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Stop Low Shots Using This Wall Ball Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lehigh University assistant coach Errol Wilson provides a drill that goalies can use both indoors and outdoors to work on defending against low shots. Wilson’s innovative drills give coaches a way to train their goalies despite weather or field availability. Lehigh goalies used techniques like this to help the Mountain Hawks hold their opponents to an average of three fewer goals scored per game in 2014.

Heels Up

Drill Summary: For this drill, you will need to mark off a “goal” on the wall (if you’re using one) to defend prior to beginning. To start, the goalie raises their heels off the ground so they are standing on the balls of their feet. If you are using a wall, have the goalie put their heels against the wall. The coach fires low shots toward the goal, and the goalie must use a “squat to lunge” technique to make the save. After making the save, the goalie passes back to the coach and the drill continues. Gradually increase shot speed as the goalie warms up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Rebounds aren’t as important, just focus on using the right technique.
2) Stickhead touches the ground if the ball hits the ground.
3) Avoid burying your head into your chest.
4) Watch the ball into your stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Innovative Wall Ball Drills for Goalies.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn a Fun Stick Protection and Ball Control Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Get competitive in this exciting drill from University of Virginia assistant coach Tim McDermott that works on scooping up and controlling balls while getting bumped by other players. In this exercise, players race to beat their opponents to see who can gather up the most balls while working on popping up from the ground.

Hungry Hungry Fogos

Drill Summary: This drill is for a small group of players. Set up by placing about 15 balls (for three players) in a pile and putting a bag or other container about five yards away. Players start on their backs to begin. After the coach blows the whistle, players jump up, retrieve the balls with their sticks and put them into the container. Players must get on their backs again after putting each ball into the container. Once all the balls are collected, count up who got the most.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Protect the balls.
2) Swat at other players’ sticks and get into them with your body.
3) Good scooping technique.
4) Conditioning.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Aggressive Face-offs: How to Win Every Draw.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Simulate a Ride Trap in the Midfield with This Double-Team Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stanford University head women’s coach Amy Bokker uses the defensive fast break double-team drill to prepare her middies to both execute and escape from a midfield trap. In this drill, players learn to control and dictate the movement of opposing attackers using body positioning, stick positioning and footwork.

Defensive Fast Break Double-Team Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with any number of players inside the restraining line (even number of attackers and defenders) and a goalie. A coach is near the midfield line with a ball, and three midfielders are at the bottom of the circle. To begin, the coach rolls the ball away from the drill and the three middies fight to gain possession of the ball. The player who gets the ball is then double-teamed by the two players who didn’t get the ball, and the player with possession must fight to get the ball past the offensive 30 yard line. After passing that line successfully, the two players double-teaming let up, and the middie joins the attackers inside the restraining line in trying to score against the defense.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Work hard to double-team the ball.
2) Turn the player with the ball.
3) Stick protection on offense.
4) Cuts to the goal inside the restraining line.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “‘Take Charge’ Defensive Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Strengthen Your Team’s Individual Defense with this 1-on-1 Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Train your athletes to be better individual attackers and defenders with this drill from University of Colorado head women’s coach Ann Elliot. Coach Elliot loves to run this drill because it strengthens players’ footwork, conditioning and mentality in a difficult situation.

1-on-1 Restraining Line

Drill Summary: Before beginning, set up a line of cones about ten yards off the sideline to use as a boundary (this can be a line already on the field if there is one available). The goalkeeper starts with the ball in the net, with a defender in the drill boundary directly across from the goalie and an attacker ready to re-defend. The goalie sends a clearing pass to the defender, who then must advance the ball to a line about 30-50 yards down the field (could be the restraining line). Once the player with the ball reaches that line, they must make a clean pass to another player who is waiting on the other side of the line. The person guarding the ball tries to force the offense to the outside of the field, create turnovers or cause a bad pass. If the defender creates a turnover or forces a bad pass, the defense gets a point. If the offensive player steps outside of the drill boundaries, it counts as a turnover.

Keys to the Drill:

1) On offense, use whatever individual moves you have.
2) On defense, focus on staying in front of the offensive player.
3) Good footwork.
4) Maintain composure.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drill Progressions for Developing Team Defense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn a Face-Off Tactic with this Drill from Duke University!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Duke University assistant coach Ron Caputo shares one of the drills that he and head coach John Danowski use to control as many face-offs as possible. The Dead Stick drill is a precision drill that requires players to use sound technique to make sure they retain possession of a face-off.

Dead Stick

Drill Summary: Two players get in a stance as though they were about to face-off. The first player’s job is to clamp the ball, put it between their legs and behind them on the ground, stay in the crab walk position when turning around (with their butt and back to the other player) and corral the ground ball. The second player assumes the face-off position, but doesn’t try to steal the ball until the first player puts it on the ground behind them. Another variation of this drill is to have the second player stand up at the start instead of getting in the face-off position. This forces the first player to explode out of their stance and concentrate on boxing out.

Keys to the Drill:

1) First player’s chest should be directly opposite the second player after the turn.
2) Exaggerate putting the other player on their back.
3) Get big on the box out.
4) Practice jamming.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Face Offs: Drills and Strategies.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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