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Be in the Correct Position on Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, Joe Amplo, shows you a drill for positioning on defense. To keep offensive players from gaining an advantage, being in the right spot on the field depending on the location of the ball is crucial for a team’s success.

Live Approach Drill

Drill Summary: This drill is designed to work on a defender’s approach off of two passes. Set up with a single defender five yards in front of the goal (landmark position), an offensive player 10 yards behind the cage, an offensive player on the wing and one more out front. When the ball is with the offensive player out front, the defender should be in landmark position. As it’s passed to the wing, the defender should begin their approach and get to roughly halfway between landmark and their man (the player behind the cage). If the ball is passed to the player behind the cage, the defender completes their approach while staying in a good stance. During the drill, pass the ball between the offensive players at full speed and have the defender work on their positioning.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fixing Common Defensive Mistakes.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at!

Develop Straight Up Approach Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The approach is an essential part of individual defense and preventing opposing players from getting where they want to go. Jon Torpey, head coach High Point University, uses the “V-Footwork” drill to get his athletes tons of reps that will help them be ready to execute an approach during a game.


Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual and Team Defense Drills & Techniques.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at!


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