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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.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Morris head lacrosse coach Kenneth Davis firmly believes that performing shooting drills at game-speed is an effective way to replicate game situations, makes players more comfortable within the offense, keeps players loose and working on all aspects of their shot, plus gets the most out of players overall.
With Davis leading you through whiteboard discussion and on-field simulations, you’ll have the opportunity to read about each drill before watching them in action to see how they are carried out. Each drill is fit for players at nearly every level and easy to implement at your own practice with just a few adjustments. Hopefully, with a little practice, these speedy and effective drills will deliver results in practice and come game-time.
This drill has players starting out rather close to the cage. We’ll start with two opposing lines off to the right and left sides of the crease area. Only two players at a time will run the drill together. On one side, the role of the first player will be feeder, and he’ll start with the ball. On the opposite side we’ll have the shooter. The shooter will make a quick “V” cut and then sprint towards the front of the crease area before receiving a pass and then firing a quick shot on net.
As soon as the sequence is finished, the next two players step up quickly and then perform the drill like before: Feed, cut, and shoot. Coaches, be sure to pick a spot on cage and tell the players where you want them to specifically shoot. Always create a target.
This drill is optimal for small group work. Set things up with four lines around the perimeter plus one “inside” man. The inside man is always cutting. His job is to always get his shoulders square to the feeder, come to the ball and make curl moves and quick cuts to get open in the middle of the field. One at a time, get the players (or feeders) on the perimeter to pass to the inside man as he’s making his curl moves and cuts. The inside man will look to get off quick shots on goal before making another move and receiving the next pass.
Teams can get a lot of work and shots out of this drill. Plus, it really works players hard on the inside, gets them communicating, and has them changing planes on every shot. After the full sequence is over, get one guy on the perimeter to replace the inside man and continue the drill like before.
This drill fits many different offenses and can be tweaked to go with your own personal set. Three players at a time will run a single simulation of the drill. We’ll start with a line of players up top (facing the crease), plus one player to his left (middle guy) and one player out in front and slightly to the right. The player up top starts the drill with a quick dodge toward the cage. The middle guy will trail that player and the bottom player will move up a bit as well.
There are a lot of different options from here. The top guy can then curl back and throw it to the middle guy or make a pull-pass to the middle guy across the way. Or the middle guy could then pass it to the bottom guy just off the crease for a close-range shot. After the drill sequence is finished, the top player can replace the bottom guy and the bottom guy can replace the middle guy, making for the “Triangle Rotation.”
Teams can get a lot of repetitions and common game-situation looks. Remember, be sure that your stick drills always incorporate your own personal offense.