Watch as Assistant Coach Jason Breyo, at Lambert, Georgia High School, teaches the basics needed for good defensive play. It begins with a Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (without sticks). The next progression of this drill is to incorporate the players stick called the Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (with sticks). The conclusion of this progression adds an attackman.
How it Works: Cones are placed on a line about 5 to 10 yards apart. The player is to step behind the first cone, stand in an athletic stance on the balls of his feet, with his hands out front; Then shuffles to the other cone and back. The next progression of this drill now incorporates the player’s stick. The player is to lift their stick in the air, because of the uncertainty which direction the offensive player will go.
The last step is to add an Attackman. The defensive player is to keep his stick in front of the offensive player, lift it at the end, and place it again in front of the offensive player as he changes direction. This part of the drill also gives the offensive players an opportunity to practice cradling with one hand and changing hands in order to keep their body between the defender and the ball.
Drill Tips: When shuffling to the cone, be sure that the players do not cross their feet.
Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with a test that isolates specific abilities. This agility drill is a way to measure the quickness of an athlete and their ability to change direction. The learnings are appropriate for all age levels.
How it Works: You need four cones and a stopwatch. The four cones are set up in a “T” formation. The player begins at the line and the stopwatch is started once the athlete begins to move. The athlete has to run and touch the middle cone, shuffle to touch the right cone, turn and run to touch the far left cone, shuffle back to touch the middle cone, then backpedal across the starting/finish line. It is important that the player touch the top of each cone.
Drill Tips: This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for defensive players. Because this drill doesn’t take much space, you could run several different groups at the same time.
Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with tests that isolate specific abilities. This drill is a way to measure the agility and speed of players. It can be used especially with offensive players to develop their ability to move quickly and change direction in order to create space or dodge a defender.
How it Works: This drill utilizes four cones; two for the start, one five yards up and five yards over, and a fourth, five yards over and five yards back, so that you end with a triangle shape. The athlete begins at the two cones. The timing begins upon the athletes’ first forward movement. They sprint to and around the middle cone, sprint to and around the far cone, from an inside-out direction. They sprint back around the top-middle cone and then finish by running back between the two starting line cones.
Drill Tips: For testing an athlete’s time, only one set up would be needed. But for training purposes, you could run the drill with several setups at the same time so that your entire team could have multiple reps in a short amount of time.
Improve your players agility and closeouts with Scott Cross, University Texas-Arlington Head Coach. You will see an insightful drill that incorporates agility and working on the techniques which make up a solid closeout. This is also a great exercise to make the most of your agility ladder.
Player Movements: A player will start along the baseline, work through the agility ladder, and closeout on the coach who is an offensive player at the top of the key. Once the player clears the ladder, the closeout must be with a wide base and both hands up. One hand should cover the coach’s face while the other hand should trace the basketball.
Once the defender completes this task, they will sprint to the corner and slightly push another defender in the corner, who is taking a charge. That same player, who causes the charge, will take a charge in that same corner for the next player going through the drill.
Drill Essentials: In order to setup this drill, you need to place an Agility Ladder on the court and have a coach holding a basketball at the top of the key.
Drill Tips: Some important teaching points and tips are: 1) Wide base on closeout. 2) Both hands are up and active. 3) Defender’s shoulders should be lower than the offensive player’s shoulders. 4) Be Loud. 5) Force the offensive player to turn his body with the ball.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “5-Star Coaching Series: Practice Drills and Ball Screen Offense.” To view the latest video selections on Screening Drills, click here.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look, we visit Stanford, California for a recent strength and conditioning session with the Stanford University women’s lacrosse team. Watch as Stanford sports performance coordinator Lesley Moser leads the team through a variety of agility and conditioning drills designed to improve quickness, acceleration, and cutting – three key areas that can make a huge difference out on the lacrosse field.
Agility Workout – Part I
In the following exercises, players spread out along a designated line on the lacrosse field. You will also notice a number of cones set up in front of the players about five yards apart to designate boundaries in each drill.
Left Shuffle – Shuffle out for five yards and then shuffle back. Stay low at all times and don’t bounce on the shuffle. Your toes should always be facing forward (as well as your knees and shoulders).
Right Shuffle – This exercise is basically the same as before, but this time players will shuffle on the right side for five yards and then come back. Be sure to get a good slide. Also, make sure your feet stay apart and don’t come together.
Crossover Skip – This time go out 10 yards and then come back. As for the crossover skip motion, players will want to crossover with one leg before immediately going back up with the second leg.
Carioca – Head out 15 yards and then come back. Be sure to let the knee drive the hips with this motion.
Agility Workout – Part II
Next up in the circuit will be a series of side shuffles using mini hurdles. These are truly some effective exercises that really challenge athletes from start to finish.
Left to Right Hurdle Side Shuffle – Using the mini hurdles, players will move quickly back and forth while pausing on each end of the hurdles. Knees and toes should be up in front of you at all times. As you get to the outside, pause and hold. Hold there until your coach gives you the okay to continue. Go three times each way and then switch.
Drill Tips: Stay low while driving the knees toward the chest. Look to maintain fast arms and fast feet throughout.
Left to Right Hurdle Side Shuffle – This time look to go down and back before pausing. Before you were pausing on each end of the hurdles. Now if you’re starting on the right side of the hurdles, you’ll end up pausing on the right side. Try to be as fast as you can off the outside.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Agility and Conditioning Workout for Lacrosse.” To check out Coach Moser’s original team agility workout from last summer, click here.