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A Trio of Game-Speed Shooting Drills That Deliver Results

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2011

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.

Cross-Crease Finishing

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.


Four Corners Shooting

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.


Triangle Rotation Shooting Drill

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.


The previous shooting drills can be seen in Championship Productions’ DVD “25 Game-Speed Shooting Drills For Lacrosse” with Kenneth Davis. Check out more shooting drills right here.

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

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  • 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
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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.


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