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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.




Create Space to Score More Goals in a Game!

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

Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dom Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.

Question Mark Dodge

Athlete Movement:  The players begin with a ball at about 5 yards below GLE, on one side of the cage. The player then runs directly up field about 7-8 yards up above GLE, they then roll to the outside, take a step or two back towards GLE to create separation from the defender, change hands, and shoot on the goal.

Teaching Points: Two keys to this drill are for the player to keep the stick in close to protect it and to be sure to run far enough above GLE, so that they have space after turning around to still have an angle to shoot on the goal.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Skill Development.




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