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Two Competitive Team Lacrosse Drills to Improve Transition Play

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Add a spark to your team’s transition game by adding these two effective transition drills to your practice plan. Follow along as Cortland women’s head lacrosse coach Kathy Taylor breaks down the action via whiteboard diagrams before moving out to the field for live simulations. These game-like drills are also ideal for getting players to think two passes ahead and learning how to play under pressure. 

Princeton Drill

This is a terrific drill for putting players under pressure while on transition. First take the field and divide it and play it across (versus lengthwise). Look to divide it between the restraining line and the 50-yard line.

Split up the team into two colors or units (red and white for this example). We will then get a variety of red lines and white lines set up on the sideline within the playing space. The three red lines and three white lines are lined up on BOTH sidelines.

Meanwhile, a coach will stand in the middle and toss out a ball in the air or on the ground. The team that gains possession first is on the attack. The goal: Get three passes consecutively as your team moves across the field. Be sure to count out loud.

If the ball is dropped or hits the ground, you must restart your counting. The goal is to transition the ball across the field as and quickly as you can. If you are successful, pass to the same team color on the opposite side to continue with the drill.

If a mistake is made, the other team will transition and look to pass it to a teammate on the opposite side. Push the speed factor and really get the players to move the ball. Make it up tempo. The players should enjoy this one as it’s competitive, features a lot of touches, and uses full team involvement.

 

On the Field

Remember that we are dealing with tighter quarters here, so it’s key for players to keep moving to stay ahead of the pressure. If the ball goes out of bounds, be sure to change possession. Players really must work hard. It’s easy to get tired with the three pass rule in play.

Triangle Drill

This is one of Coach Taylor’s favorite drills. It’s a hard working drill but extremely effective. It’s similar to Princeton, but now we are working in triangles. Players must work together to break out and away from defenders in a triangle formation. Also, look to switch directions periodically. If the other team gets the ball, simply switch from offense to defense.

Tips: Look to run this outside the big circle. You will want a lot of space to get open. Remember, break out and away to receive the ball, not right to the ball.

This is also a great drill as it forces players to think two passes ahead, get open into space, and learn how to handle pressure.

 

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Team’s Transition Game” with Kathy Taylor.” To check out more videos focusing on transition lacrosse, visit our lacrosse video library.




Transition Offense: Breakdown of the 5 v 4 Fast Break Drill

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Give your transition game a boost with this effective 5 v 4 fast break drill. Follow along as Cortland women’s head lacrosse coach Kathy Taylor breaks down the action via whiteboard before heading out to the field for live simulations. This is a terrific drill to practice team finishing and working against defensive pressure in a fast break setting.

Chalk Talk: Breaking Down the 5 v 4 Drill

The drill starts at the restraining line with the midfielders. Imagine that your middie has broken free and is now ahead of their opposing midfielder. Meanwhile, you should have four other attack players lined up. The goal is to keep the ball ahead of the other middie, who is currently behind us and catching up to the play.

 

With a 5 on 4 situation, we have a numbers advantage and have the defense matched up. Therefore, the midfielder with the ball must force one of the defenders to make a decision quickly. However, executing here is easier said than done.

Far too often, ball carriers hold on to the ball far too long. As soon as the defense makes any kind of commitment, put that ball into the respective attacker’s stick. Move through the space and look for the pass right back for a give and go and a shot. If it doesn’t work, keep moving the ball ahead of the defensive slides. There will be a player open.

 

Practice finding that open player and attacking.  But remember, keep the ball ahead of the pressure and make quick decisions. You only have a few seconds until the numbers return to even again.

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Team’s Transition Game” with Kathy Taylor.” To check out more videos featuring specific offensive systems, visit our lacrosse video library

 




New Lacrosse DVDs featuring Kathy Taylor!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, March 9, 2012

This is our latest pair of Lacrosse DVDs featuring Kathy Taylor.  She is the Cortland University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, and a 2x University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Champions.  The names of these new Lacrosse DVDs are:

Team Lacrosse Drills to Enhance Fitness and Fundamentals

  • Learn drills that encourage high energy fitness throughout an entire practice
  • Develop great hand-eye-foot coordination by increasing drill difficulty
  • Learn techniques that maximize shooting skills at free positions
  • Use drills that are designed to increase competitiveness and teamwork
  • Building Your Team’s Transition Game

  • Over 15 drills designed to teach fundamental skills, while conditioning their players
  • Learn how to structure your practice in order to emphasize the offensive and defensive skills used in the transition game
  • Learn to combine fundamental skills and competitive gamesmanship to keep players challenged in an up tempo practice environment
  • See coaching techniques on how to keep all of your players engaged in practice, especially with limited coaching resources
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    Purchase these two DVDs together, and save $10!

    Kathy Taylor 2-Pack




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