Blocking - Forcing
To practice defensive positioning and forcing at the Goal Line Extended when playing a ball carrier from behind.
Description of Drill-Execution
Start a line of defenders and a line of “dummy” attack players on the end line behind the goal. On a coach’s whistle, the first attacker drives in her right hand towards the right side of the goal. The first defender beats her to a spot at the GLE, wheels her hips around, and turns the player on offense back towards X. The attacker rolls back, goes through X, and then drives in her left hand towards the left side of the goal. Again, the defender beats her to a spot at the GLE, wheels her hips around, and turns the player on offense back towards X. This pattern repeats itself until the defender has successfully turned her player back twice on each side. Then, players rotate positions. Be sure your players on defense understand that they must be fast and beat the player on offense to the back of the crease, so they do not end up on the back side of the player on offense, because our defense may not step in the crease. The defender, if they slip or are slow, may need to totally give up on the crease force and roll around the crease to meet the defender on the other side, if she can not beat the player on offense to the back of the crease circle, and force that player out wide.
- Checks and Holds
- 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 with short sticks. To increase the difficulty further, increase the pace at which the dummy attack player runs. To increase the challenge even further, increase the time or number of repetitions that defenders play each time. Also run live 1v1 from X to simulate game conditions. *Can add a Crease A/Crease D to practice turning back dodging attacker and sliding from the crease.