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Get Shooting Instruction from the 2014 NCAA Championship Coach!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this segment, Back-to-Back NCAA Championship Coach (2014 & 2013), John Danowski, teaches the mechanics of a quick catch and shot. The two keys of this drill are for the player who is shooting to catch the ball behind his head with his hands all the way back and then to transfer his weight from his back foot to his front foot as he shoots. The drill reinforces the concept of quickly catching and shooting.

Time and Room Shooting (Swat the Fly)

Athlete Movement: Have a coach or a player toss a ball in the air to the shooter. Toss the ball behind the player so that he can catch it behind his head and immediately shoot the ball while transferring his weight from his back foot to his front foot. The shooter should not cradle the ball.

Drill Benefits:

  • Good way for players to get a high number of reps without missed opportunities due to bad passes
  • Can be used by the Box lacrosse player where catching and shooting quickly is a must.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Create More Scoring Options by Setting Good Picks!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The 2013 NCAA Championship coaching staff at the University of Duke along with Head Coach, John Danowski, provide you with a more advanced drill that incorporates setting a pick, which then creates two players that can be options for the feeder. This will also teach the player that uses the pick to not take off until the picker is set and stationary.

Pop/Slip Shooting

Drill Setup: One player sets up about 5-7 yards above and outside the crease. The second player that will set the pick is also about 5-7 yards above the crease and about 10-15 yards outside the other pipe. The feeder is a couple of yards below GLE about 10 yards away from the pipe.

Athlete Movements: The player runs and sets the pick, the other player runs off the pick and has his stick up ready for the pass. But as soon as the player runs off the pick, the picker turns to face the feeder for a quick pass (Pop) and shot. The feeder has two options to pass to for a shot.

Teaching Points:

  • Remember the phrase “Pick, Pop, Shoot” from Coach Danowski
  • For the pick sequence, if the athlete leaves too soon, the pick can be ineffective, but more importantly, the picker can get called for a moving pick/screen and can result in a penalty.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Create More Scoring Opportunities by Cutting Without the Ball!

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

John Danowski, led his Duke University Lacrosse program to a 2013 and 2010 NCAA Men’s Championship title! Coach Danowski teaches the concept that every offensive player can be a threat to shoot. He emphasizes that cutting is an important factor in becoming open and getting a quick shot on goal. 

Inside Shooting Exercise

Drill Setup:

The drill begins with players in a line approximately 15 yards above GLE and about 5 yards outside the far pipe. A coach or another player is the feeder that is about 10-15 yards outside the near pipe and about 5 yards below GLE. The feeders could be attackmen and the shooters could be middies.

Athlete Movements:

The shooter begins by running forward and to his left slightly away from the crease, plants his left foot, and makes a hard cut to the right running to the middle of the area in front of the crease. The feeder passes the ball directly to the shooter, who takes the time to catch the ball, cradle it, while continuing to run across the crease, and shooting to the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would have been protecting the near pipe.

Teaching Points:

  • Notice that the shooter changes hands on his dodge in order to set up the eventual shot on the back third of the cage.
  • The drill can be modified easily by placing a coach in the middle of the passing lane and making the shooter cut a second time to go backdoor for the pass.
  • If you modify the drill as mentioned in the previous teaching point, this requires the player to change his stick/hand position a second time.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




Increase Speed and Agility using This Strength & Conditioning Exercise!

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

The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff alongside John Danowski provide you with a lateral bound exercise that helps build strength in a player’s hip and leg muscles so they can be quicker and more explosive while changing direction on the field. The first drill is a basic lateral bound. While the following drill involves a lateral bound with a 45 degree drop step. This is a great exercise for players to develop the ability to change directions rapidly, powerfully, and keep their body under control. 

Lateral Bounds

Athlete Movements:

With multiple lines of players facing the length of the field, the first players will face toward a sideline and squat down. From that position, they will leap to their side (away from their lines), land, and return to the squatting position. They will continue this for the length of 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

In the 2nd part of this clip, the first set of player will be now facing their own lines in the same squatting position. They will first open their hips to their right side, leap back at 45 degrees, land, and return to squatting position. They will then open up to their left side now and do the same. They will do this for 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.

Teaching Points:

  • In the squat position at the start of each drill, be sure that players keep the hands and the elbows tight to their chest
  • Challenge your athletes with the technique of the drills as well their own endurance.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Skill Development.




Help Your Players Become a More Complete Offensive Force!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, teaches the basic fundamentals and mechanics required for proper shooting. To help your players become more complete shooters, Coach Danowski explains that good shooting technique is a total body process that utilizes proper foot placement, the legs, core, upper body, and hands/wrists.

Shooting Basics

How it Works: The drill begins with the players in two lines a few yards wide of the pipes and about even with the top of the crease. One line feeds the other, a player catches the ball, gets his hands back (kisses his shoulder), and then shoots at the goal. This drill is about repetition and reinforcing proper technique.

Drill Tips: Younger players may need to be reminded to keep their back hand above the height of the front hand in order to keep the ball in the pocket as they shoot.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Shooting Drills.




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