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3 Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Look to add these highly efficient shooting drills to your lacrosse practices this year. The drills come from John Nostrant, the head boys’ lacrosse coach at the Haverford School in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Perfect for warm-ups, game days, or after conditioning, these three shooting drills get your players a lot of reps in a short time and aim to improve overall shooting accuracy.

3-Man Shooting

This shooting drill uses three lines of players. It all starts with a pass from the right line to the middle guy and then a shot on cage by the middle guy from about 15 yards out. Next, a pass immediately goes from the left player to the right player for a hard shot. Remember, there should be no defense or goalie’s in this drill, just offensive players working on their shooting. Players should always switch lines.

The goal here is to get a volume of shots, get players warmed up, improve on stick work, and to not wear on their legs. 3-Man Shooting is a good pre-game drill and perfect following a lot of conditioning work. Note:  The team will burn through a massive amount of balls in about five minutes. There’s constant movement involved, ample passing, and a lot of reps.

 

2-Shot with Dodge

Next, have all the lacrosse balls start in the top middle area. The players on the wings will get two shots back-to-back. The first is a set shot, like you’d get in an extra-man situation, set play, or fast break. The second shot is a “hitch and go” featuring a big shot fake and run to the middle.

This is a terrific warm-up drill, but also ideal for teaching technique, dodging, stick skills, and overall throwing and catching. Make sure that you get players to make a big pump fake and then sprint to the middle before unloading a shot.

Also, provide two feeders up top  just constantly feeding players with passes. This should be their only job. It really helps players get in a lot of reps. Force the players to mix up shots, whether it be a low shot, high pipe shot, bouncer, etc.

Tip: Since there’s no defense here, players have the tendency to take their time and make a big wind-up. Constantly remind them to get their shots off quickly like in a game situation.

 

2-Shot with Backdoor Cut

Finally, using the same set-up as before, get players to first make a set shot. Then for the second shot, have players step out, make a backdoor cut, lead with the stick, catch the ball, make one fake, and then shoot it. Remember, don’t run behind the goal. Stay in front of it. Meanwhile, lead players with your stick on the backdoor cut. Like before, players get back-to-back shots in the same sequence here.

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice” with John Nostrant. Check out more shooting videos by visiting our lacrosse library.

Does your squad implement any of these drills or similar variations as part of their practice routine? Which other shooting drills do you recommend for getting your players a ton of reps?




New Lacrosse DVDs featuring Chris Robinson and John Nostrant!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, January 13, 2012

We have two Lacrosse DVDs which have just been released that feature Chris Robinson.  His latest achievement was Back-to-Back (2011, 2010 ) LaxPower High School Girls Lacrosse National Championships.  The titles of the new Lacrosse DVDs are:

Drills to Build a Dodge-First Offense

  • Create a “dodge-first” mindset that will reduce turnovers and increase possession time for your offense
  • Teach your players to focus on the center of the play to spot cutters for high-percentage scoring opportunities
  • Increase the efficiency of your players’ dodges to penetrate the defense
  • Use competition to increase the intensity and introduce fun to your practices
  • Keep your offense moving by cutting for scoring opportunities and popping away for outlet passes
  • Skills & Drills to Develop the Complete Lacrosse Player

  • Learn simple individual exercises that build to game-like situations and allow players to push their own development within the practice setting
  • See shuttle drills that maximize player involvement during practice
  • Learn ground ball exercises to develop on-field situational awareness
  • Purchase the two DVDs together and save $10!

    Chris Robinson 2-Pack

     

    We also have recently released three Lacrosse DVDs featuring John Nostrant.  He led his team to a LaxPower High School Boys Lacrosse National Championship.  The title of these Lacrosse DVDs are:

    High School Coaching Academy: All-Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant

  • See two live practices from 2011 High School National Champ, The Haverford School
  • Pick up fundamental drills for offense and defense as well as individual skill drills
  • Keep your practices up-tempo and keep your players involved using these concepts and strategies
  • High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice

  • Get a high volume of shots with good technique in your practices
  • Learn to pick drills that mimic your offense and how that will make your practices more efficient
  • Make the most of your warm-up time with 5 drills that simultaneously improve fundamentals
  • High School Coaching Academy: Training the Lacrosse Goalie

