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Develop Scooping and Cradling with a Fun Youth Lacrosse Drill!

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.

Check out an additional clip from Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run a Youth Lacrosse Practice.”  If you’re interested in more youth lacrosse coaching videos, click here.




Youth Lacrosse: Key Tips and Techniques for 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 Drills

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Whether you’re a new lacrosse lacrosse or a seasoned veteran, it’s critical to always create a blueprint for how to run your youth lacrosse practice. In our previous youth lacrosse feature, we highlighted many key tips and drills for a productive practice, focusing on crucial areas such as partner passing, stick drills, ground balls, shooting, and dodging.

This week’s feature focuses on 1-on-1 drills and then builds up to 2-on-2’s, 4-on-4’s, and a few motion drills that teach kids proper movement on the field. With Lambert (GA) coach Jason Breyo leading the way, be sure to pick up these essential drills, teaching points, and overall lacrosse tips for leading a youth practice at the U11 level.

1-on-1 Drills

1-on-1 lacrosse is a cornerstone of the team game. We’ll begin with a four corner 1-on-1 set up. Get the attack and defense at one end and the midfielders at the other end. Everyone will get a chance to play offense and defense. Also, you can finally incorporate a warmed-up goalie in these drills. Move clockwise with all segments on the field. Go back and forth down the field (almost in zigzags) and teach the defender to drop step. Offensively, your players can implement face dodges and other moves to try and get past the opposition.

Keep in mind that when teaching kids to play defense at this age, it’s often helpful to teach them about simulating basketball defense. Get into a good low position, stay on the balls of your feet, and have your feet be shoulder width apart.

 

2-on-2 Drills

Whether it’s with offensive sets or transition breaks, so much lacrosse at every level involves the 2-on-2 game. Next in the progression, we’ll have two midfielders and two defensive midfielders working together. Behind the cage, we’ll have two attackers and two simulated defenders working together as well.

When it comes to playing defense in a 2-on-2 setting, we like to demonstrate the principle of Ball-Me-Man. While the on-ball defender wants to force his opponent down the alley, the off-ball defender assumes a help position. Here, he can see the ball and his man. If the ball goes to his man, he can recover quickly. Then the former on-ball defender moves into help defense positioning. As for movement, at this age, we encourage movement of any kind, although picks and dodges are always an option.  Also, really encourage kids to utilize the space behind the cage.

 

4-on-4 Drills

Next, get four midfielders, two attackers, and two defenders ready to go. Here, we’re teaching offense and defense in a 4-on-4 format. The key here is to get frequent ball movement by passing and cutting. Remember, there is no contact at the U11 level, and this helps develop stick skills and promotes safety. Therefore, it’s key for kids to move their feet and never stand around. Like  with basketball, you can’t get open without moving your feet.

Motion Drills

C-Curl or Banana Curl – The C-Curl is a great way to teach kids proper movement on the field. For instance, to get out of the way when picking up a ground ball, kids will often pick the ball up and run in a linear fashion. However, that will get you into trouble a lot and can lead to turnovers. Instead, teach kids to roll away from pressure and curl around to the side.

Start by rolling a ball out. The offensive player will scoop it up (with a trailer/defender on his back) and look to hit his outlet man in the drill. Once he scoops the ball, he should make a C-Curl to escape pressure and pass to an open teammate. Remember, curl out of pressure, roll, and hit the outlet man. Do not encourage picking up ground balls with one hand either.

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run a Youth Lacrosse Practice.” Check out more youth lacrosse videos by visiting our lacrosse library.




New Coaching Lacrosse DVDs Featuring Jason Breyo!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, September 29, 2011

Here are two recently released Lacrosse DVDs featuring Jason Breyo.  These two new Coaching Youth Lacrosse DVDs are titled:

Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse 

  • A proven blueprint for teaching defense to U13 and U15 athletes
  • Skill work and progressions you can use to build defensive proficiency
  • Watch live drills in a practice setting for easy implementation into your practices

How to Run a Youth Lacrosse Practice 

  • Learn how to run a youth lacrosse practice for U9 and U11 athletes
  • Get instruction on the fundamental skills you need to teach your players
  • Watch actual practices to see how each drill is run and cue words for coaching your players

Purchase the two DVDs as a set and save $5:

Jason Breyo’s Youth Lacrosse Set




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