Purpose

In addition to keeping the ball away from defenders, players also work on stopping the ball at the end line and keeping it from going out of bounds on the sidelines.

Drill Setup

  • Mark off an area about 15 yards wide by 25 yards long. Then mark off a second area 15 yards wide and 5 yards long in the middle.
  • Players with balls line up at the each side of the larger zone.
  • Two defenders start inside the middle zone.
Players work on stopping the ball, keeping it inbound and also dribbling past defenders.

How it Works

  1. Coach blows his whistle.
  2. Players try to dribble from one end line to the other.
  3. When they pass through the 5-yard zone in the middle, coaches and/or other players try to steal their ball.
  4. Run the drill for 10 minutes.

Coaching Tips

  • Describe this drill as the dogs versus the dog catchers. The players with balls are the dogs and the coaches or other players without balls in the 5-yard zone are dog catchers. The 5-yard zone is the dog pound and players try to make it through without getting caught by the dog catchers.
  • Players should be using the inside and outside of the foot to keep the ball inbounds long the sidelines.
  • They should be stopping the ball with the bottom of their foot to keep it from going over the end line.