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3 Productive Man-Up Drills with UMBC Head Coach Don Zimmerman

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011

It remains true across every level of lacrosse that for a team to have lasting success, it must be proficient in the area of man-up offense. During these occasions when a team has a clear upper hand, it’s vital that they take advantage of the opportunity — and doing so often makes the difference between a win and a loss.

UMBC head coach Don Zimmerman is a firm believer in set-oriented man-up offenses over play-oriented ones. In a set-oriented offense, teams are running more of a freelance system. They will simply rely on playing the game, reacting and reading the defense. This philosophy — certainly suited for more experienced teams — gives the game to the players as they can then read the opposition and change sets as needed.

Meanwhile, in a play-oriented system, teams are essentially memorizing plays and having to execute them on the field. Certainly, this often gives a unit a better chance of being on the same page, and after practicing enough, the plays become second nature. However, teams that rely on plays are very scoutable by the opposition, and they may not have the flexibility to change those plays in a game.

With Zimmerman as your guide, take a look at the following extra-man offense drills and see how you can incorporate them at your next practice. With a set-oriented philosophy in mind, these drills are very effective at developing man-up units at every level, plus they also focus on repetition, situational lacrosse and building team chemistry.

Skip It Drill

In this man-up drill, we’re going to take the middle man out of equation and have players skip the ball to a non-adjacent player (in a 1-2-2 formation). We’ll also time the drill to see how many passes the players can make over the course of one minute.

The “Skip It Drill” is helpful because it really gets the players throwing the ball and making good decisions, but make sure that all passes are leading players to an advantageous spot. Throw the ball where you want a player to get it. Remember, a good feed is thrown to the area where you know the recipient of the pass will be the most successful.

Also, be sure that players are always communicating throughout these drills. Players should always be calling the person’s name that the ball is going to be thrown to. This gets the players talking and builds unity and trust amongst one another.

Tip: Be mindful that you should consider giving your top unit a little bit more leeway than perhaps over offensive players. Let the players know that you have confidence in them and that you will let them do certain things you wouldn’t let others normally do. This adds confidence to your unit.

 

Touch It Drill

Now, our inside player is live in this drill. Players should work the ball around and look to find the middle man inside. The key here is for the inside man to always be moving their feet and always be available. In other words, let the player with the ball know that you are ready for the pass. This is done through body language.

Meanwhile, one’s stick and head should be up and eyes wide open. The inside man needs to be sneaky, but at the same time, he must read the defense and find the open spots. This player must be a presence on the field and needs to be able to finish his/her shots.

 

Garbage Drill

Here, we’re going to have one player or coach shoot the ball from the outside. Additionally, we will have a goalie in net with his stick turned backwards. With the backwards stick, the ball will pop out for some rebounds and garbage opportunities.

This drill works with inside players to always stay alert, know where the ball is at all times, and when there’s a shot, they should be turning and getting ready for any kind of rebound. This is a terrific way to condition players to get low, pick up the ball and get rid of it with a wrist shot despite tight quarters.

 

The previous man-up lacrosse drills can be seen in the Championship Productions video “Extra Man Offense” with Don Zimmerman. To check out our entire offensive catalog, simply click here.




New Lacrosse DVDs featuring Jim Berkman (8x NCAA Champ)!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Tuesday, February 1, 2011

We are offering two new Lacrosse DVDs featuring Jim Berkman! Jim is the head Lacrosse coach at Salisbury University and the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history! Jim is an 8x National Championship Coach (D-III),
2x Division III National Coach of the Year and Jim has coached 8 national players of the year! Take this incredible opportunity to learn from one of the most legendary coaches in Lacrosse history!

Fast Paced Lacrosse Practice: Repetition, Intensity & Fun

  • Keep all of your athletes moving and occupied during practice
  • Help your players to perform better under pressure and make quick, effective decisions
  • Play faster, improve your team defense and score more goal

Shooting Drills to Reinforce Offensive Concepts

  • Combine shooting drills with offensive concepts to save practice time
  • Practice zone and man offensive situations while getting shots on the net
  • Give your players numerous reps at each practice to build confidence near the net
  • Learn how to incorporate passing into each shooting drill

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New Lacrosse DVDs: Practice Drills & Drills for the 2-2-2 Offense!

By mike.oconnell - Last updated: Friday, January 7, 2011

Check out our two new lacrosse DVDs featuring Jim Stagnitta (Rutgers University Head Coach)! Jim Stagnitta’s players are always fundamentally sound and in these on-field presentations he takes you through some of his favorite skill development drills!

Multi-Purpose Practice Drills for Lacrosse

  • Keep your whole team active during practice
  • Make your practices more productive by using drills that work multiple skills simultaneously
  • Get drills that can be used for practice at any level of play

Progressive Drills for Building the 2-2-2 Offense

  • Learn an easy-to-follow progression for building the 2-2-2 offense
  • Use your finishes and dodgers to their fullest potential
  • See five progressive drills to build the offense from 2-on-2 to 4-on-4 and finally 6-on-6

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3 Essential Ground Ball Drills For the Dynamic Midfielder

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Midfielders play extremely important roles on any lacrosse team. They are the only players to play both offense and defense, so they need to be complete players. It’s key that midfielders can dictate the tempo of a game by playing hard and fast, so in order to do that, players have to drill hard and fast.

