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Enhance Your Footwork and Movement!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Joe Amplo, Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, believes playing the defensive back position is almost like playing defensive midfield. In this footwork routine, you’ll learn a few drills designed to improve posture, movement and agility.

Footwork Drills

Drill Summary: Athletes start in a horizontal line (three players at a time, about 3-5 yards between each player) about 15 yards in front of a coach. On the whistle, players run forward until the coach points a certain direction. Whichever way the coach points, that’s where the defenders slide to while maintaining good defensive posture.

Another drill in the video involves defending a cone. Players line up in a single file line and the first person in the line steps forward to guard the second player in line. On the whistle, the defender works to keep the offensive player from reaching a cone behind them by using good defensive fundamentals.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Start and finish in good posture.
2) Hands at hip height.
3) Butts low.
4) Head up entire time.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fixing Common Defensive Mistakes.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Practice Set Plays in a Skeleton Formation!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Using a skeleton formation with no defenders to practice your offensive sets can help your players understand which passes and shots are available at all times. Salisbury University head coach, Jim Berkman, shows you a few sets out of the skeleton that his teams have used en route to 10 Division III National Championships.

Skeleton: Set Plays

Drill Summary: In the video above, you’ll see three different plays executed from a skeleton formation (no defenders present): 3-3 Play, 3-3 to 1-4-1 Play and 1-3-2 Wheel Play.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Man-Up Progressions & Practice Implementation.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve Your Shooting with Tennis Balls!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

High Point University head coach, Jon Torpey, is fresh off leading the Panthers to a Southern Conference championship. Coach Torpey teaches players a drill in this clip that requires them to make a pass to a teammate and shoot to the far third of the goal, improving accuracy of both passes and shots.

Shooting With Tennis Ball

Drill Summary: Form a line about 15 yards in front of the goal and set a cone roughly 12 yards in front of the net. Every other player in line should have a tennis ball. The first player runs up and makes a move on the cone, then darts to the right at an angle. Once they’ve ran about 5 yards, they turn and run backward, then throw a follow pass to the next person in line. The person receiving the pass get it just on the right of the cone and shoots the ball toward the far third of the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Aim for the far third of the goal.
2) Full speed cuts.
3) Hands far down the shaft (shooter).
4) Accurate shots and passes.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual and Team Defense Drills & Techniques.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get Goalie Drills from Two Former All-Americans!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

John Galloway and Kip Turner, former All-American goalies at Syracuse University and the University of Virginia, respectively, combine to show you a couple goalie drills to improve reaction time. Defending against tennis balls and a crazy ball can offer benefits that practicing with a regular ball can’t provide.

Finding the Release Point

Drill Summary: A coach or player stands about 10 yards in front of the goal and fires tennis balls at the goalie in the net. The goalie works to maintain a good stance and stop as many balls as they can. Step toward the ball aggressively and make the save with the stick or the body. Once the goalie gets comfortable with tennis balls, have them do the drill with a crazy ball to make bounces unpredictable and improve reaction time.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Relaxed top hand (steering wheel).
2) Drive with bottom hand (gas pedal).
3) Get as much surface area on the ball as possible.
4) Step to the ball aggressively.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Encyclopedia of Goalkeeping.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Play Keep Away to Improve Your Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

One of the funnest ways for your team to get better on the defensive end of the field is to use a drill that has been around forever — keep away. 2015 NCAA Champion head coach, Bill Tierney, has his defense work on moving around and keeping their feet moving while down one player to the offense.

Keep Away

Drill Summary: Set up with anywhere from 5-7 offensive players within a rectangle that’s about a third of the entire field. Next, add defensive players (always one less than however many offensive players there are). The offense gets the ball, and their goal is to keep the defense from gaining possession. Go for a set amount of time, then switch offense and defense.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Move around.
2) Keep feet active.
3) Accurate passes.
4) Communication.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Lacrosse Practice with Bill Tierney.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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