By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Jason Breyo, Assistant Coach at Lambert High School in Georgia, introduces the youth players to the concept of transition defense, otherwise known as stopping the fast break opportunity. The goal here is to slow the fast break to allow the other defensive players to get back and help.
Transition Defense 2-on-1
How it Works: In this segment, he stresses to the defensive player to play the man with the ball.
Drill Tips: Do not commit too early or over commit so that the offense can recover and play the pass to the other player and be in a position to play that man.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Two different and effective dodges are covered in this segment by former collegiate player and current high school coach, Jason Breyo. These drills are great for developing the stick work and cradling needed for long poles. Practice maintaining possession of the ball while executing the dodges and improving your player’s agility.
Goalies can participate in these drills along with the defenders. These dodging drills can be used with Attack and Middie players as well.
The defenders are in a traditional line drill, facing each other, while Coach Breyo demonstrates how to perform each dodge and then the players practice the moves.
Don’t expect perfect execution, but with emphasis on the proper principles and techniques, the players’ skills will develop over time.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Jason Breyo, Lambert (GA) High School Assistant Coach, shows you a 1 vs. 1 defensive drill that will help athletes learn the basics of playing good individual defense. This will also lead to developing the skills needed to play good team defense. Coach Breyo begins by teaching the developing defenders the importance of quick footwork in order to play solid defense.
1 vs. 1 Defense
Player Movements: This drill begins by having a defensive player take on an attackman without using the long pole. As the drill progresses and the player now uses the D-pole. The defenders are instructed again on proper positioning, using an effective poke check, staying on the attackman’s hands, and keeping the stick in front of the man.
Drill Essentials: For the attackman, emphasize the importance of beginning a drive with their off-hand, switching hands, and roll dodging. For the defender, focus on proper stance, direction that he wants to drive the offensive player, use of the drop step, shuffling his feet, and effective pushing.
Drill Tips: The defender should work on cutting across the crease to get a better angle on the attacker and keep them from getting closer to the goal.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
In this segment Jason Breyo, Lambert (GA) High School Assistant Lacrosse Coach, teaches the defenders how to catch the ball over their shoulder while on the run. This drill helps to improve clearing the ball after a goalie save and also addresses player safety.
Player Movements: To make the drill even more challenging, you can have the defensive player take a few steps after catching the ball and then pass with the same hand to a Middie or Attackman further up field.
Drill Essentials: Players must try to catch the ball without turning, slowing down, or stopping.
Drill Tips: The goalie has the important task of throwing a leading pass to the player, not behind them. If the player has to turn to make the catch, it not only slows them down, but also raises the risk of getting hit.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
In this segment current assistant varsity coach at Lambert (GA) High School, Jason Breyo, offers a glimpse into one of his U9 practices. Watch as he guides his demonstrators through a relay race game in a youth practice. This is a great drill that can reinforce new skills and make practice fun for your youth team.
Hungry Hippo Relay Races
Overview: In what he calls, “Hungry Hippo” Relay Races, Coach Brey separates the players into two groups and forms them into lines. The first team to get all their balls in the bucket wins.
Player Movements: On the whistle, the first player up will scoop a ground ball, cradle to the bucket, drop the ball in, and sprint back.
Drill Essentials: Each line is about 15 yards from a bucket. Make sure that you put the ball in the bucket and that it doesn’t bounce out.
Drill Tips: Focus on cradling the ball when picking it up off the ground. Have the races be a best of three series to encourage competition.