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