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Work on a Variety of Offensive Skills with This Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Assistant Coach Mark Petrone of The Haverford School, has his team work for plays initiating from behind the cage. The Island Curl incorporates dodging, change of direction, quick release, and a mid-range shot.

Island Curl

How it Works: The drill begins with a passer (with a pile of balls) 20 yards above the cage and the others at X. A player at X with the ball initiates a dodge, runs up to the five and five (5 yds outside and 5 yds above the goal), rolls and takes a quick shot. He then rolls outside at the ten and ten, receives a pass and takes an outside shot at the goal.

Drill Tips: It is a great drill for Attackmen, but is also good for Middies for conditioning and shooting in tight space. The players standing at X need to be paying attention to shots that are off the mark.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” To view the latest video selections on Shooting Drills, CLICK HERE.




Create Space to Find the Open Shot!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, reinforces the need for players to learn to shoot on the run. The technique that he teaches is designed to create separation between the shooter and the defender, in order to get off a shot.

Shooting on the Run

How it Works: The drill begins with players approximately 5-7 yards above GLE. A player will pick up a ball and take only a few steps before jumping off their inside foot and shooting. Some might call the movement a “hitch” that is used to create separation from the defender.

Drill Tips: In this drill, continue to reinforce good shooting techniques that include getting the hands back and kissing the shoulder. Note that the shooters are aiming for the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would be protecting the near pipe.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Skill Development, CLICK HERE.




Learn Transition Defense to Stop the Fast Break!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jason Breyo, Assistant Coach at Lambert High School in Georgia, introduces the youth players to the concept of transition defense, otherwise known as stopping the fast break opportunity. The goal here is to slow the fast break to allow the other defensive players to get back and help.

Transition Defense 2-on-1

How it Works:  In this segment, he stresses to the defensive player to play the man with the ball.

Drill Tips: Do not commit too early or over commit so that the offense can recover and play the pass to the other player and be in a position to play that man.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse .” To view the latest video selections on Individual Defense, CLICK HERE.




Develop Speed and Agility in Your Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with tests that isolate specific abilities. This drill is a way to measure the agility and speed of players. It can be used especially with offensive players to develop their ability to move quickly and change direction in order to create space or dodge a defender.

Roundabout Drill

How it Works: This drill utilizes four cones; two for the start, one five yards up and five yards over, and a fourth, five yards over and five yards back, so that you end with a triangle shape. The athlete begins at the two cones. The timing begins upon the athletes’ first forward movement. They sprint to and around the middle cone, sprint to and around the far cone, from an inside-out direction. They sprint back around the top-middle cone and then finish by running back between the two starting line cones.

Drill Tips: For testing an athlete’s time, only one set up would be needed. But for training purposes, you could run the drill with several setups at the same time so that your entire team could have multiple reps in a short amount of time.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” To view the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning, CLICK HERE.






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