Spirals Warm Up Drill

0 - Published January 18, 2013 by in High School, Youth

This drill combines movement and concentration, so I’d use it as a warm up drill to get concentration and focus up, then move into something a bit more creative, such as 3v3 keep-away in a box. Not only do players need to be warmed up in body, but also in mind; drills should have a purpose on both a physical and mental level to ensure a proper warm up.

Why this drill is cool, technical and applicable:

  • Players move their feet while passing and throwing
  • Players catch moving towards the ball, as well as while cutting to the side
  • Players pass head on, as well as have to lead someone
  • Players need to concentrate on their next movement while doing it in their own way
  • Players must stay in tune with their teammates in regards to timing

Here’s how the drill works:


Players 4, 5 and 6 on the outside all have balls in their sticks.

Players 1, 2 and 3 will initiate the drill by beginning their cuts. You’ll notice their are six cones on the inside ring; one cone is where the inside player will cut to and the other is where they will cut from.

2 cuts towards 4. 4 passes to 2.

1 cuts towards 6. 6 passes to 1.

3 cuts towards 5. 5 passes to 3.

Note: this is the only time the outside line will be standing still, when you start the drill.


Now, players 1, 2 and 3 each have a ball.

After players 4, 5 and 6 pass the ball, they should immediately cut in the opposite rotational direction of the inside players. (If inside moves counter-clockwise, then outside moves clockwise, and vice versa.

As 4 cuts, 2 passes to 4.

As 5 cuts, 3 passes to 5.

As 6 cuts, 1 passes to 6.

Although this is a second step to the drill, players should remain in motion the entire drill.


Players 4, 5 and 6 now have each a ball.

Players 1, 2 and 3 are resetting to a cone from where they will start their next cut to receive the ball.

This is just showing the transition step.


Step 2A, above, is how the drill continues on.

3 cuts to 6. 6 passes to 3, while moving.

1 cuts to 4. 4 passes to 1, while moving.

2 cuts to 5. 5 passes to 2, while moving.

After this, please continue on to 2B, which will mimic the motions of step B above. I’d love to see this in action! Can’t wait to bring it out on the field this spring for some hypnotizing warm ups.

ADD TO THIS DRILL: this drill can be sized up to work with 8, 10, 12, etc. players; it will just get bigger! The initial concept was thought up around 12 players; make sure to switch directions and also from inside to outside.


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