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Go behind the scenes in College Park, Maryland as the University of Maryland women’s basketball team conducts an early season practice. Follow head coach Brenda Frese as she guides the Terps through a pair of rapid-fire team drills, including Argentina Passing, a demanding full-court exercise that gets players hustling, communicating, and focusing on key fundamentals.
Transition and Secondary Break
Overview: This drill works on picking up the loose ball on a turnover and making the most of your transition. In the first transition there will be one or two defenders, and in the secondary break there will be five defenders.
Player Movements: Keep moving toward the basket while maintaining good spacing.
Drill Essentials: Be aggressive in the transition in order to score when you have numbers up. Avoid back to back turnovers.
Drill Tips: Depending on the number of defenders in the first transition will determine how to attack the basket. With only one defender you want to go for the basket, if there are two defenders then you can make quick passes to find the open shot.
Overview: A full-court drill, Argentina Passing gets your players to focus on passing and hustling. Players get into lines in the corners of the court, middle of the baseline, and hash marks near the sideline — on both ends of the floor.
Player Movements: Following a pass, players will either run across or diagonally, depending on which line they are in. For instance, the hash players will sprint back and forth across the court while the corner players go diagonal. Players in the middle go back and forth down the middle of the court to opposite ends.
Drill Essentials: Pass the ball around the perimeter of the floor for three minutes straight. Don’t let the ball hit the floor or the drill continues another 25 seconds. Look to get two balls going in the drill at once. Balls start in the middle. Also, in terms of direction, the ball should always go to the right.
Drill Tips: Essentially, players are catching the ball, pivoting, stepping, and then passing before sprinting to the opposite end of the court. Be sure to call the person’s name out you’re passing to. Meanwhile, get your butt down and play down low. Always give the passer a target.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”All Access Maryland Women’s Basketball with Brenda Frese.” To view the latest video selections in the All Access lineup, click here.
We’ve recently covered the Chin, Point, and Low options in the Princeton Style Offense. Now it’s time to review some fantastic 3-on-0 drills catering towards these strategies. Follow along with coach Lee DeForest as he breaks down each drill and then shows you how it fits into the overall system. Finally, watch his players run through the drills at full speed to see how you can easily implement them in your own practice.
Breakdown Drills for Chin
Overview: In Chin, you don’t know exactly when you’ll be able to go backdoor. So this drill works on players dribbling at the wing and making a backdoor pass.
The Drill Breakdown: Run the drill 3-on-0. Get one player up top and two wing players. The man up top with the ball will wait for the overplay by the defense and then “dribble at backdoor” and towards the wing. Meanwhile, his teammate will cut backdoor and a pass is made for a strong finish. After each rep, have the players rotate spots.
Coaching Points: Timing is so key here, so be sure to emphasize this with your players. For instance, the wing players don’t want to leave until AFTER the ball is dribbled towards him/her. Also, have your players shoot layups with a variety of finishes to simulate game-like situations.
Breakdown Drills for Point
Overview: Keep the 3-on-0 format, however, this time have the post player work on catching the ball and chinning it before making a strong move.
The Drill Breakdown: The ball handler up top dribbles down the middle of the court while the post guy flashes up from the block to the free throw line. The post player then catches the ball. From here, practice chinning the ball and then have the post guy follow the player who just passed him the ball.
Next, the passer sets an away screen before popping back and receiving the pass from the original post guy. The post should follow the ball to set a good ball screen. It’s key that the ball handler makes a good read here. For instance, you can come off the ball screen and take a shot OR you can drive and attack the basket for a layup OR you can attack the basket and kick it out to an open teammate. Be sure to rotate positions after each rep.
*Practice on both sides of the basket and court.
*Run 2-3 drills for 2-3 minutes every day.
*Run the drills at game pace.
*Run through all options.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look, we visit Stanford, California for a recent strength and conditioning session with the Stanford University women’s lacrosse team. Watch as Stanford sports performance coordinator Lesley Moser leads the team through a variety of agility and conditioning drills designed to improve quickness, acceleration, and cutting – three key areas that can make a huge difference out on the lacrosse field.
Agility Workout – Part I
In the following exercises, players spread out along a designated line on the lacrosse field. You will also notice a number of cones set up in front of the players about five yards apart to designate boundaries in each drill.
Left Shuffle – Shuffle out for five yards and then shuffle back. Stay low at all times and don’t bounce on the shuffle. Your toes should always be facing forward (as well as your knees and shoulders).
Right Shuffle – This exercise is basically the same as before, but this time players will shuffle on the right side for five yards and then come back. Be sure to get a good slide. Also, make sure your feet stay apart and don’t come together.
Crossover Skip – This time go out 10 yards and then come back. As for the crossover skip motion, players will want to crossover with one leg before immediately going back up with the second leg.
Carioca – Head out 15 yards and then come back. Be sure to let the knee drive the hips with this motion.
Agility Workout – Part II
Next up in the circuit will be a series of side shuffles using mini hurdles. These are truly some effective exercises that really challenge athletes from start to finish.
Left to Right Hurdle Side Shuffle – Using the mini hurdles, players will move quickly back and forth while pausing on each end of the hurdles. Knees and toes should be up in front of you at all times. As you get to the outside, pause and hold. Hold there until your coach gives you the okay to continue. Go three times each way and then switch.
