By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Syracuse University assistant coach, Kevin Donahue, teaches players how to clamp or counter against an opponent that wants to clamp on a face-off. This is a great live drill that is sure to improve your players’ face-off technique and ability to battle, and win, a ball that’s up for grabs.
Drill Summary: Set up with two lines of players. Have the first person in each line step forward — their job is to always clamp on the face-off. The next player in each line steps up and will face-off with the full-time clamper. Have both pairs of players face-off at the same time, with the person facing off against the clamper alternating techniques (clamping the clamper and countering the clamp). Each ball is live until one person can secure it. Continue rotating players through, and don’t forget to sub in new clampers every couple minutes.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Work on clamping the clamper.
2) Work on countering the clamp.
3) Go until someone wins the ball.
4) Focus on angles and technique.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
You can have the best technique in the world, but if you’re slow off the whistle, you’re still not going to win many face-offs. Lehigh University assistant coach, Will Scudder, presents a simple drill that can help players get used to firing quickly off the whistle to get your team more possessions.
Whistle Timing Drill
Drill Summary: This drill is for two players. Line up in a face-off situation, then have the coach back away. Wait for at least five seconds, then blow the whistle and have players fight to win the ball. This will train the body to stay in a stance for a long time, helping players focus on their timing on face-offs.
Keys to the Drill:
4) Keep your head outside the neutral zone.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Duke University assistant coach Ron Caputo shares one of the drills that he and head coach John Danowski use to control as many face-offs as possible. The Dead Stick drill is a precision drill that requires players to use sound technique to make sure they retain possession of a face-off.
Drill Summary: Two players get in a stance as though they were about to face-off. The first player’s job is to clamp the ball, put it between their legs and behind them on the ground, stay in the crab walk position when turning around (with their butt and back to the other player) and corral the ground ball. The second player assumes the face-off position, but doesn’t try to steal the ball until the first player puts it on the ground behind them. Another variation of this drill is to have the second player stand up at the start instead of getting in the face-off position. This forces the first player to explode out of their stance and concentrate on boxing out.
Keys to the Drill:
1) First player’s chest should be directly opposite the second player after the turn.
2) Exaggerate putting the other player on their back.
3) Get big on the box out.
4) Practice jamming.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Tony Seaman, the Denver Outlaws General Manager, takes you through the basics of the face-off. From the type of stickhead that is good for facing off to proper positioning of your hands, each aspect of the face-off is both discussed and explained in detail.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Denver Outlaws General Manager, Tony Seaman, tells you about one of the most important aspects of the face-off, beyond just the draw itself, which is wing play. One of the most varied aspects of lacrosse in relation to a team’s theory, is how to effectively play the wing on the face-off. However, coach Seaman breaks it down simply and provides excellent whiteboard illustration and explanation to convey the concepts.
The Face-Off: Wing Play
Athlete Movements: Your wings will line up hip-to-hip with the opponent and then move to shield them, preventing the opponent from gaining an advantage once the ball comes loose. Coach Seaman explains in simple terms exactly what the wing players should be doing to fulfill their responsibilities.
Communication between the middies and their teammate taking the face-off
Make sure your players are hip-to-hip with the opponent in order to block them