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Train Reaction Time for Face-Offs!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

You can have the best technique in the world, but if you’re slow off the whistle, you’re still not going to win many face-offs. Lehigh University assistant coach, Will Scudder, presents a simple drill that can help players get used to firing quickly off the whistle to get your team more possessions.

Whistle Timing Drill

Drill Summary: This drill is for two players. Line up in a face-off situation, then have the coach back away. Wait for at least five seconds, then blow the whistle and have players fight to win the ball. This will train the body to stay in a stance for a long time, helping players focus on their timing on face-offs.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Timing.
2) Technique.
3) Focus.
4) Keep your head outside the neutral zone.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Fundamentals of Face Offs.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Dodge Defenders for a Clear Shot on Goal!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dodging is an essential skill for any lacrosse player that wants to become a force on the attack. Scott Tucker, head women’s coach at Limestone College, shows you a drill he teaches his players to help them work on dodging when nearing the goal, then firing an accurate shot.

Dodging Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a pair of cones about 10 yards in front of the net on one side. Every rep needs three players. Start with one player in the middle of the field, one player on the right side, and one player on the left side all 20 yards in front of the goal. The player in the middle starts with the ball, passes to the player on the weak side and cuts through in front of the net. The weak side player then throws a skip pass to the player on the far side, then pinches down to draw in their defender. Finally, the last player catches the ball, attacks the cones, executes a setup move on the cones (which are simulating a defender), then attack the middle and shoot. Coach Tucker recommends using small goals within the goal to give players a better target to aim at.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use a setup move and attack the defender’s top foot.
2) Get to the middle of the field.
3) Make the skip pass, then pinch.
4) Hit targets on the shot (lower posts).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Sets, Motion and Plays.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn to Handle Pressure and Score on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Limestone College head coach, J.B. Clarke, shows you a 2-on-2 drill that can help players get more comfortable finding the open man and passing out of a double team. Exercises like this one have helped develop Limestone into a D-II powerhouse on their way to back-to-back national championships.

2-on-2

Drill Summary: Split into groups of four players (two players with one color jersey, two with another color). Start 15 yards away on the goal line extended, with a goalie in the net. Roll a ball into the field of play. Both teams fight for control of the ball. Once one team controls the ball, they become the offense and the other team is on defense. The defense’s job is to double team the player that gets the ball initially. The offense’s job is to pass out of the double team and score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Control the ground ball.
2) Double team the ball on defense.
3) Handle pressure and pass out of the double team on offense.
4) Score the ball.

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




Get Athletes to Protect the Ball and Survey the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ann Elliott, head women’s coach at the University of Colorado, teaches her players to read the defense and exploit its vulnerabilities. The “Offensive Stickwork & Defensive Footwork” drill does a great job of training players to protect the ball from the defense while keeping their eyes up to spot attacking opportunities.

Offensive Stickwork & Defensive Footwork

Drill Summary: Set up a line of cones across the field with five yards between each cone. A coach stands near the end of the line of cones, while the players line up at the beginning in pairs of offense and defense. Each pair of players goes up the field. The offensive player carries a ball and does a “stop and go” or “rocker dodge” at every cone. The defensive player shuffles their feet, throws checks and focuses on staying balanced. While this is happening, the coach at the end of the cones holds up different numbers with their hands every few seconds. The offensive players must shout out which number the coach is holding up. Do this exercise down and back on the field.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shuffle feet on defense.
2) Throw checks on defense.
3) Do “stop and go” and “rocker dodge” at cones on offense.
4) Stay balanced on defense.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Progressive Team Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Improve Goalie Reaction Time!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The best goalies are the ones that can shift their sticks at the blink of an eye to stop an incoming ball. Ivan Cohen, German National Team goaltending coach, runs his goalies through the “Quick Sticks to the Goalie” drill to reinforce the fundamentals of making point-blank saves.

Quick Sticks to the Goalie Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and a shooter with a ball about five yards in front of the net. To begin, the shooter walks in front of the net (staying about five yards away) while firing quick shots at the goalie’s top side of their dominant hand. After completing shots to the dominant side, practice on taking shots on the off-side. Don’t allow rebounds and make saves with square feet to be ready to deliver an outlet pass.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Efficient footwork.
2) Keep the bottom hand at about 12 inches.
3) See the ball into the stick.
4) Drive hands to the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fundamental Skills and Drills for the Lacrosse Goalie.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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