Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, has Assistant Coach Lauren Moten walk the attack unit through a shooting drill. Coach Moten focuses on keeping sticks up and open toward the goal and using the wrists to throw fakes.
Athlete Movement: This drill is run with two lines simultaneously to maximize reps. One line starts from up top while a second line attacks from behind the goal.
A defender’s individual approach and body positioning are key skills for a strong team defense. Phil Barnes is the Assistant Coach on the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team, led by Head Coach Jenny Levy. In this segment Coach Barnes has his players work to improve their approach.
Drill Setup: This drill is setup with 2 players, a defender and an attacker, a goal and 3 cones that form a large triangle or the “roof of the defense.” This roof, helps the defender follow a path to force the ball carrier away from the middle of the 8m and 12m arch, and down the wing to a less threatening area.
Athlete Movement: To start the drill, the attacker will receive the ball and the defender will perform a “J” to gain good positioning on the ball carrier. The ball carrier will then attempt to work their way to the front of the goal challenging the defender. With good positioning, the defender forces the ball carrier around the 3 cones or “over the top of the roof” and down to a less threatening area. The ball carrier has the option to change direction a few times to challenge the defender’s stance.
In this youth lacrosse drill Glen Ridge (NJ) High School Assistant Coach, Paul Schwern, teaches players how to cradle with one hand while protecting their stick from a defender.
Athlete Movement: Players start in a single file line facing a cone about ten yards away. The first player up will cradle with one hand while running toward the cone. A defender is positioned at the cone to throw checks at the ball handler. Upon reaching the cone, the ball handler must switch hands and change direction to return to the end of the line.
Teaching Points: The key is for the ball carrier to use their body to protect their stick from the defender.
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Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dom Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.
Athlete Movement: The players begin with a ball at about 5 yards below GLE, on one side of the cage. The player then runs directly up field about 7-8 yards up above GLE, they then roll to the outside, take a step or two back towards GLE to create separation from the defender, change hands, and shoot on the goal.
Teaching Points: Two keys to this drill are for the player to keep the stick in close to protect it and to be sure to run far enough above GLE, so that they have space after turning around to still have an angle to shoot on the goal.
In this segment, we visit the home of the 2013 Final Four Shockers from Wichita State to see how Gregg Marshall and his coaching staff improve the ball handling of their guards. This is an excellent short series of two ball drills.
Ball Handling: 2-Ball Drills
Overview: Players are in a line at the free throw line facing half-court, and each player has two basketballs. Coach Marshall likes these drills to be done with heavy basketballs and big basketballs. Players dribble the two balls from the free throw line to half-court, pass back and forth once with a manager, then turn to dribble back to the end of the line. The series concludes with players again starting at the free throw line with two basketballs. They dribble to half court and back with added resistance from a manager.
Player Movements: Each player goes through once each with the heavy balls and the big balls using a same-time speed dribble, and then repeat the drill with an alternating dribble (one goes up, while one goes down).
Drill Essentials: Pound the basketballs, make a good pass – chest height, and receive a good pass.
Drill Tips: Make sure to use a one-handed push pass with their off hand to a manager and to make a one-handed catch with the pass back from the manager. In the resistance part of the drill it is key that the managers place resistance on the player’s shoulder on the dribble to half court and resistance on the player’s waist on the way back to the free throw line.