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Develop Straight Up Approach Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The approach is an essential part of individual defense and preventing opposing players from getting where they want to go. Jon Torpey, head coach High Point University, uses the “V-Footwork” drill to get his athletes tons of reps that will help them be ready to execute an approach during a game.

V-Footwork

Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual and Team Defense Drills & Techniques.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




A Drill for Winning the Draw!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

U.S. Naval Academy assistant women’s lacrosse coach, Gabby Capuzzi, has spent time learning under eight time National Championship head coach Cindy Timchal. In this clip, you’ll learn a drill for the draw that pits two players on your team against each other.

Drawing Against Each Other

Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Winning the Draw.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Increase the Agility of Your Goalies!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To become a high-caliber goalie, you must possess the speed and agility necessary to maneuver in front of the goal as effectively as possible. Adam Ghitelman, USC head coach and former All-American goalie at Virginia, shows you the “Rabbit & Dog” drill, which will help you maximize agility.

Rabbit & Dog

Drill Summary: Set up two cones roughly 3 yards apart (to simulate the width of a goal). One player will be the “rabbit” (leader) and one player will be the “dog” (player who mimics the rabbit). Players face each other and begin in the middle of the cones. On the whistle, the “rabbit” begins shifting back and forth between the cones, randomly planting and shifting at will. The “dog” player must mirror the rabbit until the rep is over. Each rep should be about 20-30 seconds long, and Coach Ghitelman usually has each player do three sets each (as both the rabbit and dog).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Encyclopedia of Goalkeeping.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve Your Players’ 1-on-1 Skills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

University of Colorado head women’s coach, Ann Elliott, realizes the importance of having players who can defend well in one on one situations. In this drill, your athletes will be forced to use great body positioning and field awareness to keep offensive players from scoring easily around the net.

Simple 1 on 1 Drill

Drill Summary: Begin with a goalie in the net, an offensive player guarded by a defensive player just behind the net, another offensive player waiting out top and a coach with a pile of balls. To start, the coach throws a ball to the offensive player behind the net and the defensive player works to force the offense out. After the offensive player shoots, another ball is thrown to the offensive player out top and the defensive player must close out and force them down the wing.


Finally, after that offensive player shoots, a ground ball is rolled onto the field and the defensive player must scoop it up to complete the drill. The defense gets points for stops. Body positioning is paramount for success on defense in one on one situations!

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

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Develop Defenseman Awareness on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Chris Gabrielli, Providence College head men’s coach and former Duke University assistant coach, details the awareness required to become a great defenseman. Coach Gabrielli also explains the three main questions that defensemen should be thinking about when they’re on the field.

Awareness

Drill Summary: Whenever a defenseman is in the game, they should be thinking three things:

  1. Where am I on the field?
  2. What is the ball carrier trying to accomplish?
  3. How can I defer the ball carrier from being successful?

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: The Defenseman.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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