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Re-Jam to Win a 50/50 Face-Off!

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

Former Lehigh player and current assistant coach Will Scudder teaches you how to re-jam to win a face-off. If players find themselves getting caught in a 50/50 grind during face-offs with opponents, Coach Scudder’s tips can help you win the ball more often.

Re-Jamming

Drill Summary: This drill requires two players. Players assume a face-off position and start in a 50/50 grind. The player working on the re-jam comes down the line on the opponent’s stick and gets their stick between the ball and the opponent’s stick. From there, they can pull the ball back between their legs and pick it up. Progress from doing this at half speed to full speed.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shift your stick down the line.
2) Get between the ball and the opponent’s stick.
3) Push the left leg out to allow room to pull the ball back.
4) Try to pull the ball back accurately.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Fundamentals of Face Offs.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




“Swat the Fly” to Become a Better Shooter!

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

Ron Caputo, Duke University assistant coach, runs his players through this drill to discourage cradling the ball when shooting. In addition to learning to not cradle the ball, players will also learn to properly exchange their weight when making a shot on goal.

Swat the Fly

Drill Summary: Players form a single file line facing the sideline about 6-7 yards in front of the goal. A coach stands roughly five yards in front of the line with a bunch of balls. To begin, the first player in line steps up and gets in a position similar to a tennis player when they serve the ball, with the arm back over their head and only one hand on the stick. The coach lobs a ball up to where the player can easily catch it, and the player immediately fires a shot into the goal using one hand. Coach Caputo usually gives each player 2-4 reps at a time so they can develop muscle memory.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Don’t cradle the ball.
2) Good weight shift.
3) Focus on form, not accuracy.
4) Hand position on the stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “15 Drills for Building a Successful Shooting Program.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Improve Defensive Communication and Offensive Recognition!

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

Rollins College head women’s lacrosse coach Dennis Short knows a thing or two about coaching lacrosse – he took the Tars from a startup program to the D-II Final Four in just five years! In this drill, defensive players will learn to communicate and operate at a disadvantage while the offense takes advantage of any mismatches they create.

Hopkins Drill

Drill Summary: Begin with five offensive players, a goalie in the net and two defenders on the inside. The rest of the players split into two lines (one offense and one defense). The offense begins by passing the ball freely between each other. After each third pass, the next member of the defensive line joins the drill until it becomes 5-on-5. Once both teams are matched up evenly, play becomes live and the group plays until the offense scores or the defense secures the ball. If the defense wins, they get to go on offense. As players get better at the drill, you can decrease the amount of passes between each defensive player entering the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Defense and offense need to communicate.
2) Attack mismatches.
3) Quick ball movement.
4) Intensity!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




See How Mike Stith Instructs Players to Approach First Base!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Founder of Team Mizuno and 3x ASA National Championship coach Mike Stith takes pride in his teams’ smart and aggressive abilities on the base paths. In this drill, players will learn how to get out of the batter’s box quickly and sprint to first base to ensure the best chance of beating out any throw.

1st Base Approach

Drill Summary: Players form a single file line behind home plate. One by one, each player steps into the batter’s box and takes their stance without a bat. On the coach’s command, the player makes a motion like they just hit the ball and takes off running to first base. Coach Stith stresses the importance of lengthening strides to take away a step or two when running to the bag. Once the player has ran all the way through the bag without decreasing their speed, the next player can take off from the batter’s box. Repeat until all players have been through the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Remember to swing.
2) Good running form.
3) Lengthen the stride, don’t break down the stride to hit the front of the bag.
4) Run through the bag.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Team Drills for 12U and 14U.” View other world class Softball videos!






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