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Improve Your Ability to Redirect Ground Balls!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Salisbury University head coach, Jim Berkman, has won 10 National Championships at the DIII level. In this drill, you’ll see an exercise that Coach Berkman uses in practice to teach players how to re-direct ground balls they’re unable to scoop a ball up immediately during a game.

Hockey Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a line of five cones with each cone about 1-2 yards apart. One by one, players take turns using their sticks to guide a ball between the cones in a zig-zag formation. Once a player has successfully navigated their ball through the cones, they scoop it up and toss it back to a coach standing near the start of the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use the stick like a hockey stick.
2) Keep your body low.
3) Be quick and efficient with movements.
4) Scoop up the ball quickly.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “30 Essential Practice Drills for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Train Offensive Players to Recognize a Slide!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

U.S. Naval Academy assistant women’s lacrosse coach, Josh Dionne, takes you through a drill that will help your attackers recognize when the defense slides up to defend the ball. By timing a pass correctly, the attacker should be able to dump the ball off to a teammate and give them a great shot on goal.

Slide Recognition Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and three pairs of offensive and defensive players. There should be a pair of players on both sides of the goal (about five yards on either side) and one pair about five yards in front of the goal. Once those players are in position, another player takes their spot 10 yards away from the goal at a 45 degree angle with their back turned to the rest of the drill. Each pair of players is assigned a number 1-3. As the coach blows the whistle to start the drill, they hold up one of the numbers and the defender whose corresponding number is picked must slide up and attack the ball carrier. As the defense slides up, it’s the ball carrier’s duty to throw to the offensive player who was just left open, and that player tries to score a goal. Note that this drill can be altered depending on where your offense usually gets doubled around the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Recognize where the slide came from on offense.
2) Harass the ball carrier on defense.
3) Accurate passes.
4) Communicate on offense and defense.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Developing Multi-Dimensional Midfielders.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Practice Picking Up Midfield Attackers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jack Kaley, German National Team head coach for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, presents a practice drill that pits two defenders against three offensive players in a numbers disadvantage situation. Defenders will work on sliding up to stop the ball and rotating accordingly.

Away Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, an offensive player and a defensive player five yards in front of the goal, another offensive and defense player 10 yards in front of the goal, and a midfielder at midfield with a ball. On the whistle, the midfielders sprints directly toward the goal. When they’re about 20 yards away, they must choose to go right or left. After the midfielder has chosen a side, the defender closest to the ball must run up and take the ball while the other defender rotates. The midfielder should attempt to throw a pass to the offensive player who’s open, and they try to score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Top defender picks up ball.
2) Defense needs to rotate.
3) Offense passes to the open man.
4) Defense needs to get in passing lanes, if possible.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Practice Drills for Building Solid Fundamentals.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Develop Better Agility on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

If you’re looking to build faster, more agile players, the “Cut Drill” from Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, Eric Markovcy, is an exercise you’ll want to learn. By working on speed, footwork and direction, your athletes will be able to maneuver around the field and improve all aspects of their game.

Cut Drill

Drill Summary: Set up six cones in a zig-zag formation. There should be about four yards between each cone. Coach Markovcy uses resistance bands with his athletes in this drill. Players start at one end of the cones and run from cone to cone, zig-zagging and focusing on planting their foot, pivoting, squaring their shoulders and accelerating toward the next cone. Do reps with resistance bands first, then without bands second.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pivot on outside foot at each cone.
2) Bend at the hips when pivoting.
3) Square shoulders after pivoting.
4) Explode to the next cone.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn Three Ways to Defend a Pick & Roll!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two time All-American defenseman at Georgetown University and Schmeisser Award winner as a senior, Brodie Merrill, runs through the three different ways to defend a pick & roll. The offense’s actions determine which method of defense is the most effective, and Merrill demonstrates how to pull off each one.

Defending the Pick & Roll

Drill Summary: The first defensive option against the pick & roll is staying. To stay, have the defender guarding the screener push the screener forward so the on-ball defender can get through and stay with their man.

The second option is switching. The key to switching is communicating between teammates before opening up and swapping the person each defender is guarding.

The third and final option is jumping the ball carrier. To jump, communicate between teammates, then double the ball as the screen is being set. It’s important to deny passes to the roller while doubling, so be sure to harass the ball handler’s hands after jumping them.

Keys to the Drill:

1) For “staying,” push the picker through.
2) For “switching,” communicate and open up to the ball.
3) For “jumping,” double the ball carrier.
4) For “jumping,” harass the ball carrier’s hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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