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Dodge Defenders for a Clear Shot on Goal!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dodging is an essential skill for any lacrosse player that wants to become a force on the attack. Scott Tucker, head women’s coach at Limestone College, shows you a drill he teaches his players to help them work on dodging when nearing the goal, then firing an accurate shot.

Dodging Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a pair of cones about 10 yards in front of the net on one side. Every rep needs three players. Start with one player in the middle of the field, one player on the right side, and one player on the left side all 20 yards in front of the goal. The player in the middle starts with the ball, passes to the player on the weak side and cuts through in front of the net. The weak side player then throws a skip pass to the player on the far side, then pinches down to draw in their defender. Finally, the last player catches the ball, attacks the cones, executes a setup move on the cones (which are simulating a defender), then attack the middle and shoot. Coach Tucker recommends using small goals within the goal to give players a better target to aim at.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use a setup move and attack the defender’s top foot.
2) Get to the middle of the field.
3) Make the skip pass, then pinch.
4) Hit targets on the shot (lower posts).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Sets, Motion and Plays.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Improve Your Player’s Agility by Using Dodging Drills!

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

Two different and effective dodges are covered in this segment by former collegiate player and current high school coach, Jason Breyo. These drills are great for developing the stick work and cradling needed for long poles. Practice maintaining possession of the ball while executing the dodges and improving your player’s agility. 

Dodging Drills

Drill Essentials 

Goalies can participate in these drills along with the defenders. These dodging drills can be used with Attack and Middie players as well.

Player Movements 

The defenders are in a traditional line drill, facing each other, while Coach Breyo demonstrates how to perform each dodge and then the players practice the moves.

Drill Tips

Don’t expect perfect execution, but with emphasis on the proper principles and techniques, the players’ skills will develop over time.


Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” If you’re interested in more Individual Defense drills, click here.

Two Dodging Drills Incorporating the Speed Ladder with Nick Myers

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The dodge is one of lacrosse’s most fundamental aspects. This is an offensive attempt to elude the defense, protect the ball and set up your next move (whether it be a shot or pass). Because so many aspects of the game incorporate dodging, it’s a critical skill to learn. Plus, successful dodging enables your team to score goals. And while speed is a key element to a successful dodge, players also need to be explosive, quick and physical.

With Ohio State men’s lacrosse head coach Nick Myers leading the way, check out the following dodging drills that incorporate the speed ladder. See how you can implement the key tips with your squad this season so they can improve their dodging skills and overall explosiveness.

Speed Ladder Ground Ball Drill
One at a time, players will sprint through a ladder positioned on the field. Then, as the players approach the end of the ladder, the coach will roll a ground ball somewhere in the vicinity. The players must explode out of the ladder and scoop the ground ball and continue with a dodging move.

Each time through the ladder, the players should vary their footwork. This is a great way to work on ground ball repetitions as well, in addition to footwork, speed and quickness. For the ladder, anything from cariocas to quick feet or high knees will ensure variety and the use of different movements.


Speed Ladder w/ Ball Drill
In this drill, we’re really working on footwork, coordination and agility. Players will now start with the ball in their stick. When the players come out of the ladder, they will explode, address a cone, square their shoulders to the cone, and finish by putting a hard dodge on the cone.

Really try to focus on exploding out of the ladder and to the cone. Remember, an effective dodger is always explosive at the point of contact. Also, work on keeping your head up at all times. Adding full gear and a ball allows the players to get better reps when using the ladder, as well.

Don’t forget to vary your footwork within the ladder in these drills. For beginners, focus more on form than speed when utilizing the ladder. You can always speed things up when the players become more comfortable overall.


The following drills can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Explosive Skills and Drills for Offensive Lacrosse” with Nick Myers. To check out more offensive videos from our extensive collection, click here.


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