  • Improve position fundamentals, the outlet pass and footwork fundamentals
  • Learn drills to perfect body positioning and stick positioning
  • Pick up a simple technique to help makes saves in traffic
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    All Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice: Half-Field and Transition Drills

    By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012

    In this week’s edition of All Access, we take you to Haverford, Pennsylvania for a behind-the-scenes look at a Haverford School boys’ lacrosse practice. Watch as head coach John Nostrant leads his squad through a number of team drills on the heels of a big victory over archrival Malvern Prep.

    This All Access session presents a great opportunity for coaches and players to see exactly how one of the nation’s top high school lacrosse teams prepares for opponents during the week. In this example, Coach Nostrant has his team run through the England Drill and the Mineola Drill, two highly effective half-field drills that get the players going at game speed.

    At the time of filming, the Fords were 17-0 and coming off a huge win over the Friars. The coaches have told the players that they are looking for an up-tempo practice, which is a typical practice following a game. Meanwhile, the next day’s practice will be a little bit more specific and geared toward their opponent on Saturday.

    England Drill

    The drill starts out 2 vs. 1 with the offensive players sprinting down the field from the midfield line with possession. Note: The coaches eventually tell the players to pass the ball forward to their teammate from the start and play it from there.

    The players are looking to finish on goal in a 2 on 1 transition situation (with goalie in net). As soon as the play is over (whether it be via goal, missed shot, save, turnover, etc.), one additional defender and one additional offensive player enter and the drill turns into a 3 on 2 situation. The new offensive player comes down with the ball and passes it ahead to a teammate and the unit looks to score quickly. Players must be on their feet at all times and ready to attack.

    Next, the drill moves to 4 on 3, then 5 on 4, and finishes with a 6 on 5 situation. Entering players must always communicate with teammates and get into position as soon as possible. As soon as one play is over, the next one should commence immediately.

     

    Mineola Drill

    The team is looking to run a number of different sets here. When you hear “31” called out, that means the unit is set up in a 2-3-1. The squad also likes to put a middie down on the crease at times with this look. Each set might be different depending on the kind of personnel playing at the time. The first group that you see is the team’s first group of offensive middies.

    Next it’s to “20X”, which is the team’s double team. Notice there’s no need for a horn as the team just gets right into things. Meanwhile, it’s key that the players are always reading and reacting.

    The coaching staff prefers to progress as practice goes along, and eventually the squad moves into a 6 on 6 out of a scramble set, which forces sliding and decision making, rather than just going straight 6 on 6. It also allows the guys to play with different groups and ensures that no one gets complacent.

    Meanwhile, Nostrant and his staff try to make the teams even in every practice. Haverford has 38 players, so the coaches prefer to keep them active. Also, you can do a lot with this drill. For instance, the squad is currently working on clearing and this really gets everyone involved in the flow.

     

    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 series, simply head over to our lacrosse video library.




    New Lacrosse DVDs Featuring John Nostrant!

    By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    We have recently released three Lacrosse DVDs featuring John Nostrant.  He coached Haverford to a 2011 LaxPower High School Boys Lacrosse Championship.  These three new Lacrosse DVDs are titled:

    High School Coaching Academy: All-Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant 

    • See two live practices from 2011 High School National Champ, The Haverford School
    • Pick up fundamental drills for offense and defense as well as individual skill drills
    • Keep your practices up-tempo and keep your players involved using these concepts and strategies

    High School Coaching Academy: Training the Lacrosse Goalie 

    • Improve position fundamentals, the outlet pass and footwork fundamentals
    • Learn drills to perfect body positioning and stick positioning
    • Pick up a simple technique to help makes saves in traffic

    High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice 

    • Get a high volume of shots with good technique in your practices
    • Learn to pick drills that mimic your offense and how that will make your practices more efficient
    • Make the most of your warm-up time with 5 drills that simultaneously improve fundamentals

    Purchase these three DVDs as a series and save $20:

    

    High School Lacrosse Coaching Academy Series with John Nostrant




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