The hockey drill is an important exercise to run at any level as it reinforces hand-eye coordination, re-directing ground balls and individual ground ball skills.
The drill is conducted using a line of flat cones set out a few yards apart. One at a time, players work through the cones and push the ball back and forth up the field similar to a hockey player pushing a puck with their stick. After 10-15 yards, the player will then scoop up the ground ball and quickly deposit to a teammate down field.
This drill is also helpful for those awkward moments during a game when an opponent is closing in and a player doesn’t have time to scoop up the ball and pass off to a teammate. During game action, a player will typically only have time to push the ball up field once or twice, but the repetition of the drill makes those situations a lot easier to handle when the moment arises.