The “Rapid Fire Drill” is an important lacrosse routine that offensive players from every level can benefit from. The drill focuses on improving one’s set shot, which some coaches also like to refer to as a “Time and Room” shot. However, in many game situations, even if a player finds himself set, they may not have a lot of time or room to operate, and this drill works on improving the shooter’s set shot from a variety of different angles and situations.
Rapid Fire: Two feeders equipped with an arsenal of lacrosse balls start out in opposite corners, parallel with the goal. Meanwhile, two shooters are stationed about 10 yards away and are standing on opposite hash marks and facing the goal. Next, the offensive players are then fed by the passers and shoot the ball as many times as they can, as quickly as they can, and as hard as they can — all while maintaining proper form.
It’s important to remember that the shooters should have their feet set while the ball is being passed to them. They should also catch the ball back behind them before turning their body and delivering a quick release. The key here is how quickly the offensive player can get the ball in and out of their stick and still shoot it hard while maintaining proper footwork and form.
Rapid Fire Across Face: In this drill, if the shooter is right handed, their left foot will start out in front of their right. The shooters are still positioned about 10 yards away from the feeders and will begin by catching the ball across their body before shooting as hard as they can. Remember, there should also be particular emphasis on the shooter following through with each shot and snapping the ball low as possible. The shooters never move more than a couple of steps during a single catch and release.
Diagonal Rapid Fire: This drill is similar to across face, but this time the feeds come from opposite sides of the goal on a diagonal rather than straight in front. The key here is to snap the ball quickly and to aim for the low corner of the net. Also, repetition is very important and at the end of a shooting session, your muscles should be quite fatigued.
Up Top Rapid Fire: Now, the ball starts up top in the midfield area with the feeders and the shooters are on the wings (a few feet to the side of the hash marks). On many occasions, feeds will come from behind the net in lacrosse, but in transition situations, shooters may also receive the ball from up top.
In this drill, shooters are turned and are facing the feeders at a different angle, but all of the same elements are still in place as before. Shooters should keep the same footwork (with feet set) and will catch the ball behind them before delivering a quick release on net. Remember, it’s critical for shooters to get as many shots in as possible in a short amount of time. It’s not called the “Rapid Fire Drill” for nothing.
The rapid fire drills are featured in Championship Productions’ DVD “35 Championship Shooting Drills for Lacrosse” featuring Johns Hopkins assistant coach Bobby Benson. To see more videos featuring shooting drills or Johns Hopkins Men’s Lacrosse, click here.
“Anytime I’ve ever watched a video, there is always something I can take from that video. Whether it’s a different way of explaining things, a different term that’s used or a different philosophy that we haven’t even considered. We’ve been able to take the philosophies from other sports and incorporate them into lacrosse.”
This is a great quote from a 2x NCAA championship coach. He is still a student of the game – looking for ways to improve his coaching and players. I would tend to think this is common denominator with all successful coaches and athletes!
We have recently released three new lacrosse DVDs featuring Dave Pietramala and Bobby Benson (Head Coach and Assistant Coach of the Men’s Lacrosse Program at Johns Hopkins University). The three new DVDs are titled:
Developing On-Ball Defenders Behind the Net featuring Dave Pietramala – one of the greatest defensemen in lacrosse history!
35 Championship Shooting Drills for Lacrosse
Essential Skills for Inside Play
Dave Pietramala is the Head Coach for the Johns Hopkins University Men’s Lacrosse program where he holds a 106-30 record. Pietramala has guided the Blue Jays to eight NCAA tournaments, six appearances in the Final Four, two appearances in the NCAA Championship game (2003, 2008), and claimed the NCAA Championship in 2005 and 2007. Pietramala the first person in the history of college lacrosse to win a Division I national championship player and a head coach, and the only person to be named player and coach of the year. He was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bobby Benson is entering his fourth season as an Assistant Coach at Johns Hopkins University. Benson, who previously served as Offensive Coordinator at UMBC and Loyola, was a three-time All-American at Johns Hopkins where he finished his career in 2003 ranked #6 all-time in goals scored (124) and the 14th in career points (167).