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Improve Defensive Communication and Offensive Recognition!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Rollins College head women’s lacrosse coach Dennis Short knows a thing or two about coaching lacrosse – he took the Tars from a startup program to the D-II Final Four in just five years! In this drill, defensive players will learn to communicate and operate at a disadvantage while the offense takes advantage of any mismatches they create.

Hopkins Drill

Drill Summary: Begin with five offensive players, a goalie in the net and two defenders on the inside. The rest of the players split into two lines (one offense and one defense). The offense begins by passing the ball freely between each other. After each third pass, the next member of the defensive line joins the drill until it becomes 5-on-5. Once both teams are matched up evenly, play becomes live and the group plays until the offense scores or the defense secures the ball. If the defense wins, they get to go on offense. As players get better at the drill, you can decrease the amount of passes between each defensive player entering the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Defense and offense need to communicate.
2) Attack mismatches.
3) Quick ball movement.
4) Intensity!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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.

Limit Your Opponent’s Scoring with Zone Pressure Defense

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

In 2012, Dennis Short helped his team at Rollins College become the #2 Scoring Offense and #4 Scoring Defense in the country. Coach Short’s 4v3 Drill on zone pressure is a great small sided defensive drill that can be used to progress to other various zone pressure drills. Watching this video clip will give you an understanding of how to improve triangle defensive slides and communication.

4v3 Drill – Zone Pressure Defense

Player Movements: This drill begins with 4 attackers set up in a box around the 8 meter mark and 3 defenders, the defense is matched up against the ball at the top and on the 2 low attackers who are behind.

Drill Essentials: The attacking aspect of the drill is learning to play poised against high pressure defense. As for the defense, the focus is on forcing the ball to your help from the start, playing aggressive defense to take away the passing lane, and being aware that the goalie can serve as a 4th defender.

Drill Tips: Coach Short’s tip for this drill is to use names!!! And be directive. Zone defensive play requires a high amount of directive communication to be successful.

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

Install a High Pressure Defense & Use Small Group Games to Get Better Today!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

We have just come out with two new Lacrosse DVDs featuring Dennis Short, Rollins College Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. He took Rollins from a startup program to the Division II Final Four in just five years! Discover new small sided games that you can use in practice. Also, develop a solid high pressure defense that will prevent the opponent from creating a strong attack.

Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development

  • Develop your players’ skills with fast-paced drills and game-intense reps that will maximize your practice time
  • Build your conditioning right into your practice drills
  • Effectively mirror game situations attackers and defenders will face when playing around the cage

Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development

Installing a High Pressure Defense

  • Create significantly more turnovers and greatly reduce your opponents’ shots on goal
  • Disrupt the settled attack used by many teams
  • Stop reacting to your opponent’s offense and start dictating play with your defense

Installing a High Pressure Defense

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