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Practice Picking Up Midfield Attackers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jack Kaley, German National Team head coach for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, presents a practice drill that pits two defenders against three offensive players in a numbers disadvantage situation. Defenders will work on sliding up to stop the ball and rotating accordingly.

Away Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, an offensive player and a defensive player five yards in front of the goal, another offensive and defense player 10 yards in front of the goal, and a midfielder at midfield with a ball. On the whistle, the midfielders sprints directly toward the goal. When they’re about 20 yards away, they must choose to go right or left. After the midfielder has chosen a side, the defender closest to the ball must run up and take the ball while the other defender rotates. The midfielder should attempt to throw a pass to the offensive player who’s open, and they try to score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Top defender picks up ball.
2) Defense needs to rotate.
3) Offense passes to the open man.
4) Defense needs to get in passing lanes, if possible.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Practice Drills for Building Solid Fundamentals.” 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!

Effective Pressure Riding Techniques: 10-Man Package

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A lacrosse team that rides effectively can generate extra possessions in the double-digit range. Ultimately, your team will cause key turnovers, get odd-man breaks, and have a better shot at coming away with a victory. This week, former NYIT head coach Jack Kaley explains his 10-man riding package, an effective system that recently netted his squad an average of 10 extra possessions per game.

Riding Overview and Key Concepts

Riding demands pressure by the riding team and hustle all over the field. At NYIT, the team features six different rides. According to Kaley, turnovers off of rides are some of the best turnovers you can get in a game because now you have numbers. When you get the ball back via rides, you normally end up with an extra man in transition. Plus, the pressing, turnovers, and extra possessions you get via riding far outweigh any goals you might give up.

NYIT starts incorporating riding techniques on day one of the season. Even early in the year and we’re doing 1-on-1 drills, the drill isn’t over until the team has cleared the ball. For instance, on a 1-on-1, if the offensive guy takes a shot, and the defender breaks out to receive the ball, the offensive guy must get back to get in the lane. He may not be able to get up to the man, but he can still deter the goalie from passing to that open defensive player.

We must stop the man who was playing the shooter. Once we stop him, it’s easier to cut off the rest of the players. The goal is to cut off all of the opponent’s top players, especially their top sticks or anyone breaking out up field. Remember, we are riding every single day, on every single drill.


Breakdown of the 10-Man Package

The first series is a ten-man package, or 90/100. This is a zone ride.

We always have a man on the ball and are always cutting off the adjacent player. Near the midline, we’ll have midfielders on the opposing midfielders. We will also have a midfielder zoning ball-side, and the player in the middle. Our zone attackman is zoning off-ball side.

Meanwhile, we will also have a long pole in the middle, perhaps over the midline or back. He is the quarterback of the ten-man zone. He is working with the outside guys. If the outside guys are down low, he will come back and they will go low. If they are high, he will stand to zone the middle.

Key: All of the on-side players should be cut off. Only the far-side players should have options. If the opponent goes over the top, for instance, with a cross-field pass to the opposite defender, players will bump up and play tight. Watch Coach Kaley diagram where the riders should move in this situation.

Any time the opponent gets the ball underneath us, we want to press, take away the outside, and force the ball carrier to roll back and to the inside. That’s where we have the most underneath support.

Also, it’s key to remember that the role of your zone players is to not take the ball away or cut the player off, but to pressure him back to the middle of the field. If we get our trap in the middle of the field, where we have a long pole pressuring from the top-side, we have three guys on the ball. If just one of them gets a check, we will have a 1-on-1 chance or possibly even a 5-on-3 opportunity.

Note: On all of your pressure rides, should the opponent clear the ball, your attack has to be within ten yards of the midline. This helps particularly with any throwbacks at the midfield.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Pressure Riding Techniques” with Jack Kaley. To check out more defensive-oriented videos, visit our extensive lacrosse library.

Jack Kaley Retiring After 17 Seasons at NYIT!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Saturday, August 1, 2009

Over the past 17 season at NYIT, head lacrosse coach Jack Kaley has established the Bears as one of the best and most respected programs in the nation.  Kaley guided the Bears to the NCAA DII championship in 2008, the fourth championship in school history.  The other three NCAA championships came in 1997, 2003, and 2005.

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New Lacrosse DVDs – Pressure Riding and Transition Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

We have recently released two new lacrosse DVDs with Jack Kaley: Pressure Riding Techniques and Pressure Transition Drills.  Kaley is the former NYIT Lacrosse Coach who has an amazing resume:

  • 4X NCAA Division II Coach of the Year
  • 4X NCAA National Champions (including the 2008 championship)
  • All-time winningest coach in Division I and II (84.3%)
  • 500+ wins
  • Team USA Assistant Coach
  • German National Team Head Coach


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