This is a full court drill with a keeper in each goal.
The drill requires a minimum of 12 field players and 2 goalies.
Goalies should have extra balls available to pass.
- 3 players in White Caps on the 2M ready to counter
- 2 players in Dark Caps on the 2M at the opposite end of the pool ready to defend.
- Extra players in Dark Caps in a line at the side of the pool, starting at half tank and extending away from the two players on defense
- Extra players in White Caps in a line at the side of the pool, starting at half tank and extending away from the 3 players in White Caps ready to counter.
The drill begins on the coaches whistle.Three White Cap players counter towards the opposite end of the pool and receive an outlet pass from the goalie. After all three players have crossed half tank, a Dark Cap player at the front of his line may enter play, by swimming to mid-pool and then trailing the counter attack. This sets up a 3-on-2 Counter with a defender trailing. (At the same time that the 3 White Cap players cross half-tank, the first 2 players in the White Cap line enter play by swimming to the end they’re teammates just left and prepare to play defense.)
When the White team attempts a shot (whether it scores or not), or loses the ball, or if they fail to maintain an advantage on the attack, The coach should blow the whistle, and the 3 Dark Cap players who were defending will immediately counter to the opposite end of the pool. (Where the next 2 White Cap players are already waiting.) The 3 White Cap players that just countered go to the end of their teams line. When all three Dark Cap players have crossed half tank, the next White Cap player in the White Cap line becomes the defensive trailer by swimming to mid-pool and chasing the counter.
(At the same time, the next two players in the Dark Cap in-line go to their defensive end and await the next White Cap counter attack.)
At the conclusion of the Dark Cap teams 3-on-2 Counter, the 3 Dark Cap players go to the end of their line and the 3 White Cap players proceed to counter. The drill continues as long as the coach allows.
Players should be instructed to work for a counter goal, if the defense is able to stop the counter by matching up with the offensive team, the coach should blow the whistle to simulate an offensive turn-over and keep the progression of counter attacks moving.
Coaches can instruct the defenses to press, stunt, drop back. The drill can become a competition by keeping count of each teams goals or steals.