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Get Shooting Instruction from the 2014 NCAA Championship Coach!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this segment, Back-to-Back NCAA Championship Coach (2014 & 2013), John Danowski, teaches the mechanics of a quick catch and shot. The two keys of this drill are for the player who is shooting to catch the ball behind his head with his hands all the way back and then to transfer his weight from his back foot to his front foot as he shoots. The drill reinforces the concept of quickly catching and shooting.

Time and Room Shooting (Swat the Fly)

Athlete Movement: Have a coach or a player toss a ball in the air to the shooter. Toss the ball behind the player so that he can catch it behind his head and immediately shoot the ball while transferring his weight from his back foot to his front foot. The shooter should not cradle the ball.

Drill Benefits:

  • Good way for players to get a high number of reps without missed opportunities due to bad passes
  • Can be used by the Box lacrosse player where catching and shooting quickly is a must.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.

Catching Basics for Your Youth Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beth Larkin, 2010 New Jersey Coach of the Year, uses the Crosse Trainer to discuss catching basics. She advises players to keep their stick head out in front of the body and above the shoulder. Movement of each player’s feet is also stressed to ensure that they can get to the ball and catch it.

Catching Basics

For youth players, it is recommended that a coach throw balls by hand to players instead of having partners throw passes that may be too fast or inaccurate.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” To view the latest video selections on Lacrosse Skill Development, click here.

Catching Technique that will Help Your Team Maintain Possession

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In this segment Jason Breyo, Lambert (GA) High School Assistant Lacrosse Coach, teaches the defenders how to catch the ball over their shoulder while on the run. This drill helps to improve clearing the ball after a goalie save and also addresses player safety.

Over-the-Shoulder Catches

Player Movements:  To make the drill even more challenging, you can have the defensive player take a few steps after catching the ball and then pass with the same hand to a Middie or Attackman further up field.

Drill Essentials: Players must try to catch the ball without turning, slowing down, or stopping.

Drill Tips: The goalie has the important task of throwing a leading pass to the player, not behind them. If the player has to turn to make the catch, it not only slows them down, but also raises the risk of getting hit.

Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” If you’re interested in more Individual Defense videos, click here.

Walbeck Named E.L. Manager of the Year

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, September 17, 2010

Altoona Curve Manager Matt Walbeck has been named the 2010 Eastern League Manager of the Year, the league announced today.  It is the second time in Walbeck’s career that he has been named the E.L. Manager of the Year and it is the fourth overall distinction in the skipper’s six years as a manager.

Walbeck was a catcher in the Major Leagues from 1993-2003 with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, Anaheim Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers.  Walbeck partnered with Championship Productions on three instructional baseball DVDs focused on catching, titled The Basics of Catching, Secrets to Pitcher – Catcher Relationship, and Strength Training and Flexibility for Baseball.


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