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Learn the Individual Skills to Build a Strong Defense!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A defender’s individual approach and body positioning are key skills for a strong team defense. Phil Barnes is the Assistant Coach on the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team, led by Head Coach Jenny Levy. In this segment Coach Barnes has his players work to improve their approach. 

Roof J Drill

Drill Setup: This drill is setup with 2 players, a defender and an attacker, a goal and 3 cones that form a large triangle or the “roof of the defense.” This roof, helps the defender follow a path to force the ball carrier away from the middle of the 8m and 12m arch, and down the wing to a less threatening area.

Athlete Movement: To start the drill, the attacker will receive the ball and the defender will perform a “J” to gain good positioning on the ball carrier. The ball carrier will then attempt to work their way to the front of the goal challenging the defender. With good positioning, the defender forces the ball carrier around the 3 cones or “over the top of the roof” and down to a less threatening area. The ball carrier has the option to change direction a few times to challenge the defender’s stance.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Defense.

Improve Catching and Passing with These Fast Pace Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed. 

Perfect Passing

Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.

Athlete Movements:

The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.

The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.

Teaching Points:

  • Spread the cones based on your team’s athletic ability.
  • Faster tempo adds pressure on the players.
  • Set a controlled yet challenging pace.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse.

Learn an Effective Attacking Drill from 2013 NCAA Champ, Jenny Levy!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Head Coach for the 2013 National Championship UNC Women’s Lacrosse team, Jenny Levy, gives you a great drill for building technique on finding or creating cutting lanes, taking a shot, and learning to take advantage of a defender’s positioning. It teaches players to be aggressive in their attack and to use their vision to find scoring opportunities.

The Fish Hook Drill

A defensive player is optional, as seen in the video, since the focus of the drill is the fish hook motion and the cut. An additional option for the drill is to have the feeder looking for an option to shoot on goal as well.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse, click here.

New Lacrosse Instruction from a 2013 NCAA Champion!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

See how champions are built in this video from Jenny Levy, Head Coach of the 2013 NCAA Division I Champion University of North Carolina. You will see Coach Levy, one of the sport’s all-time greats, guides players through skill-building drills that can be used at every level, intermixed with whiteboard segments and technique presentations by Tar Heel assistants.

Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse

Championship Practice Drills for Women's Lacrosse

  • Learn how to isolate essential skills using 14 individual and small-side practice drills 

  • Learn high pressure, small group/small area drills for developing fundamental offensive and defensive concepts 

  • Discover a complete loop of high-speed partner passing variations to improve passing techniques 

  • Learn how to use the “2v2 game” to defend and score goals from behind the cage



 More best-selling instruction featuring the North Carolina coaching staff:

6-Minute Competitive Drills for LacrosseProgressive Skill Development Warm-Up for Goalies


Two Competitive 3 v 2 Drills that Emphasize Fundamentals

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

North Carolina head women’s lacrosse coach Jenny Levy uses 3 v 2 drills every day during practice. These specific drills teach players the fundamentals of the game, put them in a competitive arena, force them to execute, and create an environment that is fun and creative. Check out these competitive and highly effective drills and look for ways to implement them into your own practice plan this season.

3 v 2 Ground Ball Drill

Pick a line on the field. Separate opposing teams into distinct jerseys. Place a coach in front of the players with a bunch of balls. The five players are all set up on the line. The coach will roll out a ball in front of the players and they are forced to use their skills to pick up a ground ball.

Players should focus on choking up on their sticks and boxing out. If the team with two players gets the ball, they must get out of the double team by making a good pass across the line they started from. If the team with three players gets the ball, they must make two passes before the ball comes back over the line.

Coach Levy runs this drill on a daily basis. Not only is it competitive and fun (keep score), but it also forces the kids to pick up ground balls under pressure and to make good passes to get out of the pressure, either man up or man down.

Note: The two-player team can choose to outlet to another player behind the line if their in-drill teammate isn’t open.


3 v 2 DOM Drill

Coach Levy credits Virginia coach Dom Starsia for this drill. You’ve got three attackers on the baseline and they step into play. You’ve also got two defenders in front of the cage waiting for the players to step in and play. The ball starts with the middle line. This player must pass to either wing and then get the pass back. Once it gets passed back, both of the wing X’s must try to hit and stay at the elbow, but also must move to get up to these elbow positions. The player with the ball is in the middle and must read which defender will pick her up. For instance, maybe she works one side to go the opposite way. Perhaps the defense stays or maybe one defender will play her.

In this situation, if the defense switches, the defenders must communicate to see who will pick up the ball. Coach Levy encourages players and attackers to be aggressive. Remember, this is a shooting drill. We don’t want two or three passes here and moving the ball around too much. We want the players to be courageous, aggressive, and to make a hard move on cage.

As X moves around the crease to the right-hand side, she will be picked up by one of the defenders. We want her to be a threat but also to read the rotation of the defense. If she passes to a wing player that’s open, we want them to immediately attack the cage.

Note: The two wing players must maintain their space. The tendency is to crash the middle but that enables the defenders to play a small amount of space and guard two players. Wing players will create bigger slides for the defense by maintaining space.

DOM Drill – No Switches

In this situation, the attacker behind the cage must read the defenders, especially the one going to mark the ballside. We want to train the offense to recognize the defender that is on her but also the second defender who is sliding and where she is sliding to. This will leave the backside player open. We want the players to look backside for a cross-post feed. That open player can step into space and score an easy goal.

Defensively, the player on ball is really working on her movement around the crease, depending on which side the ball goes to. The off-ball defender is critical here. This player must communicate effectively and anticipate that next pass. Her recovery to that next pass is really important. We want to teach that as the backside defender slides, the front defender should take a higher angle so the only place for the attacker to go is down the line, which creates a lower shooting angle (and much better for the goalies to pick up).

Recap: This drill is very competitive, very fast moving, and trains attackers to read space and read the defense sliding. Also, it trains defenders to communicate and cover a lot of space in a limited amount of time.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “6-Minute Competitive Drills for Lacrosse” with Jenny Levy. Check out more competitive lacrosse drills by visiting our video library.


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