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Use Playing Cards to Improve Goalie Hand-Eye Coordination!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

USC head coach and All-American goalie at the University of Virginia, Adam Ghitelman, uses the “Las Vegas Hand and Eye” drill to train goalies to bring their top hand to the target. This innovative drill will challenge your goalkeepers to be patient and make efficient movements to secure a save.

Las Vegas Hand and Eye

Drill Summary: Have goalies stand five yards away from a coach who has a deck of playing cards. The coach throws a playing card to each player, one at a time. Players must work on making contact with the card using their top hand. Make sure athletes are watching the card all the way in and catching it or making contact. Patience is key – don’t react too soon! If it’s too windy outside, this drill can also be done indoors.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Encyclopedia of Goalkeeping.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Learn Sean Kirwan’s “3v2 Push Pull” Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sean Kirwan, Brown University assistant men’s lacrosse coach, helped head coach Lars Tiffany lead the Bears to the 2016 NCAA D-I Final Four. In this clip, Coach Kirwan shows you the “3v2 Push Drill,” which forces offensive players to maintain spatial awareness as they try to get a “dunk” shot near the goal.

3v2 Push Pull

Drill Summary: Set up with three offensive players and two defensive players (with a goalie) on one side of the cage. Have a coach enter the ball to the offense, then play is live. Offensive players must stay on the same side of the cage to work on their spacing, stepping into seams, ball movement and getting shooting opportunities. Players should aim to get a shot inside 8 yards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Basic & Advanced Man Up Offense.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve Your Players’ Communication Skills!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Winning championships is impossible if your team doesn’t possess communication skills. Joe Amplo, Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, helps discourage poor communication by putting his players through the “I-Talk” drill.

I-Talk

Drill Summary: Begin the drill with a full offense and full defense. Designate one player on defense as the “talker.” Only the talker is allowed to communicate, and the rest of the defenders must remain silent. Allow the offense to move the ball around and try to score while the talker communicates as much to their teammates as possible. Make sure different players get a chance at being the talker so everyone can improve their communication.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fixing Common Defensive Mistakes.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Teach Youth Players Time and Room Shooting!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Glen Ridge High School (New Jersey) assistant coach, Paul Schwern, teaches young lacrosse players how to shoot with time and room at a shorter distance to the net. After athletes master the fundamental grip, point of receiving the ball and follow-through, they’ll be ready to shoot from long range.

Time and Room Drill

Drill Summary: Have athletes line up in a single-file line about eight yards in front of the cage. One at a time, have a coach throw a ball slightly behind players and have them unload a shot into the net. Players’ top hands should be loaded and their stick should start extended out behind their head. After receiving the ball, use an overhead shooting motion and follow through. On the shot, encourage players to keep their elbows up and have their eyes on the target.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Boys).” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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