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Learn Transition Defense to Stop the Fast Break!

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

Jason Breyo, Assistant Coach at Lambert High School in Georgia, introduces the youth players to the concept of transition defense, otherwise known as stopping the fast break opportunity. The goal here is to slow the fast break to allow the other defensive players to get back and help.

Transition Defense 2-on-1

How it Works:  In this segment, he stresses to the defensive player to play the man with the ball.

Drill Tips: Do not commit too early or over commit so that the offense can recover and play the pass to the other player and be in a position to play that man.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Defensive Skills & Drills for Youth Lacrosse .” To view the latest video selections on Individual Defense, CLICK HERE.




Develop Speed and Agility in Your Lacrosse Players!

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

Rob Rose of True Athlete Performance shares the tools you need to better evaluate your players’ performance with tests that isolate specific abilities. This drill is a way to measure the agility and speed of players. It can be used especially with offensive players to develop their ability to move quickly and change direction in order to create space or dodge a defender.

Roundabout Drill

How it Works: This drill utilizes four cones; two for the start, one five yards up and five yards over, and a fourth, five yards over and five yards back, so that you end with a triangle shape. The athlete begins at the two cones. The timing begins upon the athletes’ first forward movement. They sprint to and around the middle cone, sprint to and around the far cone, from an inside-out direction. They sprint back around the top-middle cone and then finish by running back between the two starting line cones.

Drill Tips: For testing an athlete’s time, only one set up would be needed. But for training purposes, you could run the drill with several setups at the same time so that your entire team could have multiple reps in a short amount of time.

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




Conditioning Exercise to Improve Speed and Body Positioning!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff runs their players through a ‘Turn & Sprint Drill.’ This exercise focuses on training players to open up their hips to a direction behind them and “fire off” a line out of a static position. Players will become more confident in their skills to stay with or slide to their opponent.

Turn & Sprint Drill

This involves setting up cones 10 yards apart in a line that is also 10 yards infield from a sideline. As the player is positioned on the sideline between two of the cones, a coach will communicate to the player to go left or right.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Speed, Agility & Strength Training for Championship Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Strength & Conditioning, click here.




Learn an Effective Attacking Drill from 2013 NCAA Champ, Jenny Levy!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Head Coach for the 2013 National Championship UNC Women’s Lacrosse team, Jenny Levy, gives you a great drill for building technique on finding or creating cutting lanes, taking a shot, and learning to take advantage of a defender’s positioning. It teaches players to be aggressive in their attack and to use their vision to find scoring opportunities.

The Fish Hook Drill

A defensive player is optional, as seen in the video, since the focus of the drill is the fish hook motion and the cut. An additional option for the drill is to have the feeder looking for an option to shoot on goal as well.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” To view the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse, click here.




Catching Basics for Your Youth Lacrosse Players!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beth Larkin, 2010 New Jersey Coach of the Year, uses the Crosse Trainer to discuss catching basics. She advises players to keep their stick head out in front of the body and above the shoulder. Movement of each player’s feet is also stressed to ensure that they can get to the ball and catch it.

Catching Basics

For youth players, it is recommended that a coach throw balls by hand to players instead of having partners throw passes that may be too fast or inaccurate.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Girls).” To view the latest video selections on Lacrosse Skill Development, click here.




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