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Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach & US Women’s National Team Head Coach, has his players working on approaching and defending the opposing ball-carrier. Players organize themselves in a triangle with two offensive players at the base and a defender at the point. When the offensive players exchange the ball, the defender approaches the ball carrier and breaks down in their defensive position. The offensive player then carries the ball ten yards while the defender continues to defend them. Coach Fried focuses on approach, body position, and effective stick checks that can be employed in this defensive situation.
2014 NCAA Championship Coach, John Danowski, ensures his teams are in excellent shape. In the following drill, Danowski has his team performing the Speedskater Sprint motion on each leg, followed by a sprint to finish the drill. This drill will strengthen your players’ legs, create a powerful “first-step,” and will allow them to change direction at full speed without losing their balance.
The concept of the drill is to have the player jump to their left or right from a static position, and land on the outside leg. With the inside leg never touching the ground, the outside leg is taking the force of the jump along with the body weight. This strengthens the legs, hips and balance of the athlete. This drill does not require any accessories and the players should be aligned in rows with spacing of 5 yards in between them. As a group, the players will perform a combination of 3 steps, “Jump right, jump left, sprint right” and for the opposite direction, “Jump left, jump right, sprint left.” The team should alternate these combinations with a brief moment between repetitions.
This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse! To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!
University of Virginia Head Coach, Dominic Starsia, and Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, discuss a line drill for passing and catching. The Line Drill will reinforce your passing and catching technique; the essential skills that are worked on every day. This drill also contains great conditioning work because the players are always in motion, especially if there are only a few players in each line.
Begin with two or three players about 15-20 yards across from another two or three players. One player begins by running towards the opposite teammate and passes the ball. After the catch, that player now runs toward the opposite teammate and passes the ball.
Some key points taught are:
The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.
Andrew Grantz, the creator of the Attack & React Offense, shares a drill that will create an attacking mindset for your post players. With aggressive penetration from the perimeter, it is vital that your inside players make their presence known by getting to the glass for easy second chance points.
Three players line straight up under the basket. The middle player will be the offensive player and will move aggressively toward the basket. The middle player does not face the basket. The coach will bounce the ball in play and the middle player must quickly turn around, find the ball, and attack the rim. The player’s goal is to finish three successful baskets.
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “4-Out 1-In Attack & React: Attacking Drills & Skills.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!
Rob Fulford, head coach at Huntington Prep High School, demonstrates the “3 Man Position with Charge” drill. This drill works on closeouts, defensive positioning in relation to the ball, communication, and help defense.
The drill has three offensive players on the perimeter with three defensive players along the baseline to start. A coach on the baseline will roll the basketball out to one of the three offensive players on the perimeter. The defensive player, who will be guarding the ball, will closeout with hands up and using short, choppy steps. Depending on where the ball is, depends on where you closeout to. If your man is two passes away you’re on the helpline. If you’re a pass away from the ball, you’re denying the pass. When the ball is rolled out to a player on the wing, he will drive it. The defensive player, who is on the help line, must meet the ball outside the lane to take the charge. Once the player takes the charge, his teammates, who are not participating on the on the baseline, must help his teammate up.
Point of Emphasis for the Drill:
2) Closeout on the Ball Under Control and with Active Hands (Trace the Ball)
3) Know Where You Are in Relation to the Basketball
4) Take the Charge Outside the Lane
This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Huntington Prep High School Basketball Practice.” View our complete library of over 800 basketball DVDs here!