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Key Back Exercises for Lacrosse Players!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, presents two back strength drills that will help increase the power and balance of the upper body. Coach Markovcy shows you an exercise that can be done solo, and another that athletes can pair up and complete with a partner.

Upper Body – Back

Drill Summary: There are two main exercises presented in the video.

1. Tug o’ War Row: Partners stand about two yards apart, facing each other. Both athletes grip a towel with each hand. Standing straight up, one athlete pulls the towels toward their body while their partner pulls back, providing some resistance. Go back and forth with each athlete switching roles. Do about five reps.

2. 3-Point Row: Bend over with one hand on a bench, with the lower back concave and a slight bend in the knees. From that position, grip the weight and pull it up until the elbow reaches the midline of the body. Work both sides of the body. As athletes become better with this, you can advance to the “Floor Row” progression. For the Floor Row, get in a push-up position and roll the hips as you pull up the weight to counter the weight.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pull from back, not from biceps.
2) Elbow should come back to the middle of the body.
3) Posture.
4) Breathing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Strength and Power Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Teach Youth Players to Cradle the Ball!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One of the first skills that youth lacrosse players must learn is how to cradle the ball correctly. In this exercise, former New Jersey high school Coach of the Year, Beth Larkin, shows a few young athletes where to put their hands, where to carry the ball and how to move their sticks.


Drill Summary: To cradle, a player’s bottom hand needs to be in the bottom six inches of the handle, while their top hand needs to be about 12-15 inches up the handle. Work on moving the ball in front of the body to both sides, with the bottom hand remaining loose and the top hand curling over the top. When the ball gets all the way on one side of the body, the player’s shoulders and the ball should line up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Hand position.
2) Move the upper body with the cradle.
3) Envision keeping the ball away from a defender.
4) Top hand should curl over the top.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn Strategies for Better 8 Meter Shots!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LeMoyne College head coach, Kathy Taylor, encourages her players to not only be aggressive when shooting from close range, but also think about how to give themselves the best shot at scoring a goal. In this video, Coach Taylor discusses a few different strategies to use when approaching the net and being tracked down by multiple defenders.

8 Meter Shooting Strategy

Drill Summary: Line up with a goalie in the net, an attacker on the outside hash and a defender about three yards away on their left and right. The coach blows the whistle and the three players rush toward the goal. The attacker works on using their footwork to create space to shoot with their dominant hand while shielding the ball from the closer defender. Do this drill from multiple hash marks/angles to simulate more game situations.

Keys to the Drill:

1) If defender comes from the right, hold stick on the left side.
2) If defender comes from the left, hold stick on the right side.
3) Work on creating space to shoot (on dominant side).
4) Get under the middle defender from the outside hash.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Team Lacrosse Drills to Enhance Fitness and Fundamentals.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn from 2015 D-1 National Championship Coach Bill Tierney!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

After weeks of hard work and grueling practices, Bill Tierney’s Denver Pioneers captured the 2015 NCAA D-1 National Championship. In this clip, you’ll learn a drill from Coach Tierney that the whole team can use to get better at passing and communicating on the field.

Maze Drill

Drill Summary: This is a drill for the entire team. Set up with lines of at least three players staggered down the length of the field every five yards, on opposite sides. The first player at the front of the first line begins running and throws to the player at the front of the next line on the opposite side of the field. Then, that player runs out and throws to the next line, etc. After throwing, players go to the back of the line they threw to. Players in the last line on the field run through all the other lines and go up the field back to the first line once they’ve received a ball. Get at least 4-5 balls going at the same time.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Throw the ball hard.
2) Catch the ball without twisting the stick.
3) Don’t move until thrown to.
4) Call out the name of the person you’re passing to.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Lacrosse Practice with Bill Tierney.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Save More Shots by Targeting the Drive Hand!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lehigh University goalie coordinator, Errol Wilson, uses these wall ball drills to get his goalies to stop balls using their top (drive) hand. Coach Wilson stresses the importance of training the top hand, as goalies use it to control where their sticks go while defending the net.

Top Hand Drill

Drill Summary: The goalie stands in front of a wall with a goal outline taped on it. The goalie takes their stance and gets their stick in ready position, but keeps only their top (drive) hand on the stick. The coach throws a ball at the goalie, who must use only their drive hand to make the save. Throw the ball back and repeat. Progression: Have the goalie stand a few feet off the wall, and throw the ball off the wall so the goalie has to stop it using a quick reaction.

Keys to the Drill:

1) No false movements.
2) It’s okay to keep your other hand in front of your body.
3) Use the same motions as you would with two hands on the stick.
4) Always start in a good stance.

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


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