The best goalies are the ones that can shift their sticks at the blink of an eye to stop an incoming ball. Ivan Cohen, German National Team goaltending coach, runs his goalies through the “Quick Sticks to the Goalie” drill to reinforce the fundamentals of making point-blank saves.
Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and a shooter with a ball about five yards in front of the net. To begin, the shooter walks in front of the net (staying about five yards away) while firing quick shots at the goalie’s top side of their dominant hand. After completing shots to the dominant side, practice on taking shots on the off-side. Don’t allow rebounds and make saves with square feet to be ready to deliver an outlet pass.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Efficient footwork.
2) Keep the bottom hand at about 12 inches.
3) See the ball into the stick.
4) Drive hands to the ball.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Skills and Drills for the Lacrosse Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, presents two back strength drills that will help increase the power and balance of the upper body. Coach Markovcy shows you an exercise that can be done solo, and another that athletes can pair up and complete with a partner.
Drill Summary: There are two main exercises presented in the video.
1. Tug o’ War Row: Partners stand about two yards apart, facing each other. Both athletes grip a towel with each hand. Standing straight up, one athlete pulls the towels toward their body while their partner pulls back, providing some resistance. Go back and forth with each athlete switching roles. Do about five reps.
2. 3-Point Row: Bend over with one hand on a bench, with the lower back concave and a slight bend in the knees. From that position, grip the weight and pull it up until the elbow reaches the midline of the body. Work both sides of the body. As athletes become better with this, you can advance to the “Floor Row” progression. For the Floor Row, get in a push-up position and roll the hips as you pull up the weight to counter the weight.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Pull from back, not from biceps.
2) Elbow should come back to the middle of the body.
One of the first skills that youth lacrosse players must learn is how to cradle the ball correctly. In this exercise, former New Jersey high school Coach of the Year, Beth Larkin, shows a few young athletes where to put their hands, where to carry the ball and how to move their sticks.
Drill Summary: To cradle, a player’s bottom hand needs to be in the bottom six inches of the handle, while their top hand needs to be about 12-15 inches up the handle. Work on moving the ball in front of the body to both sides, with the bottom hand remaining loose and the top hand curling over the top. When the ball gets all the way on one side of the body, the player’s shoulders and the ball should line up.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Hand position.
2) Move the upper body with the cradle.
3) Envision keeping the ball away from a defender.
4) Top hand should curl over the top.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
LeMoyne College head coach, Kathy Taylor, encourages her players to not only be aggressive when shooting from close range, but also think about how to give themselves the best shot at scoring a goal. In this video, Coach Taylor discusses a few different strategies to use when approaching the net and being tracked down by multiple defenders.
Drill Summary: Line up with a goalie in the net, an attacker on the outside hash and a defender about three yards away on their left and right. The coach blows the whistle and the three players rush toward the goal. The attacker works on using their footwork to create space to shoot with their dominant hand while shielding the ball from the closer defender. Do this drill from multiple hash marks/angles to simulate more game situations.
Keys to the Drill:
1) If defender comes from the right, hold stick on the left side.
2) If defender comes from the left, hold stick on the right side.
3) Work on creating space to shoot (on dominant side).
4) Get under the middle defender from the outside hash.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Team Lacrosse Drills to Enhance Fitness and Fundamentals.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
Creator of the Attack and React Offense, Andrew Grantz, shows you how attacking the rim creates gaps within a defense, and ultimately creates high percentage perimeter shots for your offense. Take these attacking drills and skills, and build your offensive mentality to attack the rim. Apply these attack and react concepts and provide your players with the open looks they desire.
Athlete Movements: Coach takes you through the basic breakdown of the 4 out 1 in attacking and reacting offense. Coach focuses on the inside players reaction to an aggressive drive to the basket in order to create space for a high percentage field goal. Coach moves to the next aspect of phase 1 by adding another perimeter player. Now, both the perimeter and inside player will react to the aggressive drive. The inside player reacts opposite and the perimeter player will lift for a proper angle pass for a perimeter shot.
Teaching Points: The perimeter player should aggressively drive into the paint and the inside player needs to react to go opposite of the drive in order to create space and high percentage field goals.
For the next phase, the guard will take an aggressive drive with the post player reacting opposite, while the closest perimeter player will lift for an effective angle to create a perimeter shot.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “4-Out 1-In Attack & React: Attacking Drills & Skills.” View the latest video selections on Offensive Drills.