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Use This Fast Pace Drill to Work on Shooting Techniques!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mark Petrone coaches alongside highly successful Haverford School Head Coach, John Nostrant. This is a fast-paced shooting drill that gets the players a high number of shots on goal in a short amount of time. This drill reinforces technique and is a great way to work on placement.

Warm Up Shooting Drill

How it Works: Form two lines of players, five yards outside each pipe and 20 yards out from the cage. One player passes to the other side, who catches and then takes a shot. The player who passed, receives the next pass from the other side for the next shot. And it continues in that fashion at a high pace.

Drill Tips:

  1. Know where you want to place the ball before you get it
  2. Show your back to the goalie, then follow through with your shoulders

  3. Shoot hard and overhand, and point where you want the shot to go

To increase the challenge, give your players a defined area to shoot at such as a lower corner, far side pipe, high corner. This same drill can also be done from different distances from the front of the cage.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” View the latest video selections on Shooting Technique.




Improve Quickness and Change of Direction with the “T Drill”

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with a test that isolates specific abilities. This agility drill is a way to measure the quickness of an athlete and their ability to change direction. The learnings are appropriate for all age levels.

The T Drill

How it Works: You need four cones and a stopwatch. The four cones are set up in a “T” formation. The player begins at the line and the stopwatch is started once the athlete begins to move. The athlete has to run and touch the middle cone, shuffle to touch the right cone, turn and run to touch the far left cone, shuffle back to touch the middle cone, then backpedal across the starting/finish line. It is important that the player touch the top of each cone.

Drill Tips: This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for defensive players. Because this drill doesn’t take much space, you could run several different groups at the same time.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” View the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning.




Help Your Players Become a More Complete Offensive Force!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, teaches the basic fundamentals and mechanics required for proper shooting. To help your players become more complete shooters, Coach Danowski explains that good shooting technique is a total body process that utilizes proper foot placement, the legs, core, upper body, and hands/wrists.

Shooting Basics

How it Works: The drill begins with the players in two lines a few yards wide of the pipes and about even with the top of the crease. One line feeds the other, a player catches the ball, gets his hands back (kisses his shoulder), and then shoots at the goal. This drill is about repetition and reinforcing proper technique.

Drill Tips: Younger players may need to be reminded to keep their back hand above the height of the front hand in order to keep the ball in the pocket as they shoot.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Shooting Drills.




Work on a Variety of Offensive Skills with This Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Assistant Coach Mark Petrone of The Haverford School, has his team work for plays initiating from behind the cage. The Island Curl incorporates dodging, change of direction, quick release, and a mid-range shot.

Island Curl

How it Works: The drill begins with a passer (with a pile of balls) 20 yards above the cage and the others at X. A player at X with the ball initiates a dodge, runs up to the five and five (5 yds outside and 5 yds above the goal), rolls and takes a quick shot. He then rolls outside at the ten and ten, receives a pass and takes an outside shot at the goal.

Drill Tips: It is a great drill for Attackmen, but is also good for Middies for conditioning and shooting in tight space. The players standing at X need to be paying attention to shots that are off the mark.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” To view the latest video selections on Shooting Drills, CLICK HERE.




Create Space to Find the Open Shot!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

John Danowski, Duke University Head Lacrosse Coach, reinforces the need for players to learn to shoot on the run. The technique that he teaches is designed to create separation between the shooter and the defender, in order to get off a shot.

Shooting on the Run

How it Works: The drill begins with players approximately 5-7 yards above GLE. A player will pick up a ball and take only a few steps before jumping off their inside foot and shooting. Some might call the movement a “hitch” that is used to create separation from the defender.

Drill Tips: In this drill, continue to reinforce good shooting techniques that include getting the hands back and kissing the shoulder. Note that the shooters are aiming for the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would be protecting the near pipe.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Skill Development, CLICK HERE.




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