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Learn Ricky Fried’s Defensive Approach Essentials

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

Defensive Approach

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, Open Practice with Ricky Fried!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!

 




Create a Powerful First-Step with Danowski’s Speedskater Sprint Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

Speedskater Sprint

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!




Improve Your Passing, Catching & Conditioning with the Line Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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.

Line Drill: Passing and Catching

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:

  1. Pass the ball to the box, a space that is defined by above the shoulder, beside the head and not much above the helmet.
  2. The goal is for the catch to be near the ear, with soft hands and an immediate pull back of the hands.
  3. Make a quick pass to the other player – you’re not looking for a lot of cradling in this drill, but a quick release.
  4. Switch hands for off-hand passes and catches.

The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!








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