USA Today recently ranked two Championship Productions authors and their teams as the best high school squads in the nation at the conclusion of the 2015 lacrosse season.
John Nostrant, head coach at The Haverford School, led his team to an undefeated 26-0 season, including a championship at the first ever Inter-Ac Challenge post-season tournament. The Haverford School finished the season ranked as the #1 boys team in the country by multiple media outlets.
Coach Nostrant has authored three great products with Championship Productions:
High School Coaching Academy: All-Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant
High School Coaching Academy: Training the Lacrosse Goalie
High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice
On the girls’ side, McDonough School head coach Chris Robinson led the Owings Mills-based squad to their seventh consecutive IAAM A conference title and a #1 ranking at the end of the season. The 21-0 season extended a winning streak for the McDonough School that began all the way back in 2009 – an incredible 133 victories in a row.
If you’d like to receive instruction from Coach Robinson himself, check out both of his products from the Championship Productions library:
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In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you back to Haverford, Pennsylvania for a behind-the-scenes look at a Haverford School boys’ lacrosse practice. Follow along as head coach John Nostrant leads his squad through a number of team pre-practice drills focusing on defensive fundamentals and 6-on-6 half field simulations.
We start things off with a few pre-practice drills on the defensive end. This opening blocking drill forces players to go 1-on-1 from behind the cage, but the offensive player does not have a stick. The objective for defenders is to use their stick skills and fundamentals to keep the offensive player from gaining certain areas and to force them away from the cage. Three cones are set out on each side of the goal (in the shape of an arc). These cones provide defenders with a guideline for where they should prevent the offensive player from moving.
Tips for Defenders: Do whatever you can to get around the cone and grab the ball. Find that leverage spot and get inside that offensive player’s glove. Don’t let the attacker get top side, either. To help with this, get your stick up field, placed on your man’s back, and wheel him around with the goal to get him back behind the GLE. As for the offensive guys, look to go around the cone and get top side.
In this slide progression series, we have an offensive player going up against a number of defensive players. As the offensive player makes a variety of moves, the defensive guys work on their slides based on where the offensive person goes. There are four designated spots, so make sure that players change spots each time. Also have the first two players start back-to-back to commence the drill.
At this point in practice, Haverford is looking to implement certain schemes in a half field setting to prepare for its upcoming games and the playoffs. The goal here is to throw in some different wrinkles defensively and offensively. First, the squad will go for about 10 minutes vs. man-to-man defense and then finish up with 5 or 10 minutes against the zone.
This is a prime opportunity for the offense to work on limiting turnovers, an area of concern for the team lately. A few minutes in, the team loses focus and is forced to run sprints. When they get back into things, Coach Nostrant reemphasizes handling the ball and passing and catching with authority — even when you’re getting tired.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant.” To check out more videos in our All Access library, click here.