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Learn Backer Options within a Zone Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The backer zone defense has been one of the staples of Scott Tucker’s defense during his time as head coach of the Limestone College women’s lacrosse team. In this clip, you’ll see some of the rotations and options that backers have within the defense and how to defend against certain offensive actions.

Backer Options

Drill Summary: Set up in a basic backer zone defense formation (goalie, a player just outside each post, a player on the points of the 8-meter arc, a player on each side of the top of the 8-meter arc, and a player at the top of the 12-meter fan). Next, add an offense. Let the offense pass the ball around the perimeter and cut players through the middle. The backer’s duty is to only double if the ball is inside the 12 meter fan. Let the perimeter players handle the outside offensive players, and only have the backer step up to guard the ball if the perimeter player gets beat. Call out cutters and rotate as the ball is passed around.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Backer only doubles if ball is inside the 12.
2) Rotate opposite the ball.
3) Call out cutters.
4) Recover after rotations.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Backer Zone Defense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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Defend Using a Basic Sliding Package!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Denver Outlaws general manager and three time National Coach of the Year, Tony Seaman, demonstrates a basic slide package against 1-3-2 and 1-4-1 offenses. Coach Seaman breaks down which defenders slide and which ones trail in this look at the sliding defensive system.

The Basic Slide

Drill Summary: Against the 1-3-2, the middle defender slides up to defend an offensive player who dodges toward the goal. As the middle defender slides over, the player who was guarding the dodger needs to trail the attacking offensive player and force prevent them from cutting back toward the middle. Against the 1-4-1, the player who slides is dependent on which side the offense dodges to; however, the same concepts apply (nearest middle defender slides over and the original defender prevents a cut back).

Keys to the Drill:

1) All slides start from the crease.
2) Middle defender needs to start in front of their man.
3) Middle defender slides and helps with the dodging offensive player.
4) Keep the offensive player from crossing the middle of the field.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Installing the Sliding Defensive System.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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Practice Alley Dodges with a Drill from John Desko!

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

Five time National Championship head coach at Syracuse University, John Desko, teaches his players how to shoot off alley dodges in this fun exercise. Your goalies will also get the opportunity to improve their positioning while defending against long-distance shots during this drill.

Alley Dodges

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and a line of shooters 25 yards in front of the goal. Each player in the line should have a ball. One at a time, players run forward, dodge to the left or right, and fire a shot on goal after dodging. Shots should come from about 10 yards in front of the goal at an angle. As players are shooting, goalies should be working on their saving technique.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shoot from outside the goal posts extended.
2) Goalies shouldn’t rush to the post.
3) Goalies should hold on the back side for a split second.
4) Goalie should think about what the shooter sees.

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




Learn to Attack Inside for the 2-2-2 Offense!

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

James Stagnitta, University of Pennsylvania assistant coach, uses the “Survivor Drill” to help his athletes work on getting the ball into the crease on offense. As the interior offense adjusts to ball movement on the perimeter, defenders will improve their coverage and communication skills to prevent easy goals.

Survivor Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, two offensive and two defensive players in the crease, and four offensive players in a box formation surrounding the crease (about 5-7 yards outside the goal on either side and 15 yards up the field from there). The ball starts with the offensive players on the outside, who move the ball around until one of the offensive players in the crease can get open. The goal of the drill is to get the ball to one of the offensive players on the inside and score.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Inside offensive players react and adjust to the perimeter.
2) Movement is based on where the ball is.
3) Work on entry passes.
4) Reset properly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Drills for Building the 2-2-2 Offense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Stop More Shots Using These Goalie Techniques!

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

Two key components that go into championship-level goalkeeping are hand movement and footwork. In this clip, Syracuse University assistant coach, Kevin Donahue, explains how keeping hands comfortable and relaxed while conditioning the lead and trail leg of the goalie can help them become a more consistent presence in the net.

Save Technique

Drill Summary: When defending shots, make sure the goalie’s top hand is soft on the stick and they’re holding the stick away from their body (this prevents rebounds). As the goalie moves the stick around to defend shots, it’s important that both hands work together. The feet should follow wherever the hands move first. Remember to move the trail leg after moving the lead leg, otherwise the goalie will allow a large hole between their legs for shooters to take advantage of.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Soft top hand.
2) Hands out and away from body.
3) Move the stick in arcs.
4) Feet follow hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Building a Championship Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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