Being skilled with ground balls is vital to becoming a dynamic midfielder and it’s very important to be able to pick the ball off the ground. Teams generally want their midfielders to create tempo and cause havoc out on the field, but the only way to do that is by knocking the ball to the ground and picking it up.

Led by Duke assistant coach Ron Caputo, the following drills will teach you proper ground ball techniques, skills and methods to incorporate into your next practice and ultimately improve the play of your midfielders.

Racing Through the Ball As Hard As You Can

A good midfielder doesn’t care about what’s around them and will always run through the ball. In this drill, have a line of players stand about 5-10 yards from a ball on the field. Meanwhile, take two players and have them hold out their sticks toward the ball, but never touching it. While the sticks will hit the players, it shouldn’t matter. One by one, players will sprint forward and scoop up the ball. Even if the ball gets kicked and moves forward, players should not be worried about distractions and conflict.

Players should start out with their right hand first and then use their left h and on the way back. Remember, players should pick up the ball with both hands though. The goal here is to get comfortable picking up the ball and not be worried about contact or distractions on he field.

 

Picking the Ball Up With Both Hands

One of the biggest keys for a midfielder is to be able to move the ball to teammates right away. To do that, players must be able to pick up the ball with both hands and do so very fast.

In this drill, two players will start out about five yards apart and face the main drill participant. One player will then roll the ball out to the main participant’s right hand and as they pick it up, he will “get in the mirror” and pass it back to the roller. Then the other roller will toss the ball out to the player’s left side, and the player will scoop it up and deposit it back to the roller. The drill repeats continuously.

This is a great conditioning drill and will keep your players playing fast and being able to pick up the ball with both hands before moving it quickly to teammates.

 

The Box Out Drill

Another job of a midfielder is to keep opposing teams off the ground balls and allow one of their teammates to get it. In this drill, we’ll have two players work together at a time. One player will be in front of the other. At the sound of the whistle, the player playing behind the offensive player will try to get around the man and get the ball that’s resting just out in front. Meanwhile, the player in front will use his elbows and hips to box that player out and not let him get the ball. The player may not pick up the ground ball until the coach blows his whistle a second time.

 

The three drills in this week’s feature can be found in the Championship Productions’ DVD “Becoming a Champion: The Midfielder.” To check out additional videos in the Becoming a Champion lacrosse series, click here.




6 Stickwork Drills to Improve Inside Play

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, December 28, 2010

This week’s player development feature focuses on a variety of drills geared toward offensive lacrosse players and the improvement of their inside play.

It’s important that every team features elite inside players, or off-ball players. The skills of an off-ball player are always needed and are extremely valuable. A good inside player is typically savvy, has great hands, has great stick skills and has developed a knack for scoring goals. Also, these players play a big part in the outcome of lacrosse games as games are often won and lost at the hands of their inside players.

But before one becomes an elite off-ball player, they must develop their stickwork first. Led by Johns Hopkins assistant coach Bobby Benson, the following six drills focus on improving individual stick skills so that offensive players can catch and shoot at a very quick pace and take their game to the next level.

2-Man Catch

In this drill, two players will simply play catch with each other in place, but using proper techniques. The 2-Man Catch develops one’s general stickwork skills and works on having players deliver a quick release.

Keep in mind when conducting this drill, players should always turn their shoulders so they are pointing toward their throwing partner. The key here is to work on catching the ball behind the head so you can get off a good, quick release. You do not want to catch the ball in front of you. If you do, you can’t do as much in this position and you can’t simply play lacrosse. But with the ball behind you, you can play, shoot or pass quickly and it will help you score goals inside.

Remember, passes and feeds should be done right off the ear.

2-Man Catch With 2 Balls

By adding a second ball, this drill picks up the pace and challenges players to go faster with catching and passing. Like the previous drill, there’s only two players working together here but with two balls now, so they have to push each other to go faster and faster. If there’s a bad pass, have the players move their feet to go catch it. Remember, players should keep one foot in front of the other when catching and passing, but remain stationary altogether.

 

Moving 2-Man Catch

In this drill, two players start out about 10 yards apart and run parallel to each other all the way down the length of the field while catching and passing.  Players should go 60-75 yards down the field with one hand before returning in the other direction while using the opposite hand. Remember, look to catch the ball across the face and don’t reach out to catch it. Reaching out to catch the ball will only slow you down. Remember to minimize cradles to get a good quick release and be sure to work on both the right and left hands.

Moving 2-Man, 2-Ball Catch

Now, by adding a second ball and running down the length of the field, all previous drill actions are working together. This drill really works on developing speed and playing on the move.

 

4-Man Box

This drill features four players starting out in a box formation and standing on the hash marks of the field. Two players are just behind the goal on opposite wings and the other two players are out in front of the goal also on opposite wings. The ball starts out in one corner. Players will then throw the ball to each other around the horn, catching it behind their head and getting the ball in and out of their sticks as fast as possible. Players — while remaining stationary — keep going around the horn until the coach blows the whistle.

4-Man Box with 2 Balls

Here, we had a second ball to the drill in order to work at a quicker pace. Remember to move the feet in order to go and get the ball, but overall, players should remain stationary.

 

The six drills mentioned in this feature can also be found in Championship Productions’ DVD “Essential Skills For Inside Play.”  Check out more of our extensive skill development DVDs here.




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