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These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed.
Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.
The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.
The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.
Watch as Assistant Coach Jason Breyo, at Lambert, Georgia High School, teaches the basics needed for good defensive play. It begins with a Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (without sticks). The next progression of this drill is to incorporate the players stick called the Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (with sticks). The conclusion of this progression adds an attackman.
How it Works: Cones are placed on a line about 5 to 10 yards apart. The player is to step behind the first cone, stand in an athletic stance on the balls of his feet, with his hands out front; Then shuffles to the other cone and back. The next progression of this drill now incorporates the player’s stick. The player is to lift their stick in the air, because of the uncertainty which direction the offensive player will go.
The last step is to add an Attackman. The defensive player is to keep his stick in front of the offensive player, lift it at the end, and place it again in front of the offensive player as he changes direction. This part of the drill also gives the offensive players an opportunity to practice cradling with one hand and changing hands in order to keep their body between the defender and the ball.
Drill Tips: When shuffling to the cone, be sure that the players do not cross their feet.
Mark Petrone coaches alongside highly successful Haverford School Head Coach, John Nostrant. This is a fast-paced shooting drill that gets the players a high number of shots on goal in a short amount of time. This drill reinforces technique and is a great way to work on placement.
How it Works: Form two lines of players, five yards outside each pipe and 20 yards out from the cage. One player passes to the other side, who catches and then takes a shot. The player who passed, receives the next pass from the other side for the next shot. And it continues in that fashion at a high pace.
Show your back to the goalie, then follow through with your shoulders
To increase the challenge, give your players a defined area to shoot at such as a lower corner, far side pipe, high corner. This same drill can also be done from different distances from the front of the cage.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” View the latest video selections on Shooting Technique.
Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with a test that isolates specific abilities. This agility drill is a way to measure the quickness of an athlete and their ability to change direction. The learnings are appropriate for all age levels.
How it Works: You need four cones and a stopwatch. The four cones are set up in a “T” formation. The player begins at the line and the stopwatch is started once the athlete begins to move. The athlete has to run and touch the middle cone, shuffle to touch the right cone, turn and run to touch the far left cone, shuffle back to touch the middle cone, then backpedal across the starting/finish line. It is important that the player touch the top of each cone.
Drill Tips: This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for defensive players. Because this drill doesn’t take much space, you could run several different groups at the same time.
John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, teaches the basic fundamentals and mechanics required for proper shooting. To help your players become more complete shooters, Coach Danowski explains that good shooting technique is a total body process that utilizes proper foot placement, the legs, core, upper body, and hands/wrists.
How it Works: The drill begins with the players in two lines a few yards wide of the pipes and about even with the top of the crease. One line feeds the other, a player catches the ball, gets his hands back (kisses his shoulder), and then shoots at the goal. This drill is about repetition and reinforcing proper technique.
Drill Tips: Younger players may need to be reminded to keep their back hand above the height of the front hand in order to keep the ball in the pocket as they shoot.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Shooting Drills.