A defender’s individual approach and body positioning are key skills for a strong team defense. Phil Barnes is the Assistant Coach on the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team, led by Head Coach Jenny Levy. In this segment Coach Barnes has his players work to improve their approach.
Drill Setup: This drill is setup with 2 players, a defender and an attacker, a goal and 3 cones that form a large triangle or the “roof of the defense.” This roof, helps the defender follow a path to force the ball carrier away from the middle of the 8m and 12m arch, and down the wing to a less threatening area.
Athlete Movement: To start the drill, the attacker will receive the ball and the defender will perform a “J” to gain good positioning on the ball carrier. The ball carrier will then attempt to work their way to the front of the goal challenging the defender. With good positioning, the defender forces the ball carrier around the 3 cones or “over the top of the roof” and down to a less threatening area. The ball carrier has the option to change direction a few times to challenge the defender’s stance.