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Key Back Exercises for Lacrosse Players!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, presents two back strength drills that will help increase the power and balance of the upper body. Coach Markovcy shows you an exercise that can be done solo, and another that athletes can pair up and complete with a partner.

Upper Body – Back

Drill Summary: There are two main exercises presented in the video.

1. Tug o’ War Row: Partners stand about two yards apart, facing each other. Both athletes grip a towel with each hand. Standing straight up, one athlete pulls the towels toward their body while their partner pulls back, providing some resistance. Go back and forth with each athlete switching roles. Do about five reps.

2. 3-Point Row: Bend over with one hand on a bench, with the lower back concave and a slight bend in the knees. From that position, grip the weight and pull it up until the elbow reaches the midline of the body. Work both sides of the body. As athletes become better with this, you can advance to the “Floor Row” progression. For the Floor Row, get in a push-up position and roll the hips as you pull up the weight to counter the weight.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pull from back, not from biceps.
2) Elbow should come back to the middle of the body.
3) Posture.
4) Breathing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Strength and Power Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Teach Youth Players to Cradle the Ball!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One of the first skills that youth lacrosse players must learn is how to cradle the ball correctly. In this exercise, former New Jersey high school Coach of the Year, Beth Larkin, shows a few young athletes where to put their hands, where to carry the ball and how to move their sticks.


Drill Summary: To cradle, a player’s bottom hand needs to be in the bottom six inches of the handle, while their top hand needs to be about 12-15 inches up the handle. Work on moving the ball in front of the body to both sides, with the bottom hand remaining loose and the top hand curling over the top. When the ball gets all the way on one side of the body, the player’s shoulders and the ball should line up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Hand position.
2) Move the upper body with the cradle.
3) Envision keeping the ball away from a defender.
4) Top hand should curl over the top.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn Strategies for Better 8 Meter Shots!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

LeMoyne College head coach, Kathy Taylor, encourages her players to not only be aggressive when shooting from close range, but also think about how to give themselves the best shot at scoring a goal. In this video, Coach Taylor discusses a few different strategies to use when approaching the net and being tracked down by multiple defenders.

8 Meter Shooting Strategy

Drill Summary: Line up with a goalie in the net, an attacker on the outside hash and a defender about three yards away on their left and right. The coach blows the whistle and the three players rush toward the goal. The attacker works on using their footwork to create space to shoot with their dominant hand while shielding the ball from the closer defender. Do this drill from multiple hash marks/angles to simulate more game situations.

Keys to the Drill:

1) If defender comes from the right, hold stick on the left side.
2) If defender comes from the left, hold stick on the right side.
3) Work on creating space to shoot (on dominant side).
4) Get under the middle defender from the outside hash.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Team Lacrosse Drills to Enhance Fitness and Fundamentals.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Top High School Lacrosse Coaches are Championship Productions Authors

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, July 10, 2015

USA Today recently ranked two Championship Productions authors and their teams as the best high school squads in the nation at the conclusion of the 2015 lacrosse season.

John Nostrant, head coach at The Haverford School, led his team to an undefeated 26-0 season, including a championship at the first ever Inter-Ac Challenge post-season tournament. The Haverford School finished the season ranked as the #1 boys team in the country by multiple media outlets.

Coach Nostrant has authored three great products with Championship Productions:

High School Coaching Academy: All-Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant
High School Coaching Academy: Training the Lacrosse Goalie
High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice

On the girls’ side, McDonough School head coach Chris Robinson led the Owings Mills-based squad to their seventh consecutive IAAM A conference title and a #1 ranking at the end of the season. The 21-0 season extended a winning streak for the McDonough School that began all the way back in 2009 – an incredible 133 victories in a row.

If you’d like to receive instruction from Coach Robinson himself, check out both of his products from the Championship Productions library:

Skills & Drills to Develop the Complete Lacrosse Player
Drills to Build a Dodge-First Offense

See the products above and many more in the world’s largest selection of instructional lacrosse videos, books and DVDs!


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