Kelly Amonte Hiller is quite simply a legend. Over the last seven years (2005-11), she has amassed a record of 147 wins and only 7 losses - a winning percentage of 95.4 percent. During that run her Wildcats have appeared in the NCAA final all seven seasons, winning the title six times (2005-2009, 2011) - that includes two undefeated seasons (2005, 2009), and has coached 28 All-Americans and three Tewaaraton Trophy winners.
Her success as a player and coach has been achieved through her commitment, hard work, innovation, and positive approach to teaching the sport of lacrosse. Coach Amonte Hiller is renowned for being on the leading edge of coaching techniques.
Now, for the first time ever, Coach Amonte Hiller opens her practices to you, allowing you watch three Northwestern lacrosse practices as though you were sitting on sidelines. You will get a first-hand look at the practices, drills and training techniques that make the Northwestern Wildcats a national title contenders year-in and year-out.
Practice Day 1, Multi-Station Situation Drills / Weight RoomCoach Amonte Hiller introduces her positive coaching techniques and discusses her strategy for designing the team's practice. The team runs through a quick succession of warm-up drills that focus on stick and footwork skills with a conditioning element added. She then divides the team into groups that run through multi-station drills in 7 minute segments that focus on individual skills like stick work, ground balls, transitional play, feeding, shooting, faking and 1-on-1 defense. Each skill is taught and practiced in a way that is directly transferable to the field of play. All these drills are designed not only to increase individual skills, but also to improve conditioning.
Practice is followed by a workout with the team's strength and conditioning coach. The Wildcats are put through a strenuous workout regiment that includes free weights, medicine balls, and resistance bands.
Practice 2: Transition Drills / Alternative WorkoutDay 2 starts with another strength and conditioning workout. Modeled on a boxer's training routine, this workout helps build upper body and core strength, while integrating a tough cardio regime. Amonte Hiller uses these techniques to increase the hand-eye coordination and conditioning of her players. In addition, the players engage in stationary cycling to improve conditioning and strengthen leg muscles.
During the practice session on the field, Amonte Hiller has the players work in larger groups in order to build settled and unsettled concepts. The primary focus is to get the group of individuals to work together as a team.
Practice 3: Stickwork and Defensive WorkIn the final practice session, Coach Amonte Hiller brings together the lessons of the week, focusing again on stick skill development, working on groundballs, reinforcing defensive concepts on double teams and footwork, and practicing draws. Drills are designed to force partners to constantly communicate in order to be successful. More emphasis is placed on defense, draws, and unbalanced and transitional play. The coaches work on these skill sets both in the team setting and in the small group setting to maximize the number of repetitions for each player.
Finally, the Wildcats head back to the weight room for another round with the free weights and medicine balls. Here the players go through a different set of innovative lifts and movements designed to prevent injury, improve strength, and increase the conditioning level.
This video will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the best all-around coaches in college sports. There are over 4 hours of practice footage where Coach Amonte Hiller practices her craft. Her innovative concept drills are designed to progressively build toward full-field game play. By reducing larger full game concepts into smaller pieces, players are able to successfully build on basic fundamental skills. The concept drills are designed to focus player and coaching efforts on mastering ever increasing skills developed through individual commitment and encouragement from peers in a team-learning environment. Several different evolutions of station drills combine to fully engage player participation and maximize practice time.
This is a complete system that can be used to elevate individual players performance and transform individuals into efficient, confident and successful team players.
229 minutes (3 DVDs). 2012.
As a new coach to see inside the practices of a top tier program is invaluable. The drill ideas and their progressions were especially helpful.
This is a great series, three days of Northwestern practices showing their practices, strength and conditioning and their use of 7 minute drills to keep things moving on the practice field. All of this benefits the viewers who get insight into the best women's program and loads of drills and pointers throughout.
Definitely one to own
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