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Protect the Ball with Good Body Positioning and Stick Skills!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Northwestern University Head Women’s Coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller, gives guidance on stick protection and cradling. She explains how a player can use good body positioning and stick skills to protect the ball in their stick while still being a threat to their opponent.

Stick Protection And Cradling

Coach Hiller gives an assortment of tips on how to use the body, as well cradling, to help your team keep the ball in their stick and keep control of the game.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




A Great Exercise to Improve Your Face-Offs!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In this face-off drill, Ohio Machine (MLL) Head Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis gives a great explanation on showing young players how to practice face-offs. This drill demands a player to have balance while down in their face-off stance, to know what to do after they win the face-off, and to control the ball after the face-off. This is a great drill for a player to do at home as well as a way for family members to get involved in the progression of their young player.

Face-off Drill

Drill Summary: The drill needs only one player, a ball and stick, an additional person to coach him, and 3 cones preferably of different colors. As you will see in the video, one cone is set 4-5 yards directly ahead of the player, and the other 2 cones are set 4-5 yards behind him with 3-4 yards between them so all 3 cones are forming a tall triangle. The drill begins with the coach telling the player which cone to move the ball to after the face-off. The whistle is blown, the player will clamp down on the ball and “pull out” the ball toward the targeted cone and the drill is finished. The coach will tell the player which cone to target for each face-off they try. The next phase of this drill is controlling the ball after the player pulls the ball from the face-off by going to the ball and picking it up which would then end the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Stick Handling & Shooting Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Practice a Key Component to the Fast Break!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dominic Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a passing and catching drill that works on catching the ball over the shoulder. This is an excellent way to work on midfielders breaking out for a pass over their shoulder.

Inside Cuts – Catching the Ball Over the Shoulder

Drill Summary: All the players begin in a line. The first player in line runs out to make a cut and the second player in line throws a pass to the space over the shoulder of the first player. The first player makes the catch on the run and immediately turns up field and passes to a coach or another player that is another 10-15 yards up the field. That coach will then throw it back to the first player who, after passing the ball, has turned around and begins running back to where he began. He finishes by passing back to the spot of the next passer.

This drill mimics a key component of executing the fast break. Players should work on using both hands for this drill and use their teammates names as a way to strengthen team communication and to ensure that they pass to the correct player.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!








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