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Utilize “Ground Ball Limbo” to Improve Your Scooping!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Former Robert Morris Head Coach, Kenneth (Bear) Davis, shares the Ground Ball Limbo drill that forces players to get low when scooping through ground balls.  Davis uses the catch phrase “two butts down” to emphasize getting their butt and the butt of their stick low to the ground in order to scoop the ground ball.

Ground Ball Limbo

The coach in the drill will place a ball near his feet and hold his stick out. The first player in line has to run and scoop the ground ball while getting lower than the coaches stick, which is intended to ensure that the player gets low to the ground to get the ball.

This simple drill is done with a line of players starting 10 yards away from the coach who has a pile of balls. You could have another coach 10 -15 yards further down field for the players to pass to after picking up the ground ball or you could have a goal for the players to shoot into. As the player runs and scoops the ball, Coach Davis instructs the players to “kiss their stick’, which means to bring the head of their stick up to their face. This is to minimize the opportunity of an opposing player to check them and create a turnover.

This excerpt was taken from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, Go-To Practice Drills for Youth Lacrosse.  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




Create Game-Like Situations with the Split Dodge/ Shooting Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.  This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.

Split Dodge – Shot on the Run Down the Middle

The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.

This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.

This excerpt was taken from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.  To view more shooting instruction, click here.




Make the Most of Opportunities on Goal with this Shooting Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, has Assistant Coach Lauren Moten walk the attack unit through a shooting drill. Coach Moten focuses on keeping sticks up and open toward the goal and using the wrists to throw fakes. 

Attack Shooting Drill

Athlete Movement: This drill is run with two lines simultaneously to maximize reps. One line starts from up top while a second line attacks from behind the goal.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Open Practice with Ricky Fried.” View the latest videos on Practice Organization for Lacrosse.




Learn the Individual Skills to Build a Strong Defense!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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. 

Roof J Drill

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.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Defense.




Use this Cradle Drill to Improve Stick Handling!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

In this youth lacrosse drill Glen Ridge (NJ) High School Assistant Coach, Paul Schwern, teaches players how to cradle with one hand while protecting their stick from a defender.

One-Handed Cradle Drill

Athlete Movement: Players start in a single file line facing a cone about ten yards away. The first player up will cradle with one hand while running toward the cone. A defender is positioned at the cone to throw checks at the ball handler. Upon reaching the cone, the ball handler must switch hands and change direction to return to the end of the line.

Teaching Points: The key is for the ball carrier to use their body to protect their stick from the defender.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Boys).” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Stick Handling.




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