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Save More Shots by Targeting the Drive Hand!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Lehigh University goalie coordinator, Errol Wilson, uses these wall ball drills to get his goalies to stop balls using their top (drive) hand. Coach Wilson stresses the importance of training the top hand, as goalies use it to control where their sticks go while defending the net.

Top Hand Drill

Drill Summary: The goalie stands in front of a wall with a goal outline taped on it. The goalie takes their stance and gets their stick in ready position, but keeps only their top (drive) hand on the stick. The coach throws a ball at the goalie, who must use only their drive hand to make the save. Throw the ball back and repeat. Progression: Have the goalie stand a few feet off the wall, and throw the ball off the wall so the goalie has to stop it using a quick reaction.

Keys to the Drill:

1) No false movements.
2) It’s okay to keep your other hand in front of your body.
3) Use the same motions as you would with two hands on the stick.
4) Always start in a good stance.

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




Take Advantage of Numbers on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Don Zimmerman, UMBC head coach and three-time national champion, runs players through the “implosion drill” to refine attacking and defending skills. On offense, players work on passing and cutting to get an open shot, and on defense, athletes improve rotations and communication.

Implosion Drill

Drill Summary: This is a 4-on-3 drill. Divide into two teams in different color jerseys and determine which team is on offense and which is on defense. Set up with four lines of offensive players in four corners of an open square (about 20×20 yards) in front of the net, and three lines of defensive players around the square (one on each side of the goal, and one 20 yards in front of it). To begin, the coach rolls a ball in play. If the offense controls the ball, they must work together to try to score it. If the defense controls the ball, they must stay low and get the ball out of the drill. As a progression, start players further away from the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Stay low when clearing.
2) Defense stays in a triangle when defending.
3) Ball movement on offense.
4) Communication.

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




Push the Ball on the Fast Break!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

With this drill from Bucknell University head women’s coach, Randall Goldsborough, your team will learn to push the ball in transition and get a scoring opportunity quickly. Beating the defense down the field before they can get set will give players a higher chance at a goal.

Fast Times

Drill Summary: To set up, start with two opposing players at midfield, offensive and defensive players matched up on both halves of the field, and a goalie in front of each net. The drill starts with a draw at midfield. Whoever wins the draw advances the ball up the field, trying to score via a fast break or slow break on the opposing team’s goal. Play until a shot on goal or until 10 seconds have gone by, then restart at midfield.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Look for the fast break.
2) Look for the slow break.
3) Teamwork.
4) Communication.

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




Practice Clearing to Get More Possessions on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Limestone College head coach, J.B. Clarke, uses the “Clearing Stick Work” drill to make sure his team clears at least 90% of the balls they gather in the defensive half of the field. Being able to clear the ball with consistency will allow your team to have more chances to score on offense.

Clearing Stick Work

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, three riders in the field, and three offensive players circling the net. On the whistle, the offensive players break out, with one heading up the field and the other two cutting toward the sideline to serve as outlets for the goalie. The goalie feeds the ball to one of the outlets and the offense reverses the ball once or twice before sending it up the field. While the offense passes the ball around, the riders guard the offense to provide a game-feel. After moving the ball past the midline, rotate new groups in.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Goalie communication and decision making.
2) Accurate passes.
3) Recognition.
4) Positioning.

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




Create Deception by Using the Flip Series!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Flipping and fake flipping the ball in the middle of the field can cause the defense to become confused, which is exactly what Lehigh University head coach Kevin Cassese aims to accomplish with the flip series. If players learn to execute the flip and fake flip with proper technique, it becomes extremely difficult to react to on defense.

Flip Series

Drill Summary: This is a two player drill. Players start about 20 yards apart in the middle of the field, facing upfield. One person begins the drill by throwing a ball to their partner, who simulates dodging and evading a defender before sweeping across the middle. Both players should cross over the middle of the field at about the same time, and the player with the ball subtly flips the ball to the other. The player who receives the flip splits to their outside hand and both players make it look like they have the ball. For the fake, instead of flipping the ball to the player, make a flipping motion, but have the player with the ball keep it instead of giving it up.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Timing.
2) Sell the flip.
3) Evading defenders to get open.
4) Communication.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Kick Start Your Offense with the Two-Man Game.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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