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Develop Defenseman Awareness on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Chris Gabrielli, Providence College head men’s coach and former Duke University assistant coach, details the awareness required to become a great defenseman. Coach Gabrielli also explains the three main questions that defensemen should be thinking about when they’re on the field.

Awareness

Drill Summary: Whenever a defenseman is in the game, they should be thinking three things:

  1. Where am I on the field?
  2. What is the ball carrier trying to accomplish?
  3. How can I defer the ball carrier from being successful?

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Becoming a Champion: The Defenseman.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Get a Great Communication Drill for Lacrosse!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Bucknell University head women’s coach, Randall Goldsborough, showcases a drill that will help your players improve their recognition and on-field talking. The “Circle Drill” is designed to force athletes to navigate around until they find a teammate to pass to, encouraging great vision and communication.

Circle Drill

Drill Summary: Split the entire team into two equal groups. Begin with one group inside the center draw circle and the other group in a big circle that expands about 10-15 yards past the draw circle. Players on the outside each have a ball. To begin the drill, the players on the outside pass a ball to a player inside the circle. The players on the inside of the circle receive the pass and throw the ball back to the player they received it from. After making their return pass, the players on the inside of the circle must turn and go receive a pass from someone else on the outside circle. The rule is that no passes to an adjacent outside player (from the previous passer) are allowed. Switch groups from the outer and inner circles every minute and work on different shuttles.

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

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Disrupt Passing Lanes with a Knockdown Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lars Tiffany, Brown University head men’s lacrosse coach and two time Ivy League champion, shows you a drill that will help defensemen knock down more passes in front of the goal. Coach Tiffany’s exercise forces defensemen to jump to the ball and recover as they attempt to disrupt passing lanes.

3 vs. 1 Knockdown Drill

Drill Summary: Set up in a triangle formation with an offensive player about 15 yards in front of the net, another about 10 yards toward the sideline from the first player, and one just in front of the goal on the same side. Meanwhile, a defensive player steps into the skip lane between the first and third offensive player. Offensive players pass a ball between each other while the defenseman jumps to each pass. The goal is for the defensive player to knock down passes. Make sure offensive players take some chances to work on game-like situations for the defenseman.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Quick passes.
2) Defenseman jumps to the ball.
3) Use the stick to intercept and deflect balls.
4) Stay in a good stance.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Basic & Advanced Man Down Defense.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Split Dodge and Find a Cutting Midfielder!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

St. Joseph’s University associate head coach and offensive coordinator, Dan Keating, has helped lead the school to back-to-back undefeated conference seasons in 2014 and 2015. In this clip, Coach Keating demonstrates a drill that works on dodging and passing to a cutter for a shot close to the goal.

Money Cut Drill

Drill Summary: One player begins behind the net with a ball and the other starts about 15 yards in front of the net. The player below the goal begins to split dodge. Meanwhile, the midfielder doesn’t clog the corner for the ball carrier and instead works on taking their defender away before cutting up the lane. The player below the goal comes up and passes to the cutting midfielder, who accelerates through the cut with their stick near their ear/face as a vertical target. Once receiving the pass, the midfielder shoots on goal. Do the drill on both sides of the field.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Timing.
2) Set the defender up.
3) Accelerate through the cut.
4) Accurate pass.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Building a 1-3-2 Motion Offense.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Mimic Joe Amplo’s NASCAR 1-3-2 Set!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A big part of the philosophy for Joe Amplo, Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, is to use drills that mimic game-like situations and actions in practice. For Coach Amplo’s NASCAR 1-3-2 set, he uses the “4-Man Open Heat” drill to simulate long passes and dodges.

4-Man Open Heat

Drill Summary: To begin, a dodger stays tight to the dodge line and passes to an attackman underneath the goal. To get open, the attackman V-cuts out and executes a pull pass to another attackman on the opposite side of the goal. That attackman then passes to the last middie in front of the goal, who shoots at the net.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Dodger stays tight to dodge line.
2) V-cut to get open.
3) Accurate passes.
4) SPEED.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drills for Mimicking Your Offense: Pairs, 1-3-2 & 1-4-1.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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