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John Danowski, led his Duke University Lacrosse program to a 2013 and 2010 NCAA Men’s Championship title! Coach Danowski teaches the concept that every offensive player can be a threat to shoot. He emphasizes that cutting is an important factor in becoming open and getting a quick shot on goal.
The drill begins with players in a line approximately 15 yards above GLE and about 5 yards outside the far pipe. A coach or another player is the feeder that is about 10-15 yards outside the near pipe and about 5 yards below GLE. The feeders could be attackmen and the shooters could be middies.
The shooter begins by running forward and to his left slightly away from the crease, plants his left foot, and makes a hard cut to the right running to the middle of the area in front of the crease. The feeder passes the ball directly to the shooter, who takes the time to catch the ball, cradle it, while continuing to run across the crease, and shooting to the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would have been protecting the near pipe.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Rob Rose, provides you with a ‘Lateral Hurdle Hop Drill’ which is great for developing reaction and quickness in your players. This will develop your players ability to make a change of direction to help them dodge a defender or to be a more effective defender.
This drill utilizes a 6” hurdle. If you don’t have one, the player could use their stick as the hurdle. It is best to have the hurdle perpendicular to a line on the field in order to give the player lateral orientation.
The goal is to perform as many two-foot jumps as possible in 10 seconds.
The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff alongside John Danowski provide you with a lateral bound exercise that helps build strength in a player’s hip and leg muscles so they can be quicker and more explosive while changing direction on the field. The first drill is a basic lateral bound. While the following drill involves a lateral bound with a 45 degree drop step. This is a great exercise for players to develop the ability to change directions rapidly, powerfully, and keep their body under control.
With multiple lines of players facing the length of the field, the first players will face toward a sideline and squat down. From that position, they will leap to their side (away from their lines), land, and return to the squatting position. They will continue this for the length of 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.
In the 2nd part of this clip, the first set of player will be now facing their own lines in the same squatting position. They will first open their hips to their right side, leap back at 45 degrees, land, and return to squatting position. They will then open up to their left side now and do the same. They will do this for 10 to 15 yards and the next set of players will go.
The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Skill Development.
These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed.
Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.
The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.
The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.
Watch as Assistant Coach Jason Breyo, at Lambert, Georgia High School, teaches the basics needed for good defensive play. It begins with a Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (without sticks). The next progression of this drill is to incorporate the players stick called the Five Yard Side-to-Side drill (with sticks). The conclusion of this progression adds an attackman.
How it Works: Cones are placed on a line about 5 to 10 yards apart. The player is to step behind the first cone, stand in an athletic stance on the balls of his feet, with his hands out front; Then shuffles to the other cone and back. The next progression of this drill now incorporates the player’s stick. The player is to lift their stick in the air, because of the uncertainty which direction the offensive player will go.
The last step is to add an Attackman. The defensive player is to keep his stick in front of the offensive player, lift it at the end, and place it again in front of the offensive player as he changes direction. This part of the drill also gives the offensive players an opportunity to practice cradling with one hand and changing hands in order to keep their body between the defender and the ball.
Drill Tips: When shuffling to the cone, be sure that the players do not cross their feet.