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Create a Powerful First-Step with Danowski’s Speedskater Sprint Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2014 NCAA Championship Coach, John Danowski, ensures his teams are in excellent shape.  In the following drill, Danowski has his team performing the Speedskater Sprint motion on each leg, followed by a sprint to finish the drill.  This drill will strengthen your players’ legs, create a powerful “first-step,”  and will allow them to change direction at full speed without losing their balance.

Speedskater Sprint

The concept of the drill is to have the player jump to their left or right from a static position, and land on the outside leg. With the inside leg never touching the ground, the outside leg is taking the force of the jump along with the body weight. This strengthens the legs, hips and balance of the athlete. This drill does not require any accessories and the players should be aligned in rows with spacing of 5 yards in between them.  As a group, the players will perform a combination of 3 steps, “Jump right, jump left, sprint right” and for the opposite direction, “Jump left, jump right, sprint left.”  The team should alternate these combinations with a brief moment between repetitions.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




Improve Your Passing, Catching & Conditioning with the Line Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

University of Virginia Head Coach, Dominic Starsia, and Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, discuss a line drill for passing and catching.  The Line Drill will reinforce your passing and catching technique; the essential skills that are worked on every day.  This drill also contains great conditioning work because the players are always in motion, especially if there are only a few players in each line.

Line Drill: Passing and Catching

Begin with two or three players about 15-20 yards across from another two or three players. One player begins by running towards the opposite teammate and passes the ball.  After the catch, that player now runs toward the opposite teammate and passes the ball.

Some key points taught are:

  1. Pass the ball to the box, a space that is defined by above the shoulder, beside the head and not much above the helmet.
  2. The goal is for the catch to be near the ear, with soft hands and an immediate pull back of the hands.
  3. Make a quick pass to the other player – you’re not looking for a lot of cradling in this drill, but a quick release.
  4. Switch hands for off-hand passes and catches.

The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




Create a Strong, Cohesive Defense with Bill Tierney’s Sliding Scheme!

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

University of Denver Head Coach, Bill Tierney, explains one of the most well known defensive methods: the “slide if you must” defense.  This defense is popular due to its flexibility and ability to make adjustments with ease.  This defensive method allows a coach to make simple game time adjustments, vary his defenses slide scheme, and find advantages within individual match ups.

“SLIDE IF YOU MUST” DEFENSE

Tierney shares the major adjustments that would be effective responses to common offensive strategies.  Defensive skills usually seen in this defense would include shutting off, early slides, on-ball aggressiveness, and fake sliding. Coach Tierney will then give more detailed explanations of this defense against different offenses.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions lacrosse video, Adjusting Your Multiple Defensive System to Win!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




Learn the Essentials to Win the Face-Off!

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

Tony Seaman, the Denver Outlaws General Manager, takes you through the basics of the face-off.  From the type of stickhead that is good for facing off to proper positioning of your hands, each aspect of the face-off is both discussed and explained in detail.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, The Complete Guide to the Face-Off.  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




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!




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