Drill Tips: Stay low while driving the knees toward the chest. Look to maintain fast arms and fast feet throughout.
Left to Right Hurdle Side Shuffle – This time look to go down and back before pausing. Before you were pausing on each end of the hurdles. Now if you’re starting on the right side of the hurdles, you’ll end up pausing on the right side. Try to be as fast as you can off the outside.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD ”All Access Agility and Conditioning Workout for Lacrosse.” To check out Coach Moser’s original team agility workout from last summer, click here.
Follow along with Colgate lacrosse coach Mike Murphy as he reveals two of his team’s favorite high-energy drills. During each segment, Coach Murphy provides insightful commentary as his players work through the drill at full speed. Meanwhile, expect a strong emphasis on fundamentals, quick decision making, and replicating game conditions.
Zip and Skip (Attack and Midfielder Drill)
Overview: It’s important that players are not afraid of throwing the ball away. Coaches will frequently catch players trying to aim passes and that’s just not good. Instead, focus on throwing the ball hard and getting the ball in and out of the stick as fast as possible. As an offensive unit, we want to be zipping the ball around the outside to keep one step ahead of any defense. Look to implement this drill to get the ball moving faster among offensive players.
Drill Set-up: Establish four lines that are well spread out. Have two lines start on the GLE but on opposite wings. The two others should be about 20 yards away and also on opposite sides of the field. Using two lacrosse balls at a time, make passes going around the horn from line to line. Look to go quicker and be sure to talk to each other throughout.
Points of Emphasis: The “Zip and Skip Drill” simulates moving the ball quickly on offense. The idea is that it’s a passing and shooting drill. For instance, we want to get our feet set while moving into the ball and get it moving in and out of our stick as fast as possible.
Remember, the faster you can move the ball on offense, the longer it takes for the defense to recover. This puts you into a terrific position to get goals, especially on the backside of the cage.
Apache Ground Ball Drill
Overview: The “Apache Drill” focuses on ground ball players working off two defenders. In this common scenario, how exactly do we recover back in offensively and defensively? This drill is also terrific in teaching your players to play with confidence in unsettled situations.
Drill Set-up: Get six defensive guys running in a circle and then six offensive guys opposite of them. One coach will roll out a ground ball somewhere on the field and then proceed to call out a player’s name. That player will immediately battle for the loose ball.
Meanwhile, send two defenders to the ball against that offensive guy. Offensively, make sure you’re getting to your proper spots on the field. Also, the player with the ball should have his proper support to make a pass. Le t the drill play out from here, either resulting in a shot, clear, or turnover.
Drill Tips: When you scoop up the ball offensively, look to attack off two passes. If the defense scoops it up, work on clearing the ball up field.
The previous drills can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High Tempo, High Energy Practice Drills“ with Mike Murphy. Click here to check out a selection of our best-selling lacrosse videos featuring effective team practice drills.
In this month’s player development feature, pick up a variety of essential save techniques that will go a long way towards boosting the back end of your defense. With Syracuse coach Kevin Donahue as your guide, learn about goaltender tips and tricks that you can start implementing immediately with your own netminders.
Tips & Tricks: Goalie Save Techniques
Soft Top Hands – For effective goaltending, the overall emphasis should be placed on the top hand and having soft top hands. Don’t grab the stick with a death grip. This could come back to haunt goalies on rebounds. Therefore, your hands must be out and away from the body.
Hands Together – Another key is to use the bottom hand together WITH the top hand (versus having a dominant bottom hand). For example, if you go for saves using a dominant bottom hand, you may have a slower save reaction time or place too much emphasis in one area. Your hands also must be comfortable and relaxed.
Follow with the Feet – As for your feet, the key here is to make sure they are following the hands. Coach Donahue always tells his players that the hands move first but the feet follow. It’s essential that you follow with the feet.
Lateral Movement – In the past, coaches used to teach attacking the ball. However, this tactic stopped about 10 years ago. Quite simply, shooters are more accurate and faster, and we realized that most goalies weren’t getting to the corner pipe as much. This is why most feet movements now are lateral (or sideways).
Trail Leg Tips – In the video below, you will notice how the goalie brings his trail leg in right away. Young goalies might leave their trail leg behind. However, this opens up the five-hole and can make them off balance, especially on low shots. By bringing that trail leg, you create a “leg, stick, leg” wall.
Tips for Making Saves Down Low
When it comes to making saves down low, one of the biggest things that goaltenders do wrong is trying to catch the ball. This is not a habit you want your goalies to get accustomed to as a lot of bad things can happen.
For instance, the bottom hand often moves back behind the player and forces the shoulders to turn. Since the goalie is now sideways, it’s really easy for the ball to go in the goal in this position. Plus, if you try to “catch” the ball high, the stick gets particularly small. The biggest surface area is when the hands are out front and the shoulders are back.
On low saves, make sure the feet follow and be in the biggest possible position. It’s also important to get a proper angle with the stick on low shots so that the ball hits the stick and comes right back down. A bad angle could lead to shots rolling up on you and ultimately into the cage.