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Play Keep Away to Improve Your Defense!

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

One of the funnest ways for your team to get better on the defensive end of the field is to use a drill that has been around forever — keep away. 2015 NCAA Champion head coach, Bill Tierney, has his defense work on moving around and keeping their feet moving while down one player to the offense.

Keep Away

Drill Summary: Set up with anywhere from 5-7 offensive players within a rectangle that’s about a third of the entire field. Next, add defensive players (always one less than however many offensive players there are). The offense gets the ball, and their goal is to keep the defense from gaining possession. Go for a set amount of time, then switch offense and defense.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Move around.
2) Keep feet active.
3) Accurate passes.
4) Communication.

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

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Learn Backer Options within a Zone Defense!

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

The backer zone defense has been one of the staples of Scott Tucker’s defense during his time as head coach of the Limestone College women’s lacrosse team. In this clip, you’ll see some of the rotations and options that backers have within the defense and how to defend against certain offensive actions.

Backer Options

Drill Summary: Set up in a basic backer zone defense formation (goalie, a player just outside each post, a player on the points of the 8-meter arc, a player on each side of the top of the 8-meter arc, and a player at the top of the 12-meter fan). Next, add an offense. Let the offense pass the ball around the perimeter and cut players through the middle. The backer’s duty is to only double if the ball is inside the 12 meter fan. Let the perimeter players handle the outside offensive players, and only have the backer step up to guard the ball if the perimeter player gets beat. Call out cutters and rotate as the ball is passed around.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Backer only doubles if ball is inside the 12.
2) Rotate opposite the ball.
3) Call out cutters.
4) Recover after rotations.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Backer Zone Defense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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Defend Using a Basic Sliding Package!

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

Denver Outlaws general manager and three time National Coach of the Year, Tony Seaman, demonstrates a basic slide package against 1-3-2 and 1-4-1 offenses. Coach Seaman breaks down which defenders slide and which ones trail in this look at the sliding defensive system.

The Basic Slide

Drill Summary: Against the 1-3-2, the middle defender slides up to defend an offensive player who dodges toward the goal. As the middle defender slides over, the player who was guarding the dodger needs to trail the attacking offensive player and force prevent them from cutting back toward the middle. Against the 1-4-1, the player who slides is dependent on which side the offense dodges to; however, the same concepts apply (nearest middle defender slides over and the original defender prevents a cut back).

Keys to the Drill:

1) All slides start from the crease.
2) Middle defender needs to start in front of their man.
3) Middle defender slides and helps with the dodging offensive player.
4) Keep the offensive player from crossing the middle of the field.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Installing the Sliding Defensive System.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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