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Jenny Levy, University of North Carolina Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, has the team work on perfecting a “jump cut” which consists of a player driving around their defender’s blindside, and down the left or right sides of the goal to receive a pass and get a shot on goal.
Drill Setup: There are four lines of players: one at the top of the 12 meter arch, one line on each wing, and one line behind the net on the end-line. A goalie is optional. Balls are placed at both wing lines. A cone is placed at each wing line and at the line behind the net. Additionally, 3 cones forming a line are placed on both sides of the goal, and 4-5 cones in a line are positioned between the 12 and 8 meter arch.
Athlete Movement: The drill starts with a pass from one of the wing lines to the line behind the net. The new ball carrier will drive to the opposite side of the goal, break down at goal line extended, and begin to fade or “pull” away towards the nearside corner of the field. During that “pull”, the jump cut player at the top of the 12 meter arch will drive down towards the ball carrier, receive the ball on the run and shoot. This drill will repeat itself; alternating from each side of the field per repetition.
Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, focuses on individual player development to become better lacrosse players. This drill is intended to train the players to put their bodies in a position to be explosive and to keep their feet under them.
Athlete Movement: The players begin five yards back from three middle cones. The three cones are separated from each other by about two yards. On the coach’s command they will run to the assigned cone, most importantly without taking a false step. The athlete has to be sure to initiate the direction with the correct foot so as not to get their feet crossed up. Once the command is given, the player is to take a high step with the directionally appropriate foot, rather than to take a false step.
A variation of this drill can be done with two players that are about 10-15 yards away, but facing each other. One athlete is the offensive player and the other athlete is the defensive player. Whichever cone the offensive player sprints to, the defender has to get to by ensuring to initiate his first step appropriately.
Teaching Points: Coach Markovcy makes the point that in a drill like this with an element of competition, form sometimes disappears. The players must focus on using the proper technique in the competitive environment.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
Sean Miller, the University of Arizona Men’s Basketball Coach, explains the responsibilities of help defense and how to properly close out on to the basketball so that you can challenge a shot and contain the dribble at the same time. The ability to close out effectively will make you a great defensive player.
Coach Miller puts a great deal of emphasis on teaching how to properly close out on to the basketball within the high school, grade school, and youth league levels. He stresses that it’s critical to understand the “Ball, You, Man” concept at an early age. Defenders, not playing the basketball, should be in help position and seeing the ball on one side of the floor and the person you’re responsible for guarding on the opposite side of the floor at all times.
Once the ball is in the air and on its way to the person you’re responsible for guarding, you must close out on the ball. When closing out on the ball, you must be quick, but also under control so the offensive player does not blow by you and get into the paint with the dribble. High hands are also crucial when closing out on the ball so that a jump shot can be contested.
1) “Ball, You, Man” while in help position defensively
2) To start your close out begin with your foot which is closest to the man you’re guarding
3) Steps go from big to small when closing out
4) Low body
5) High hands which are bent at the elbow
6) You should be able to reach out and touch the offensive player who possesses the ball
Andy Enfield, the current head coach at USC and former coach at Gulf Coast University, presents a play called “Zipper.” Zipper is a quick play that spreads the floor, incorporates screens, and doesn’t allow the defense time to adjust. This play is recommended when your transition strategy fails to yield a basket.
This drill or play commences with the 1 man dribbling the ball toward the wing (in this case the right) while the 4 and 5 man screen down toward the low post block, while the 2 and 3 man zipper up just beyond the top of the perimeter. Next, the 1 man sprints behind the 4 and 5 man near the baseline toward the opposite wing with the option of driving to the basket or fading to the corner for a jump shot. The end of the “Zipper” play involves the ball being passed to the 1 man on the wing or corner, with the 2 and 3 man taking up position on the weak side corner and weak side wing while the 5 man sets a screen for the 1 man near the elbow. The 4 man sprints up to the weak side top of the key as the 5 man rolls to the basket looking for a lob from the 1 man.
3x Wisconsin State Champion, Jerry Petitgoue, shares the State Passing Drill which his teams perform in practice every day. You can incorporate outlet passes, chest passes, and bounce passes into the drill and it requires players to maintain good spacing, good rotations, and communication.
● 5 players on the court
● Objective is for everyone to score a layup after a pass from the middle.
● Players are not allowed to dribble the ball and there must always be someone in the middle.
● Drill requires players to maintain good spacing, good rotations, and communication.
● You can work on the following passes: outlet passes, chest passes, bounce passes.
● Players start in an “x” formation on the court with a player in the middle with the ball to start.
● Player 1 (P1) in the middle then passes to one of the players (P2) close to the basket who scores and then sprints to the other end of the court. The other player (P3) close to the basket gets the rebound and makes an outlet pass to the P1 who has moved from the middle to the outlet position.
● P4, who is opposite the outlet will flash to the middle and receive a pass from P1. P4 will then pass the ball to P5 on the other end of the court. P2 will get the rebound and make the outlet to P4 and the sequence will start again.
● The player who makes the outlet pass always assumes the middle position once the drill starts.