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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!

Learn to Handle Pressure and Score on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Limestone College head coach, J.B. Clarke, shows you a 2-on-2 drill that can help players get more comfortable finding the open man and passing out of a double team. Exercises like this one have helped develop Limestone into a D-II powerhouse on their way to back-to-back national championships.


Drill Summary: Split into groups of four players (two players with one color jersey, two with another color). Start 15 yards away on the goal line extended, with a goalie in the net. Roll a ball into the field of play. Both teams fight for control of the ball. Once one team controls the ball, they become the offense and the other team is on defense. The defense’s job is to double team the player that gets the ball initially. The offense’s job is to pass out of the double team and score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Control the ground ball.
2) Double team the ball on defense.
3) Handle pressure and pass out of the double team on offense.
4) Score the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Practice with JB Clarke.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Fight Out of a Leg Hook!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jordan Leen, University of Virginia assistant coach, walks you through how to counter an opponent that hooks your armpit with their leg when you’re looking for a “swing it and step on it” situation. Coach Leen shows you what he does to force opponents onto their belly, or even into a cradle.

Leg Hook Under the Armpit

Drill Summary: When you’re trying to go for a “swing it and step on it” move, but your opponent hooks your arm pit with their feet, this is the move that Coach Leen recommends. First, focus on keeping heavy hips and a high head/chest. Quickly shift your hips and crowd toward the opponent’s head, then work on catching a cradle. If your opponent starts to suspect this move, they might panic and flip over, allowing you to get on top of them.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The New Rules of Attack: Defense Against the Funk.” View other world class Wrestling videos!


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