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Monkey in the Middle

Set up: Two lines roughly 15’ apart.  Drill is done in groups of 3 with defender in the middle.   

Movement: One line passes to their partner in other line.  Defender will turn and close out (sprint then breakdown).  Once defender is in position after closeout, offensive player will work through passing progressions while defense mirrors the ball with active hands.  Pass and repeat several times then rotate. 

Key Focus Points: Good close outs with active hands and talking on defense (“Ball, ball, ball”). Strong passes through pressure and hitting target with accuracy.  Working on strong ball fakes.