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4 v 4 Lacrosse: How to Implement Effective Picks Up Top

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Towson University lacrosse coach Tony Seaman considers the 4 v 4 set to be very effective for game planning. This formation enables coaches to be flexible with personnel and creates a variety of game-like situations. This week Coach Seaman demonstrates “Picks Up Top” via whiteboard diagrams and live simulations.

Picks Up Top – Whiteboard Overview

The Set-up: Start by putting two middies up top (players 1 and 2), one on the crease (player 3), and one behind (player 4). On this play, we  will pick from up top and learn how to execute it offensively and defensively.

The Action: Player 1 has the ball and throws across to 2. He then runs across and picks player 6 (or 2’s defender) so that 6 runs into the pick. Meanwhile, player 2 comes off the pick and gets an edge. He can now go in and shoot or has player 3 on the crease as an option. Also, he has player 4 coming across one side of the net or the other as an outlet.

Defensive Strategy: Defensively, it becomes important for player 5 to tell 6 that he is getting picked. Stress this to your players. Tell player 5 to step back so that 6 can come through. Also, upon pick recognition, player 6 can step out and force player 2 to go the opposite way and not down the alley.

On the Field

Coaching Point: It’s very important when setting the pick to make sure the picker gets down below where the defender wants to go so he can pick him off.

Check out three more picks plays with Tony Seaman, including picks behind and the pick and roll. 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Best Drill in Lacrosse: 4 v 4” featuring Towson head coach Tony Seaman. For more videos featuring Coach Seaman and Towson lacrosse, click here.




A Trio of 4-on-4 Practice Drills for Offense and Defense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Towson University men’s lacrosse coach Tony Seaman considers many of the drills based on the 4 v 4 set to be very effective for game planning. This formation allows coaches to be flexible with their personnel and gives them the chance to move players around to create a variety of game-like situations. Plus, only one or two coaches have to oversee the drill, which is efficient for getting things done both offensively and defensively. Be sure to check out our feature from last year detailing three pick plays using the 4 v 4 set.

4 v 4 Overview

Offensively, the 4 v 4 set typically features a midfielder up top (1), a midfielder or attacker (2) on the left wing, a midfielder or attacker (3) on the right wing and an attackman behind the goal (4) — forming a 1-2-1 set.

The offensive players are guarded by the typical defense they’d see in a game situation. The 1 player is defended by a short-stick defender (5), the 2 player is defended by a short-stick defender (6), the 3 player has a long-stick defender (7) on him, and the 4 player has a long-stick defender (8) on him behind the net.

Keep in mind, if you usually put a long-stick defender on the 1 man, just replace him with the 7 defender (or you can use 3 or 4 long-stick defenders in the drill so that your personnel gets used to this style of play).

Drill 1

First, we will give 1 the ball and have him drive down the alley (right side in this case). From this position, he can look for a shot on goal. However, if he gets doubled, he will look for 3 on the inside, who gets open from a C-Cut. Also, 1 can look for 4 as an outlet behind the GLE.

 

Drill 2

Now, let’s look at the 4 v 4 and some things you can work on defensively out of this formation.

First, it’s the job of 5 to take away the middle of the field. He will force 1 to go down the alley. Next, we will have 7 slide out and into a double team situation — and this will drive 1 towards the sideline. Now, 1’s first look will be to 3 in the middle of the field. The responsibility for 6 is to come across the middle and take on 3.

 

Drill 3

Now let’s look at the 4 v 4 starting behind the goal. We will start the ball with the 4 attackman behind the goal. He can drive whichever direction he wants. Let’s start with the right-hand side. He will try to come around the side and shoot the ball, or look for a pass out in front.

Meanwhile, the 8 defender will likely recognize which hand is his strong hand. If 8 knows that 4 is a righty, he will then try to take away that side by playing his right side and force him to the left and use his left hand. Next, 7 and 6 will make sure they are between their man and the ball. 5 will move down a bit to the side that 4 drives for help defense and a possible slide.

Slide Scheme: Let’s take away 4’s right hand and force him left. 7 will slide early. We want 6 to come across and play 3. 5 will then drop down to 6’s spot and pick up 2.

Note: When you do get shots, you get more much realistic shots and great shooting practice on the goalie.

 

The previous clips can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “The Best Drill in Lacrosse: 4 v 4” featuring Towson head coach Tony Seaman. For more videos featuring effective practice drills, click here.




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