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Features & Benefits
  • Improve your win percentage by picking up more ground balls than your opponent
  • Develop a team mentality in your athletes that they will pursue and fight for every ground ball
  • See a variety of non-contact skeleton drills and live contact drills to effectively teach the three phases of ground ball play
with John Danowski, Duke University Men's Lacrosse Coach;
Back-to-Back NCAA Champions (2014 & 2013);
3x NCAA Men's Champs! 2007 NCAA Runner-Up; 2007 ACC Coach of the Year; 3x ACC regular season and tournament champions, and over 300 career wins

Every ground ball has the potential to change the game, provide momentum for your team or deflate your opponent. Your players must develop the mentality that they will go after and fight for every ground ball.

2010 NCAA National Championship coach John Danowski teaches and demonstrates the importance of effort, technique and the three phases of ground balls.

Danowski delivers a combination of non-contact skeleton drills and live contact drills that work on these concepts while also simulating game situations. All drills are broken down into individual, group and team drills. Each position participates in every drill--offensive or defensive, to help develop a high lacrosse IQ.

Ground Ball Phases (important components)

  • Face-off (Wing Play) - Train your players to box out and pick up the ball on their right or left side, allowing them to get inside position no matter where the ball is located. Drills include the draw play drill and the box play drill.
  • Offensive End - Players must chase with two hands, move the ball off the ground, bust adjacent to the ball, and move the ball two times (make two passes to spread out the defense). All of this leads to swarming, which Coach Danowski explains and diagrams in detail. Live 2-on-1, 1-on-1 and skeleton swarming drills are demonstrated and explained on the offensive end.
  • Defensive End - All of your players must be alert for the ball at all times. Players must chase with two hands, give great effort, understand the 7-on-6 situation, run to daylight (run to the open area), turn away from pressure, put themselves in a good position at least 85% of the time, and breakout. A live half-field drill actively trains these fundamentals.
Having a great plan, great effort and great technique are key to chasing ground balls. Give your team an edge in picking up ground balls by implementing these proven ideas and drills into your program.

55 minutes. 2011.

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Ratings & Reviews

Aggressive Ground Ball Play
on January 24, 2012
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
4/5 Stars

by Anonymous

Liked the mindset of this DVD ... lots of great concepts ... need to implement more this year!!

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Aggressive Ground Ball Play
on December 27, 2011
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
2/5 Stars

by MikeElsberg613

I was looking forward to getting and watching this video with great anticipation as ground ball play is the main area I need to stress with my youth team. I was hoping to learn new insights and drills that I would enable me to progress from individual to group to team concepts in my practices. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed. Half of the video is spent with Coach Danowski at the white board talking to and writing down his philosophy on ground balls, most of which is pretty basic - things like using two hands, 'running to space', 'swarming'. He does talk to different GB situations on the face off, offense, and defensive end, but again, nothing earth shattering here. There is cutaway video showing a few (too few in my opinion) ground ball drills, but instead of describing the drills, the voice over by Coach D has him restating his philosophy. At the end he has a section on individual, group and team drills. I thought, "OK, he's going to go through a progression of drills." Unfortunatly, he only shows one drill. Coach D is a great coach, teacher and speaker, but I found this video to be extremely lacking, and definitely not worth the $39 I paid. I've purchased a large number of videos from Championship productions, and I'm sad to say, this will be the first one I return.

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