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Learn Three Ways to Defend a Pick & Roll!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two time All-American defenseman at Georgetown University and Schmeisser Award winner as a senior, Brodie Merrill, runs through the three different ways to defend a pick & roll. The offense’s actions determine which method of defense is the most effective, and Merrill demonstrates how to pull off each one.

Defending the Pick & Roll

Drill Summary: The first defensive option against the pick & roll is staying. To stay, have the defender guarding the screener push the screener forward so the on-ball defender can get through and stay with their man.

The second option is switching. The key to switching is communicating between teammates before opening up and swapping the person each defender is guarding.

The third and final option is jumping the ball carrier. To jump, communicate between teammates, then double the ball as the screen is being set. It’s important to deny passes to the roller while doubling, so be sure to harass the ball handler’s hands after jumping them.

Keys to the Drill:

1) For “staying,” push the picker through.
2) For “switching,” communicate and open up to the ball.
3) For “jumping,” double the ball carrier.
4) For “jumping,” harass the ball carrier’s hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Shut Down Your Opponent in a Fast Break!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Training your players to find the ball when the opponent breaks out on the attack can be a difficult task. With the “Basketball Drill” from Franklin & Marshall head coach, Mike Faith, you’ll be able to teach your defenders to adapt and make quick decisions when the opposing team’s offense is bearing down.

Basketball Drill

Drill Summary: To set up, place a line of cones ten yards in front of the restraining line, and have four defenders line up on the restraining line (facing the goal). Three yards behind the defenders, have four offensive players line up. To begin the drill, the coach gives the ball to one of the four offensive players and blows the whistle. Everyone begins running toward the goal, but the defense isn’t allowed to turn around until they get to the cones. Play is live, with the offense trying to score a quick goal and the defense trying to stop them.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Locate the ball.
2) Play the passing lanes.
3) Cut off the ball.
4) Communication.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual & Team Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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