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Encourage Your Youth Lacrosse Players to Pass the Ball!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 13, 2015

In this drill aimed at the youth lacrosse player, head coach Kenneth “Bear” Davis of the Ohio Machine (MLL) teaches young athletes that assists can be fun too. Davis calls assists “apples,” which makes sharing the apples a rewarding experience for kids.

Apples are Unselfish

Drill Summary: If you have a player or two on your team that are great at splitting and ripping, they need to be able to pass if the defense starts keying in on them. To set up this drill, have the drilling player stand about twenty yards in front of the goal with the coach about halfway between. To begin, the coach tosses a ball to the player, who must catch the ball with a left handed grip. After catching the ball, the player runs at the coach, splits just before getting to the coach, attacks the goal, then passes off to another player who is standing on the other side of the goal for an assist. Make sure to switch directions after awhile so players can work on both hands.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Work on using both hands.
2) Make it look like you’re going to shoot before passing.
3) Switch with the ball facing you (to protect it).
4) Keep your eyes up.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Stick Handling & Shooting Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

A Great Exercise to Improve Your Face-Offs!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In this face-off drill, Ohio Machine (MLL) Head Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis gives a great explanation on showing young players how to practice face-offs. This drill demands a player to have balance while down in their face-off stance, to know what to do after they win the face-off, and to control the ball after the face-off. This is a great drill for a player to do at home as well as a way for family members to get involved in the progression of their young player.

Face-off Drill

Drill Summary: The drill needs only one player, a ball and stick, an additional person to coach him, and 3 cones preferably of different colors. As you will see in the video, one cone is set 4-5 yards directly ahead of the player, and the other 2 cones are set 4-5 yards behind him with 3-4 yards between them so all 3 cones are forming a tall triangle. The drill begins with the coach telling the player which cone to move the ball to after the face-off. The whistle is blown, the player will clamp down on the ball and “pull out” the ball toward the targeted cone and the drill is finished. The coach will tell the player which cone to target for each face-off they try. The next phase of this drill is controlling the ball after the player pulls the ball from the face-off by going to the ball and picking it up which would then end the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Stick Handling & Shooting Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Improve Your Offense and Defense with the “10 Yard Fight” Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Archbishop (MD) Spalding Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, shows you a drill called 10 Yard Fight. This drill begins to set the foundation for youth players to play solid defense using their feet and body position, while giving the offensive player an opportunity to practice using several different dodges.

10 Yard Fight

Drill Summary: This is a quick drill to set up using cones that are set 10 yards apart from each other into a square. The older your players are, you can widen or lengthen the distance between the cones. The object of the drill is for the offensive player to begin at one end of the box with a ball in his stick and to successfully get to the other side without being pushed out of bounds or dropping the ball. The drill can be done in a progressive manner where the defender may not have a stick, and work up to using a stick. You can make this drill competitive with one player having to do five push-ups if they are pushed out, or something similar. Coach Davis feels that this drill can be used from kindergarteners all the way up to college.

Teaching Points: Coach Davis uses several different catch phrases to engrain certain points to the defensive players. Some examples are “keep your nose behind your toes”, “hands on hips” and “keep your feet moving.”

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Go-To Practice Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Move the Ball Up the Field Using the “Give ‘n Go!”

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

Expert youth lacrosse coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, goes over the simplicity yet effectiveness of what he calls the best play in lacrosse, the “Give ‘n Go”.  This play is great because an offensive player is able to take advantage of an opponent’s tendency to relax after the offensive player has passed the ball to a teammate. He also goes over a great move for the more advanced player.

Best Play in Lacrosse: Give ‘n Go

Drill Setup: Coach Davis goes through a simple whiteboard illustration of the drill concept.

Teaching Points:

  • Stay active off the ball, in order to be a threat to the defense
  • Communication, demanding the ball right back after the initial pass

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Go-To Practice Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Coaching Youth Lacrosse.

3 Rapid-Fire Shooting Drills that Mimic Game Situations

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, April 3, 2012

During his tenure as head men’s lacrosse coach at Robert Morris, Bear Davis developed his squad into one of the top scoring programs in the nation. By implementing game-like shooting drills into his regular practice plan, Davis ensured his players were comfortable within the offense, working on practical situations, and involved in competitive drills.

In this week’s team development feature, Davis leads you through whiteboard discussion and on-field simulations featuring three of his most effective drills. Each drill is suitable for players at nearly every level and easy to implement at your own practice with just a few adjustments. Look to deliver results with your own squad in practice and in game situations this season.

Time and Room

Begin by forming two lines out in front of the cage. Get your shooters in a line with each player possessing a ball. As players come up, they will feed to the opposite line across the cage. This player will then receive the pass and immediately fire on net. Be sure to point out a spot on cage that you want players to shoot on. Meanwhile, the next guy in line is ready to go because his teammate has a ball. Look to get tons of reps with this drill. This Time & Room drill is also similar to last week’s feature drill featuring John Nostrant and the Haverford School.


Fish Hook Shooting

Start with a midfielder dodging down the alley. Next, get your attackmen to clear through and have the defenders step up. From here, the attackers will look to make a little fish hook move on the inside as the midfielder dodges down the alley. The midfielder will then dump it off to the attacker and the attacker will finish in tight.

Look to run this drill on both sides of the field and get a lot of reps in. Also, look to make over-the-shoulder feeds as well. Be sure that the attacker clears through for the dodger — this is key. The player inside here gets his hands free, catches, and looks to finish strong.


Change of Direction Shooting

The key with change of direction shooting is for players to free up their hands (using your feet). It’s common for players to not always know what this means. Therefore to help with this concept, look to set out cones in front of the goal and get a coach in the middle (of the paint).  Establish two lines of players starting from up top (on both sides of the field). One at a time, players start with a sprint to the middle (to free up some space), and then proceed toward the cage with a dodge. They will eventually get down to the cone nearest to the GLE, move back up to the top cone, get around this top cone, and finish off the shot.

Finally, make sure that players use their eyes to always read the slide attacker. We can do this by getting a coach set up in the middle to hold out a number and the players must shout these out. Through this, we will know that the players are dodging with their eyes up and are capable of reading when a player is sliding to try and take the ball away from them.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “25 Game-Speed Shooting Drills for Lacrosse” featuring Kenneth “Bear” Davis. Check out more shooting videos by heading over to our lacrosse library.


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