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Member of the US Women’s Lacrosse National team coaching staff, Amy Bokker, has her players demonstrate a 3v3v3 Draw Drill. This is a great drill for lacrosse players of all levels to develop their offensive and defensive skills. Your offense will improve on maintaining possession while the defense will learn to work together to close down space.
Player Movements: Begin the drill with 3 teams (Pinnie Dark/Light/No Pinnie or 3 different colors if you have that option). Dark and Light will begin by taking the draw with No Pinnie close by in the circle (each team will rotate to take the draw control). Each team will have 2 teammates outside the draw circle ready to get the draw and maintain possession for either 5 passes or 1 minute within the parameters. The two teams that do not get draw possession will work together and immediately double the ball.
Drill Essentials: The attack focus on the drill is to keep your feet moving to maintain position and moving to space. While the defensive focus is to double team the ball as well as her teammates, and maintain good communication to quickly identify where to double team.
Drill Tips: Although this drill has a collegiate focus with only 2 teammates on the draw circle this makes for a great progression opportunity for youth/high school level athletes. After each team gets 3 to 5 draw control attempts you can progress to a 4v4v4 and 5v5v5 environment.
In 2012, Dennis Short helped his team at Rollins College become the #2 Scoring Offense and #4 Scoring Defense in the country. Coach Short’s 4v3 Drill on zone pressure is a great small sided defensive drill that can be used to progress to other various zone pressure drills. Watching this video clip will give you an understanding of how to improve triangle defensive slides and communication.
Player Movements: This drill begins with 4 attackers set up in a box around the 8 meter mark and 3 defenders, the defense is matched up against the ball at the top and on the 2 low attackers who are behind.
Drill Essentials: The attacking aspect of the drill is learning to play poised against high pressure defense. As for the defense, the focus is on forcing the ball to your help from the start, playing aggressive defense to take away the passing lane, and being aware that the goalie can serve as a 4th defender.
Drill Tips: Coach Short’s tip for this drill is to use names!!! And be directive. Zone defensive play requires a high amount of directive communication to be successful.
In this segment Jason Breyo, Lambert (GA) High School Assistant Lacrosse Coach, teaches the defenders how to catch the ball over their shoulder while on the run. This drill helps to improve clearing the ball after a goalie save and also addresses player safety.
Player Movements: To make the drill even more challenging, you can have the defensive player take a few steps after catching the ball and then pass with the same hand to a Middie or Attackman further up field.
Drill Essentials: Players must try to catch the ball without turning, slowing down, or stopping.
Drill Tips: The goalie has the important task of throwing a leading pass to the player, not behind them. If the player has to turn to make the catch, it not only slows them down, but also raises the risk of getting hit.
Assistant Coach Mark Pittrone of The Haverford School puts the team through a warm up drill. This exercise is intended to strengthen shooting fundamentals and shooting with constant motion. This warm-up isn’t very strenuous on the players, but allows them to achieve a high number of shots in a short period of time.
Player Movements: Split the shooters into two lines, each five yards above GLE and 10 yards off the pipes. The first player passes to the other line and that player runs to the island in front of the cage, fakes high and then shoots low to a corner. The player that made the first pass is now the receiver and takes his turn shooting.
Drill Essentials: The players should call for the ball, make the fake high and snap the ball down hard.
Drill Tips: The key to this drill is for the players to be in constant motion and to keep both lines moving at a quick pace.
Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” If you’re interested in more Shooting Drill videos, click here.
In this week’s edition of All Access, we take a trip to Dallas, Texas for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an SMU men’s basketball practice. Follow along as Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown leads his team through the ‘Iverson Drill’ before moving into various sideline out-of-bounds plays.
The Iverson Drill
In this individual shooting/scoring drill, players will start along the wing and then, one at a time, sprint hard across the top of the key and just beyond a cone set up on the floor. At this point, players will use proper footwork to turn and face the passer (at the top of the key) and then receive the pass. From here, players will crossover or rip it across, make a strong move at the basket, and then finish with a layup. After working both sides of the floor with layups, players will eventually get into a series of pull-up jumpers.
Coaching Points: Players must make a strong crossover. Put the ball down quick and make two bounces only before exploding to the rim. Get the weight on your pivot foot.
Sideline Out of Bounds into Offensive Sets
In this next segment, players work on various sideline out of bounds plays that transition right into the team’s offensive sets.
The blue team has possession. Player 3 takes it out of bounds. Player 1 is on the nearside low block while player 5 is on the near elbow. Player 4 is on the farside elbow and player 2 is in the farside corner.
Watch as Coach Brown ensures that the players know their roles in the set (even taking one player aside to go over specifics). Meanwhile, this particular out of bounds play involves backdoors, post ups, and many other options. Once the offense takes control of the ball in the half-court set, the unit goes into a “Fist” set play directly from there.
As far as the defense, all five players are in a three-quarters denial mode and staying on their man tough. Once the offense gets possession and runs through a first play, the action going 5-on-5 from there (whether a miss or make).
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Larry Brown.” To check out more All Access videos, including new releases from Scott Drew and Greg McDermott, click here.