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Develop Deadly Scorers from Behind the Net!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

University of Virginia associate head coach and offensive coordinator Marc Van Arsdale presents the “Two and Three Man Drill” that works on coming from behind the net to score goals. Drills like this one have made the Virginia lacrosse team a consistent national title contender.

Two and Three Man Drill

Drill Summary: For the Two Man Drill, players form a line ten yards behind the goal and ten yards off the goal on the goal line extended. The line on the goal line extended starts with balls. On the whistle, the first player in the line with balls passes to the first player in the other line. After receiving the ball, the player behind the net receives a screen from the player who just passed them the ball before sprinting to the front of the net and taking a shot. Players should switch lines after each rep. In the Three Man drill, keep both lines from the Two Man drill, but add another line ten yards in front of the goal. The drill begins the same way as the Two Man Drill, but instead of taking a shot on goal, the player from the line behind the goal comes up and feeds a cutter from the line in front of the goal for a shot.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Communication.
2) Set a game-like screen.
3) Crisp passes.
4) Timing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Attacking from Behind the Goal.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn to Dodge from Former Defensive Player of the Year Brodie Merrill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Part of what made former Georgetown University defenseman Brodie Merrill so good was his coach’s willingness to put him through offensive drills as well. Developing an all-around game was essential to Merrill’s success, and in this video you’ll learn to dodge in transition – a skill that made Merrill an intimidating presence on the field.

Transition Dodges

Drill Summary: This drill simulates a defenseman that has just crossed the midline. The drilling player matches up with a defender 1-on-1 and works on three different kinds of dodges: split dodge, bull dodge and face dodge. For the split dodge, the player sells the ball one direction, switches hands to get free then accelerates the other way for a shot. For the bull dodge, the player once again sells the ball one direction before accelerating the other way, but this time they keep the ball in their strong hand. Finally, for the face dodge, the player sells a shot or pass in front of the defender before tucking the stick in front of their face and sprinting past the defenseman. On each dodge, finish the drill with a shot.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Sell moves to create separation.
2) Ball control.
3) Ball protection.
4) Accurate shot on goal.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Inspire Offensive Creativity with J.B. Clarke’s 3 on 2 Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Learn a drill that Limestone College head coach J.B. Clarke uses nearly every day to enhance his players’ improvisation and communication. Clarke’s Saints lost only one game in the 2014 season en route to becoming the NCAA D-II National Champions.

3 on 2 Drill

Drill Summary: Offensive players form three lines: one about 10 yards in front of the goal and two about ten yards off of each pipe, even with the goal. Defensive players form a line next to one of the lines even with the goal, and a goalie is in the net. To start the drill, one offensive player steps in from each line and two defensive players race out in front of the goal. The coach rolls a ball to one of the offensive players, then it’s three on two with complete freedom.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Take chances on offense.
2) Goalie works on “pipe to pipe.”
3) Communication.
4) Move to the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Building the 2-2-2 Offense Player by Player.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Stop Low Shots Using This Wall Ball Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Lehigh University assistant coach Errol Wilson provides a drill that goalies can use both indoors and outdoors to work on defending against low shots. Wilson’s innovative drills give coaches a way to train their goalies despite weather or field availability. Lehigh goalies used techniques like this to help the Mountain Hawks hold their opponents to an average of three fewer goals scored per game in 2014.

Heels Up

Drill Summary: For this drill, you will need to mark off a “goal” on the wall (if you’re using one) to defend prior to beginning. To start, the goalie raises their heels off the ground so they are standing on the balls of their feet. If you are using a wall, have the goalie put their heels against the wall. The coach fires low shots toward the goal, and the goalie must use a “squat to lunge” technique to make the save. After making the save, the goalie passes back to the coach and the drill continues. Gradually increase shot speed as the goalie warms up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Rebounds aren’t as important, just focus on using the right technique.
2) Stickhead touches the ground if the ball hits the ground.
3) Avoid burying your head into your chest.
4) Watch the ball into your stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Innovative Wall Ball Drills for Goalies.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Learn a Fun Stick Protection and Ball Control Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Get competitive in this exciting drill from University of Virginia assistant coach Tim McDermott that works on scooping up and controlling balls while getting bumped by other players. In this exercise, players race to beat their opponents to see who can gather up the most balls while working on popping up from the ground.

Hungry Hungry Fogos

Drill Summary: This drill is for a small group of players. Set up by placing about 15 balls (for three players) in a pile and putting a bag or other container about five yards away. Players start on their backs to begin. After the coach blows the whistle, players jump up, retrieve the balls with their sticks and put them into the container. Players must get on their backs again after putting each ball into the container. Once all the balls are collected, count up who got the most.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Protect the balls.
2) Swat at other players’ sticks and get into them with your body.
3) Good scooping technique.
4) Conditioning.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Aggressive Face-offs: How to Win Every Draw.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!


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