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Protect the Ball with Good Body Positioning and Stick Skills!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Northwestern University Head Women’s Coach, Kelly Amonte Hiller, gives guidance on stick protection and cradling. She explains how a player can use good body positioning and stick skills to protect the ball in their stick while still being a threat to their opponent.

Stick Protection And Cradling

Coach Hiller gives an assortment of tips on how to use the body, as well cradling, to help your team keep the ball in their stick and keep control of the game.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Work on Cradling Techniques and Build Your Field Awareness!

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

Winningest Coach in NCAA Tournament History, Kelly Amonte Hiller, has players perform a partner passing drill while under pressure. This drill involves two players partner passing while two additional players are standing behind them acting as the opponent. The goal here is for players to build their cradling and awareness skills while throwing or receiving a pass.

Stick Protection Passing Drill

Athlete Movement: The drill starts with partner passing. As the ball is received, a player begins to protect the ball while the opponent behind them attempts to check their stick. After a few seconds of protecting, the ball carrier will throw the ball back to their partner and they repeat the process.

Drill Benefits: This is a great drill not only to get players to be aware of the area around them, but it also builds a player’s confidence when being challenged by an aggressive defensive unit.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Skill Development.




Develop Scooping and Cradling with a Fun Youth Lacrosse Drill!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this segment current assistant varsity coach at Lambert (GA) High School, Jason Breyo, offers a glimpse into one of his U9 practices. Watch as he guides his demonstrators through a relay race game in a youth practice. This is a great drill that can reinforce new skills and make practice fun for your youth team. 

Hungry Hippo Relay Races

Overview: In what he calls, “Hungry Hippo” Relay Races, Coach Brey separates the players into two groups and forms them into lines. The first team to get all their balls in the bucket wins.

Player Movements: On the whistle, the first player up will scoop a ground ball, cradle to the bucket, drop the ball in, and sprint back.

Drill Essentials: Each line is about 15 yards from a bucket. Make sure that you put the ball in the bucket and that it doesn’t bounce out.

Drill Tips: Focus on cradling the ball when picking it up off the ground. Have the races be a best of three series to encourage competition.

Check out an additional clip from Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run a Youth Lacrosse Practice.”  If you’re interested in more youth lacrosse coaching videos, click here.




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