The 2013 NCAA Championship coaching staff at the University of Duke along with Head Coach, John Danowski, provide you with a more advanced drill that incorporates setting a pick, which then creates two players that can be options for the feeder. This will also teach the player that uses the pick to not take off until the picker is set and stationary.
Drill Setup: One player sets up about 5-7 yards above and outside the crease. The second player that will set the pick is also about 5-7 yards above the crease and about 10-15 yards outside the other pipe. The feeder is a couple of yards below GLE about 10 yards away from the pipe.
Athlete Movements: The player runs and sets the pick, the other player runs off the pick and has his stick up ready for the pass. But as soon as the player runs off the pick, the picker turns to face the feeder for a quick pass (Pop) and shot. The feeder has two options to pass to for a shot.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.
In this segment, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach & Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Ricky Fried, focuses on the importance of quick ball movement in a simple but effective “Speed Passing Drill.” Players work through the drill in pairs as they pass the ball quickly back and forth to each other. For coaches at any level, this drill is a good way to evaluate your players’ mechanics and provide instant feedback.
Drill Setup: Players work in pairs and position themselves approximately 15 yards apart from each other. Coach Fried sets a one-minute clock for this drill.
Athlete Movements: Players work on quickly passing the ball back and forth to each other.
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.
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.
Expert youth lacrosse coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, goes over the simplicity yet effectiveness of what he calls the best play in lacrosse, the “Give ‘n Go”. This play is great because an offensive player is able to take advantage of an opponent’s tendency to relax after the offensive player has passed the ball to a teammate. He also goes over a great move for the more advanced player.
Drill Setup: Coach Davis goes through a simple whiteboard illustration of the drill concept.
In this exclusive all-access look, we return to Jersey City, New Jersey for a glimpse inside a recent St Anthony’s High School basketball practice. Watch as legendary head coach Bob Hurley leads his squad through a number of full court team drills, including “4 Passer Layups” and “3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket.”
4 Passer Full Court Layups
A total of four feeders set up stationary at the hash marks of the basketball court (between half court and the baseline). One at a time, players will pass to each designated feeder while sprinting down the length of the court and then finish with a layup at the other end.
Coaching Points: It’s crucial that players protect the ball at all times. Be sure to take it hard to the rim on each rep. Get up and get off your feet. Make this drill as game-like as possible.
Coach Hurley eventually halts the drill to talk things over with his team, stressing that countless times players will catch the ball and then immediately take it to the side of the body. Because of this, players are getting stripped when going to the basket. When players release their left hand, don’t drop it. Keep it there so you can hold the defender off and are able to shoot the ball while protecting the layup.
3-on-2 + 2 Attacking the Basket
This end-to-end drill goes nonstop for two minutes. It’s also a tremendous drill for guards to work on their creativity, decision-making, and build confidence out on the basketball floor.
Three players should spread out evenly on the baseline looking to attack the other end of the court. The middle player will start with the ball. Two additional players are just behind them and chasing. Meanwhile, at the other end of the floor are two defenders waiting to guard the three offensive players coming down. At first, the three offensive players have an advantage if they attack and score fast. If they don’t, the two chasing defenders will quickly make it a 4-on-3 and the defense will then have the advantage.
After the play runs its course,the chasers become the next two defensive players and a new set of players are already sprinting down court. It’s truly nonstop for two minutes. After the 120 seconds are up, switch up the groups.
Tips: We don’t want the wing players to be creative in this scenario. Instead, the wings should look to catch the ball and immediately attack the basket. There’s no time to get fancy here. Take it right to the rim.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Bob Hurley.” To check out the entire All-Access lineup, including new videos featuring Frank Haith and Rob Fulford, click here.