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Move the Ball Up the Field Using the “Give ‘n Go!”

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Expert youth lacrosse coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, goes over the simplicity yet effectiveness of what he calls the best play in lacrosse, the “Give ‘n Go”.  This play is great because an offensive player is able to take advantage of an opponent’s tendency to relax after the offensive player has passed the ball to a teammate. He also goes over a great move for the more advanced player.

Best Play in Lacrosse: Give ‘n Go

Drill Setup: Coach Davis goes through a simple whiteboard illustration of the drill concept.

Teaching Points:

  • Stay active off the ball, in order to be a threat to the defense
  • Communication, demanding the ball right back after the initial pass

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Go-To Practice Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Coaching Youth Lacrosse.




Create More Scoring Opportunities by Cutting Without the Ball!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

John Danowski, led his Duke University Lacrosse program to a 2013 and 2010 NCAA Men’s Championship title! Coach Danowski teaches the concept that every offensive player can be a threat to shoot. He emphasizes that cutting is an important factor in becoming open and getting a quick shot on goal. 

Inside Shooting Exercise

Drill Setup:

The drill begins with players in a line approximately 15 yards above GLE and about 5 yards outside the far pipe. A coach or another player is the feeder that is about 10-15 yards outside the near pipe and about 5 yards below GLE. The feeders could be attackmen and the shooters could be middies.

Athlete Movements:

The shooter begins by running forward and to his left slightly away from the crease, plants his left foot, and makes a hard cut to the right running to the middle of the area in front of the crease. The feeder passes the ball directly to the shooter, who takes the time to catch the ball, cradle it, while continuing to run across the crease, and shooting to the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would have been protecting the near pipe.

Teaching Points:

  • Notice that the shooter changes hands on his dodge in order to set up the eventual shot on the back third of the cage.
  • The drill can be modified easily by placing a coach in the middle of the passing lane and making the shooter cut a second time to go backdoor for the pass.
  • If you modify the drill as mentioned in the previous teaching point, this requires the player to change his stick/hand position a second time.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Maximize Your Lacrosse Abilities at Any Position on the Field!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Rob Rose, provides you with a ‘Lateral Hurdle Hop Drill’ which is great for developing reaction and quickness in your players. This will develop your players ability to make a change of direction to help them dodge a defender or to be a more effective defender.

6” Lateral Hurdle Hop Drill

Drill Setup:

This drill utilizes a 6” hurdle. If you don’t have one, the player could use their stick as the hurdle. It is best to have the hurdle perpendicular to a line on the field in order to give the player lateral orientation.

Athlete Movements:

The goal is to perform as many two-foot jumps as possible in 10 seconds.

Teaching Points:

  • Make sure that both feet push off and touch equally.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” View the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning for Lacrosse.




Increase Speed and Agility using This Strength & Conditioning Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff alongside John Danowski provide you with a lateral bound exercise that helps build strength in a player’s hip and leg muscles so they can be quicker and more explosive while changing direction on the field. The first drill is a basic lateral bound. While the following drill involves a lateral bound with a 45 degree drop step. This is a great exercise for players to develop the ability to change directions rapidly, powerfully, and keep their body under control. 

Lateral Bounds

Athlete Movements:

With multiple lines of players facing the length of the field, the first players will face toward a sideline and squat down. From that position, they will leap to their side (away from their lines), land, and return to the squatting position. They will continue this for the length of 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

In the 2nd part of this clip, the first set of player will be now facing their own lines in the same squatting position. They will first open their hips to their right side, leap back at 45 degrees, land, and return to squatting position. They will then open up to their left side now and do the same. They will do this for 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

Teaching Points:

  • In the squat position at the start of each drill, be sure that players keep the hands and the elbows tight to their chest
  • Challenge your athletes with the technique of the drills as well their own endurance.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Skill Development.




Improve Catching and Passing with These Fast Pace Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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. 

Perfect Passing

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.

Athlete Movements:

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.

Teaching Points:

  • Spread the cones based on your team’s athletic ability.
  • Faster tempo adds pressure on the players.
  • Set a controlled yet challenging pace.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse.




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