This competitive, multipurpose drill will give every player work on Dodging, individual man-on-man Defense and experience carrying the ball under pressure. Plus, it's a great way for coaches to teach parts of the Clear and Ride, all at the same time.
One of our favorite Dodging Drills, "Revenge" gives each player the chance to carry the ball against 1-on-1 pressure, and Defend another player carrying the ball.
The first part of the drill is Clearing & Riding, then the same players switch for the second part and it becomes a drill for Dodging & Defending. It's called "Revenge" because players have to play the opposite role against the same guy.
This drill is great for conditioning and dodging, defensive positioning and footwork, and stick skills and protection. You can use this drill any day at practice, no matter what level you coach.
Here's THE DRILL:
Set up a goal at one end of the field. Split your team into two lines and place a line in each "Alley" outside the box, facing up from the endline. Give balls to both lines.
Figure 1. Start with two players from each line. The first player in each line (Blue 1 & 2) will turn around and Ride against the second player in each line (Red 1 & 2) who are trying to Clear the ball past the restraining line. Only one side of the field goes at a time.
When coach blows the whistle, Defender Red 1 will run the ball past the restraining line and past Attacker Blue 1. All your players should be comfortable carrying the ball against 1-on-1 coverage. Blue 2 and Red 2 will wait for the second whistle.
- Move players quickly through the drill to keep it fast-paced and competitive!
- Keep the ball out of the middle of the field. Riding players should push Clearing players toward the sideline and out of bounds, while Defenders need to push Dodgers down the Alley to take away good shots in front of the goal.
- Keep the intensity up in your drills by keeping time and keeping score for each round. The losing team should do some full-field sprints, hill sprints, Up Downs, Push Ups, etc.
- 1-on-1 "Revenge" Drill w/ Ground Ball: Start by throwing a ground ball to the player who is Clearing or Dodging.
- 2-on-2 Dodge and Slide Drill: This drill will help players practice dodging and defensive positioning.
- 4-3 “43” Clear: The Punt Return: This clearing drill will teach players to run the ball down field the old fashioned way.