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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.

Prevent the Attackers from Creating Scoring Chances!

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

Rollins College Head Coach, Dennis Short, led his team to a 2012 NCAA Final Four appearance and knows what can take your defense to the next level. Coach Short’s defensive instruction segment provides great information on how to dictate where you want your attacker to go rather than reacting to your attacker.

Defensive Instruction

Drill Essentials 

Staying behind the attacker is key when they tuck in. This allows your defender to make a check on the opponent’s stick. It will also help you block the attacker from rolling and giving your fellow defender the chance to come to help.

Player Movements 

As the defender comes toward an attacker, line up the inside shoulder with the attacker’s shoulders. Run with the attacker in a trail position and keep your stick up. The defender will continue to stay behind and on the strong side of the attacker.

Drill Tips

For better “team” defense, focus on the mechanics of the body and hand positioning of forcing. Always maintain a trail position!


Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Installing a High Pressure Defense.” If you’re interested in more Team Defense drills, click here.


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