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Work on Cradling Techniques and Build Your Field Awareness!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Winningest Coach in NCAA Tournament History, Kelly Amonte Hiller, has players perform a partner passing drill while under pressure. This drill involves two players partner passing while two additional players are standing behind them acting as the opponent. The goal here is for players to build their cradling and awareness skills while throwing or receiving a pass.

Stick Protection Passing Drill

Athlete Movement: The drill starts with partner passing. As the ball is received, a player begins to protect the ball while the opponent behind them attempts to check their stick. After a few seconds of protecting, the ball carrier will throw the ball back to their partner and they repeat the process.

Drill Benefits: This is a great drill not only to get players to be aware of the area around them, but it also builds a player’s confidence when being challenged by an aggressive defensive unit.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Skill Development.




Get Shooting Instruction from the 2014 NCAA Championship Coach!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this segment, Back-to-Back NCAA Championship Coach (2014 & 2013), John Danowski, teaches the mechanics of a quick catch and shot. The two keys of this drill are for the player who is shooting to catch the ball behind his head with his hands all the way back and then to transfer his weight from his back foot to his front foot as he shoots. The drill reinforces the concept of quickly catching and shooting.

Time and Room Shooting (Swat the Fly)

Athlete Movement: Have a coach or a player toss a ball in the air to the shooter. Toss the ball behind the player so that he can catch it behind his head and immediately shoot the ball while transferring his weight from his back foot to his front foot. The shooter should not cradle the ball.

Drill Benefits:

  • Good way for players to get a high number of reps without missed opportunities due to bad passes
  • Can be used by the Box lacrosse player where catching and shooting quickly is a must.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Create More Scoring Options by Setting Good Picks!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The 2013 NCAA Championship coaching staff at the University of Duke along with Head Coach, John Danowski, provide you with a more advanced drill that incorporates setting a pick, which then creates two players that can be options for the feeder. This will also teach the player that uses the pick to not take off until the picker is set and stationary.

Pop/Slip Shooting

Drill Setup: One player sets up about 5-7 yards above and outside the crease. The second player that will set the pick is also about 5-7 yards above the crease and about 10-15 yards outside the other pipe. The feeder is a couple of yards below GLE about 10 yards away from the pipe.

Athlete Movements: The player runs and sets the pick, the other player runs off the pick and has his stick up ready for the pass. But as soon as the player runs off the pick, the picker turns to face the feeder for a quick pass (Pop) and shot. The feeder has two options to pass to for a shot.

Teaching Points:

  • Remember the phrase “Pick, Pop, Shoot” from Coach Danowski
  • For the pick sequence, if the athlete leaves too soon, the pick can be ineffective, but more importantly, the picker can get called for a moving pick/screen and can result in a penalty.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Improve Ball Movement with the “Speed Passing Drill”

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

In this segment, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach & Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Ricky Fried, focuses on the importance of quick ball movement in a simple but effective “Speed Passing Drill.” Players work through the drill in pairs as they pass the ball quickly back and forth to each other. For coaches at any level, this drill is a good way to evaluate your players’ mechanics and provide instant feedback.

Speed Passing

Drill Setup: Players work in pairs and position themselves approximately 15 yards apart from each other. Coach Fried sets a one-minute clock for this drill.

Athlete Movements: Players work on quickly passing the ball back and forth to each other.

Teaching Points:

  • Retain proper throwing and catching mechanics
  • Focus on speed

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Open Practice with Ricky Fried.” View the latest video selections on more Lacrosse Drills.




Understand the Important Role of the Wings During a Face-Off!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Denver Outlaws General Manager, Tony Seaman, tells you about one of the most important aspects of the face-off, beyond just the draw itself, which is wing play. One of the most varied aspects of lacrosse in relation to a team’s theory, is how to effectively play the wing on the face-off. However, coach Seaman breaks it down simply and provides excellent whiteboard illustration and explanation to convey the concepts.

The Face-Off: Wing Play

Athlete Movements: Your wings will line up hip-to-hip with the opponent and then move to shield them, preventing the opponent from gaining an advantage once the ball comes loose. Coach Seaman explains in simple terms exactly what the wing players should be doing to fulfill their responsibilities.

Teaching Points:

  • Communication between the middies and their teammate taking the face-off
  • Make sure your players are hip-to-hip with the opponent in order to block them

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Complete Guide to the Face-Off.” View the latest video selections on Face-Offs.




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