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Run an Efficient 2-2-3 Triangle Offense!

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

Limestone College head women’s lacrosse coach Scott Tucker has often used the 2-2-3 motion offense while leading the Saints to the D-II NCAA Tournament Final Four six times. In this clip, Coach Tucker shows how his players maintain their triangle spacing and work together to set up the offense.

Triangle Set

Drill Summary: In coach Tucker’s 2-2-3, two attackers are positioned behind the goal, two attackers start on the inside and three middies start on the outside. To begin the drill, players pass the ball around the outside of the formation. Once the ball has gone around the outside twice, the center middie passes to an outside middie and cuts to the middle. Meanwhile, the opposite players fill positions, with the outside middie filling up and the inside attacker filling out. The point of the drill is to work on rotating and maintaining spacing.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Ball movement.
2) Communication.
3) Fill open positions.
4) Full speed cuts.

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




Re-Jam to Win a 50/50 Face-Off!

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

Former Lehigh player and current assistant coach Will Scudder teaches you how to re-jam to win a face-off. If players find themselves getting caught in a 50/50 grind during face-offs with opponents, Coach Scudder’s tips can help you win the ball more often.

Re-Jamming

Drill Summary: This drill requires two players. Players assume a face-off position and start in a 50/50 grind. The player working on the re-jam comes down the line on the opponent’s stick and gets their stick between the ball and the opponent’s stick. From there, they can pull the ball back between their legs and pick it up. Progress from doing this at half speed to full speed.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Shift your stick down the line.
2) Get between the ball and the opponent’s stick.
3) Push the left leg out to allow room to pull the ball back.
4) Try to pull the ball back accurately.

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




“Swat the Fly” to Become a Better Shooter!

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

Ron Caputo, Duke University assistant coach, runs his players through this drill to discourage cradling the ball when shooting. In addition to learning to not cradle the ball, players will also learn to properly exchange their weight when making a shot on goal.

Swat the Fly

Drill Summary: Players form a single file line facing the sideline about 6-7 yards in front of the goal. A coach stands roughly five yards in front of the line with a bunch of balls. To begin, the first player in line steps up and gets in a position similar to a tennis player when they serve the ball, with the arm back over their head and only one hand on the stick. The coach lobs a ball up to where the player can easily catch it, and the player immediately fires a shot into the goal using one hand. Coach Caputo usually gives each player 2-4 reps at a time so they can develop muscle memory.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Don’t cradle the ball.
2) Good weight shift.
3) Focus on form, not accuracy.
4) Hand position on the stick.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “15 Drills for Building a Successful Shooting Program.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Improve Defensive Communication and Offensive Recognition!

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

Rollins College head women’s lacrosse coach Dennis Short knows a thing or two about coaching lacrosse – he took the Tars from a startup program to the D-II Final Four in just five years! In this drill, defensive players will learn to communicate and operate at a disadvantage while the offense takes advantage of any mismatches they create.

Hopkins Drill

Drill Summary: Begin with five offensive players, a goalie in the net and two defenders on the inside. The rest of the players split into two lines (one offense and one defense). The offense begins by passing the ball freely between each other. After each third pass, the next member of the defensive line joins the drill until it becomes 5-on-5. Once both teams are matched up evenly, play becomes live and the group plays until the offense scores or the defense secures the ball. If the defense wins, they get to go on offense. As players get better at the drill, you can decrease the amount of passes between each defensive player entering the drill.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Defense and offense need to communicate.
2) Attack mismatches.
3) Quick ball movement.
4) Intensity!

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Fight Through Contact to Scoop Up Ground Balls!

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

In this variable drill from Lehigh University assistant coach Chad Surman, players will work on absorbing contact as they pick up ground balls and increasing their foot speed. It’s important for long stick midfielders to learn to be tough in competition. Rule the midfield, rule the game!

Smash Pad and Foot Ladder Power GBs

Drill Summary: Set up with players in a single file line facing a coach standing about 10 yards away. Have one player/coach/manager standing in front of the players with a smasher pad. On the whistle, the player at the front of the line is rolled a ground ball from the coach. The player must scoop up the ground ball while absorbing a hit from the smasher pad and then flip the ball back to the coach. Continue the drill for each player in line. For the foot ladder drill, remove the smasher pad and place a foot ladder between the coach and line. After gathering the ground ball, players advance up the ladder getting one foot in each square and keeping the stick low.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Be strong through the motion.
2) Run through the ball.
3) Keep the stick low to avoid defenders.
4) Quick feet.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual Skill Development for Long Stick Midfielders.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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