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React and Shoot Quickly in Front of the Net!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ann Elliott, head women’s coach at the University of Colorado, uses this shooting drill to teach her players to make a quick decision when shooting in front of the goal. In this drill, players will not only learn to shoot quicker, but also with more accuracy.

Shooting Drill

Drill Summary: A goalie begins in the net, the drilling player begins five yards in front of the net, and six players space out evenly with one ball each, 10 yards in front of the net. On the coach’s whistle, the first player with a ball feeds the drilling player, who must quickly face the net and attempt to sneak a ball past the goalie. Continue down the line, feeding balls to the drilling player until they’ve had six attempts. Set a time limit (coach Elliott recommends about 35 seconds) to prevent players from taking too long. Keep track of how many shots each player makes, then rotate.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Quick decisions.
2) Clean receptions.
3) Accurate shots.
4) Fake out the goalie.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Stickwork & Shooting Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Work on a Variety of Lacrosse Skills in One Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Director of Team ONE lacrosse and former head coach of the Chicago Machine, John Combs, teaches his youth players a variety of skills at one time in the All-In-One drill. Players will learn to field ground balls, pass the ball, make J-turns and make over-the-shoulder passes.

All-In-One Drill

Drill Summary: This is a three player drill. Begin with two players on the sideline with one player facing them, about 15 yards away. To begin, one player on the sideline rolls a ball out and the other sideline player must run out and scoop it up. After retrieving the ball, the player passes it to the third person in the drill. That player must then quickly return the ball to the person who just passed it to them, then run back toward the sideline before receiving a pass over their shoulder. Finally, the receiver passes back to the player on the sideline, who passes back to the thrower and the whole process is repeated.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Accurate throws.
2) Scooping ability.
3) Good cuts and turns.
4) Call out names on passes.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Skills and Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Run an Efficient 2-2-3 Triangle Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Limestone College head women’s lacrosse coach Scott Tucker has often used the 2-2-3 motion offense while leading the Saints to the D-II NCAA Tournament Final Four six times. In this clip, Coach Tucker shows how his players maintain their triangle spacing and work together to set up the offense.

Triangle Set

Drill Summary: In coach Tucker’s 2-2-3, two attackers are positioned behind the goal, two attackers start on the inside and three middies start on the outside. To begin the drill, players pass the ball around the outside of the formation. Once the ball has gone around the outside twice, the center middie passes to an outside middie and cuts to the middle. Meanwhile, the opposite players fill positions, with the outside middie filling up and the inside attacker filling out. The point of the drill is to work on rotating and maintaining spacing.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Ball movement.
2) Communication.
3) Fill open positions.
4) Full speed cuts.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Sets, Motion and Plays.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Re-Jam to Win a 50/50 Face-Off!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Former Lehigh player and current assistant coach Will Scudder teaches you how to re-jam to win a face-off. If players find themselves getting caught in a 50/50 grind during face-offs with opponents, Coach Scudder’s tips can help you win the ball more often.

Re-Jamming

Drill Summary: This drill requires two players. Players assume a face-off position and start in a 50/50 grind. The player working on the re-jam comes down the line on the opponent’s stick and gets their stick between the ball and the opponent’s stick. From there, they can pull the ball back between their legs and pick it up. Progress from doing this at half speed to full speed.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shift your stick down the line.
2) Get between the ball and the opponent’s stick.
3) Push the left leg out to allow room to pull the ball back.
4) Try to pull the ball back accurately.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Fundamentals of Face Offs.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




“Swat the Fly” to Become a Better Shooter!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ron Caputo, Duke University assistant coach, runs his players through this drill to discourage cradling the ball when shooting. In addition to learning to not cradle the ball, players will also learn to properly exchange their weight when making a shot on goal.

Swat the Fly

Drill Summary: Players form a single file line facing the sideline about 6-7 yards in front of the goal. A coach stands roughly five yards in front of the line with a bunch of balls. To begin, the first player in line steps up and gets in a position similar to a tennis player when they serve the ball, with the arm back over their head and only one hand on the stick. The coach lobs a ball up to where the player can easily catch it, and the player immediately fires a shot into the goal using one hand. Coach Caputo usually gives each player 2-4 reps at a time so they can develop muscle memory.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Don’t cradle the ball.
2) Good weight shift.
3) Focus on form, not accuracy.
4) Hand position on the stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “15 Drills for Building a Successful Shooting Program.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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