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Fight Through Contact to Scoop Up Ground Balls!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In this variable drill from Lehigh University assistant coach Chad Surman, players will work on absorbing contact as they pick up ground balls and increasing their foot speed. It’s important for long stick midfielders to learn to be tough in competition. Rule the midfield, rule the game!

Smash Pad and Foot Ladder Power GBs

Drill Summary: Set up with players in a single file line facing a coach standing about 10 yards away. Have one player/coach/manager standing in front of the players with a smasher pad. On the whistle, the player at the front of the line is rolled a ground ball from the coach. The player must scoop up the ground ball while absorbing a hit from the smasher pad and then flip the ball back to the coach. Continue the drill for each player in line. For the foot ladder drill, remove the smasher pad and place a foot ladder between the coach and line. After gathering the ground ball, players advance up the ladder getting one foot in each square and keeping the stick low.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Be strong through the motion.
2) Run through the ball.
3) Keep the stick low to avoid defenders.
4) Quick feet.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual Skill Development for Long Stick Midfielders.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Work On Scoring Off the Bowtie!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Jack Kaley, German National Team head coach and member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, guides you through two bowtie drills that improve team chemistry and scoring at the net. These practice drills are great to run during the season.

Crease & Double Bowtie Drills

Drill Summary: In the Crease Bowtie drill, the onside man picks for the offside man in front of the net, then they reset. While they’re doing this, a feeder runs up from behind the net with a ball, touches the goal line extended with their foot and feeds a player in front of the net for a shot. In the Double Bowtie drill, the first time the feeder comes up, both cutters are covered, so they must reset and attack again. The feeder retreats, then comes around the other side of the goal before feeding either player on the second attack.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Timing.
2) Footwork for the feeder.
3) Reset while looking at the ball.
4) Simulate reading the defensemen.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Practice Drills for Building Solid Fundamentals.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Develop Deadly Scorers from Behind the Net!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

University of Virginia associate head coach and offensive coordinator Marc Van Arsdale presents the “Two and Three Man Drill” that works on coming from behind the net to score goals. Drills like this one have made the Virginia lacrosse team a consistent national title contender.

Two and Three Man Drill

Drill Summary: For the Two Man Drill, players form a line ten yards behind the goal and ten yards off the goal on the goal line extended. The line on the goal line extended starts with balls. On the whistle, the first player in the line with balls passes to the first player in the other line. After receiving the ball, the player behind the net receives a screen from the player who just passed them the ball before sprinting to the front of the net and taking a shot. Players should switch lines after each rep. In the Three Man drill, keep both lines from the Two Man drill, but add another line ten yards in front of the goal. The drill begins the same way as the Two Man Drill, but instead of taking a shot on goal, the player from the line behind the goal comes up and feeds a cutter from the line in front of the goal for a shot.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Communication.
2) Set a game-like screen.
3) Crisp passes.
4) Timing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Attacking from Behind the Goal.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn to Dodge from Former Defensive Player of the Year Brodie Merrill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Part of what made former Georgetown University defenseman Brodie Merrill so good was his coach’s willingness to put him through offensive drills as well. Developing an all-around game was essential to Merrill’s success, and in this video you’ll learn to dodge in transition – a skill that made Merrill an intimidating presence on the field.

Transition Dodges

Drill Summary: This drill simulates a defenseman that has just crossed the midline. The drilling player matches up with a defender 1-on-1 and works on three different kinds of dodges: split dodge, bull dodge and face dodge. For the split dodge, the player sells the ball one direction, switches hands to get free then accelerates the other way for a shot. For the bull dodge, the player once again sells the ball one direction before accelerating the other way, but this time they keep the ball in their strong hand. Finally, for the face dodge, the player sells a shot or pass in front of the defender before tucking the stick in front of their face and sprinting past the defenseman. On each dodge, finish the drill with a shot.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Sell moves to create separation.
2) Ball control.
3) Ball protection.
4) Accurate shot on goal.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!






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