on offense.