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Stop More Shots Using These Goalie Techniques!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two key components that go into championship-level goalkeeping are hand movement and footwork. In this clip, Syracuse University assistant coach, Kevin Donahue, explains how keeping hands comfortable and relaxed while conditioning the lead and trail leg of the goalie can help them become a more consistent presence in the net.

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Drill Summary: When defending shots, make sure the goalie’s top hand is soft on the stick and they’re holding the stick away from their body (this prevents rebounds). As the goalie moves the stick around to defend shots, it’s important that both hands work together. The feet should follow wherever the hands move first. Remember to move the trail leg after moving the lead leg, otherwise the goalie will allow a large hole between their legs for shooters to take advantage of.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Soft top hand.
2) Hands out and away from body.
3) Move the stick in arcs.
4) Feet follow hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Building a Championship Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Develop Better Agility on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

If you’re looking to build faster, more agile players, the “Cut Drill” from Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, Eric Markovcy, is an exercise you’ll want to learn. By working on speed, footwork and direction, your athletes will be able to maneuver around the field and improve all aspects of their game.

Cut Drill

Drill Summary: Set up six cones in a zig-zag formation. There should be about four yards between each cone. Coach Markovcy uses resistance bands with his athletes in this drill. Players start at one end of the cones and run from cone to cone, zig-zagging and focusing on planting their foot, pivoting, squaring their shoulders and accelerating toward the next cone. Do reps with resistance bands first, then without bands second.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pivot on outside foot at each cone.
2) Bend at the hips when pivoting.
3) Square shoulders after pivoting.
4) Explode to the next cone.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Get Athletes to Protect the Ball and Survey the Field!

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

Ann Elliott, head women’s coach at the University of Colorado, teaches her players to read the defense and exploit its vulnerabilities. The “Offensive Stickwork & Defensive Footwork” drill does a great job of training players to protect the ball from the defense while keeping their eyes up to spot attacking opportunities.

Offensive Stickwork & Defensive Footwork

Drill Summary: Set up a line of cones across the field with five yards between each cone. A coach stands near the end of the line of cones, while the players line up at the beginning in pairs of offense and defense. Each pair of players goes up the field. The offensive player carries a ball and does a “stop and go” or “rocker dodge” at every cone. The defensive player shuffles their feet, throws checks and focuses on staying balanced. While this is happening, the coach at the end of the cones holds up different numbers with their hands every few seconds. The offensive players must shout out which number the coach is holding up. Do this exercise down and back on the field.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shuffle feet on defense.
2) Throw checks on defense.
3) Do “stop and go” and “rocker dodge” at cones on offense.
4) Stay balanced on defense.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Team Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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