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“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!




Work On Scoring Off the Bowtie!

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

Jack Kaley, German National Team head coach and member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, guides you through two bowtie drills that improve team chemistry and scoring at the net. These practice drills are great to run during the season.

Crease & Double Bowtie Drills

Drill Summary: In the Crease Bowtie drill, the onside man picks for the offside man in front of the net, then they reset. While they’re doing this, a feeder runs up from behind the net with a ball, touches the goal line extended with their foot and feeds a player in front of the net for a shot. In the Double Bowtie drill, the first time the feeder comes up, both cutters are covered, so they must reset and attack again. The feeder retreats, then comes around the other side of the goal before feeding either player on the second attack.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Timing.
2) Footwork for the feeder.
3) Reset while looking at the ball.
4) Simulate reading the defensemen.

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




Develop Deadly Scorers from Behind the Net!

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

University of Virginia associate head coach and offensive coordinator Marc Van Arsdale presents the “Two and Three Man Drill” that works on coming from behind the net to score goals. Drills like this one have made the Virginia lacrosse team a consistent national title contender.

Two and Three Man Drill

Drill Summary: For the Two Man Drill, players form a line ten yards behind the goal and ten yards off the goal on the goal line extended. The line on the goal line extended starts with balls. On the whistle, the first player in the line with balls passes to the first player in the other line. After receiving the ball, the player behind the net receives a screen from the player who just passed them the ball before sprinting to the front of the net and taking a shot. Players should switch lines after each rep. In the Three Man drill, keep both lines from the Two Man drill, but add another line ten yards in front of the goal. The drill begins the same way as the Two Man Drill, but instead of taking a shot on goal, the player from the line behind the goal comes up and feeds a cutter from the line in front of the goal for a shot.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Communication.
2) Set a game-like screen.
3) Crisp passes.
4) Timing.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Attacking from Behind the Goal.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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