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Lehigh University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Eric Markovcy, uses a ladder drill that is designed to keep the players’ feet under them. In addition, it is important that the players lead with the proper foot when changing direction. Coach Markovcy also makes the drill more “game specific” by having the players do the ladder drill based upon his voice commands and also upon his hand signals.
Drill Summary: In the ladder drill he stresses hips low and chest high and proud. With the chest up he also wants the eyes up so that the players have the vision to see everything. The players go through the drill with their sticks in their hands. On his mark, the player steps in with both feet and then out with both feet. The players will go both right and left.
Teaching Point: Progression to the voice or hand signals should only be done once mastery of the initial ladder drill is achieved.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, walks through a drill that is good to get a defender to rush out at the shooter with a pump fake, then roll into the middle of the field for a shot on goal.
Athlete Movement: The passer that starts the drill can be a player or a coach at GLE and ten yards outside the pipe. He passes the ball to the player who will catch the ball about 12-15 yards above GLE and at the other set of hash marks. The player takes a step or two and pump fakes a shot, which would be used to draw out or freeze a defender. He then takes a couple more steps into the open area and takes a shot on the run.
Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, provides you with a drill that emphasizes defensive footwork. This drill can also serve as a conditioning drill for your team.
Drill Summary: The athletes form three lines. The first player in each line faces the coach and begins to backpedal in a defensive stance. As the coach points right or left, the players shuffle in that direction. On the whistle, all three players turn and sprint to the opposite sideline.
Archbishop (MD) Spalding Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, shows you a drill called 10 Yard Fight. This drill begins to set the foundation for youth players to play solid defense using their feet and body position, while giving the offensive player an opportunity to practice using several different dodges.
Drill Summary: This is a quick drill to set up using cones that are set 10 yards apart from each other into a square. The older your players are, you can widen or lengthen the distance between the cones. The object of the drill is for the offensive player to begin at one end of the box with a ball in his stick and to successfully get to the other side without being pushed out of bounds or dropping the ball. The drill can be done in a progressive manner where the defender may not have a stick, and work up to using a stick. You can make this drill competitive with one player having to do five push-ups if they are pushed out, or something similar. Coach Davis feels that this drill can be used from kindergarteners all the way up to college.
Teaching Points: Coach Davis uses several different catch phrases to engrain certain points to the defensive players. Some examples are “keep your nose behind your toes”, “hands on hips” and “keep your feet moving.”
In this segment we are presented with two scenarios involving ball screens within the Triangle and Two Defense featuring Rick Majerus. The former National Coach of the Year teaches you that the first line of defense with any screen is communication! In the first situation, a ball screen is being set for the third best shooter while the second scenario involves both offensive players who are being chased in the Triangle and Two.
Player Movements: The first ball screen scenario starts with #4, who is not a skilled offensive player, ball screens for #3. Coach Majerus switches this ball screen involving both defenders, who are part of the triangle zone. #4 in blue switches out onto #3 in white, forcing #3 in white to dribble the ball outside of the 3-point line. #3 in blue, who switches to the screener (#4 in white), sags middle and leaves #4 in white wide open.
In the second part of this clip, #2 in white will down screen for #11 in white. Once again, this is a switch for the defense. #11 in blue is two passes away and is playing a step below the line of the ball so that he is not back cut prior to the screen. As #2 in white goes to down screen, #2 in blue calls out the screen.
Drill Essentials: Communicate with your teammates in every screen situation.
Drill Tips: Coach Majerus wants players to switch and immediately deny the down screen between the two offensive players who are being chased in this defense. Coach Majerus shows how, in the point to wing pass, he wants to force a back door cut into the triangle zone.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Complete Guide to the Triangle and Two Defense.” To view the latest video selections on Basketball Defensive Philosophy, click here.