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Learn Transition Defense to Stop the Fast Break!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jason Breyo, Assistant Coach at Lambert High School in Georgia, introduces the youth players to the concept of transition defense, otherwise known as stopping the fast break opportunity. The goal here is to slow the fast break to allow the other defensive players to get back and help.

Transition Defense 2-on-1

How it Works:  In this segment, he stresses to the defensive player to play the man with the ball.

Drill Tips: Do not commit too early or over commit so that the offense can recover and play the pass to the other player and be in a position to play that man.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse .” To view the latest video selections on Individual Defense, CLICK HERE.

Partner Exercises to Work on Your Defensive Mindset!

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

Experienced U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National team coach, Amy Bokker, puts together a defensive drill that is sure to prepare defenders of all levels to focus on the fundamentals of their defensive approach. Her ‘Defensive Box Breakdown Step Drill’ is a great way to start off partner work with a defensive mindset to get a lot of reps in before going into a small game environment.

Defensive Box Breakdown Step Drill

Drill Setup

You begin the drill with (4) cones and (2) players. Set up a rectangle about 15 x 8 yards. Players will begin on opposite sides of the rectangle (15 yards away from each other).

Player Movements 

The player that starts off with the ball will play defense, she will pass the ball outside of the box to the attacker, drop her stick and work hard to quickly make contact with her attacker as high as she can and as quickly as possible on an angle. She will do this 5 more times and then become the attacker.

After each partner has played defense, have the defender then utilize her lacrosse stick and concentrate on presenting the lane she wants the attacker to take by taking away the strong side with her stick and continuing to keep her defensive focus.

Drill Tips

– Body Positioning: Approaching at an angle to force your attacker out of the box
– Good Footwork: Breaking down your steps to keep the attackers movement lateral (east/west vs. north south)
– Good Hand Positioning: To control your attacker, turn her back and slow her down.


Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Take Charge Defensive Drills.” If you’re interested in more Women’s Lacrosse drills, click here.


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