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A Great Exercise to Improve Your Face-Offs!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In this face-off drill, Ohio Machine (MLL) Head Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis gives a great explanation on showing young players how to practice face-offs. This drill demands a player to have balance while down in their face-off stance, to know what to do after they win the face-off, and to control the ball after the face-off. This is a great drill for a player to do at home as well as a way for family members to get involved in the progression of their young player.

Face-off Drill

Drill Summary: The drill needs only one player, a ball and stick, an additional person to coach him, and 3 cones preferably of different colors. As you will see in the video, one cone is set 4-5 yards directly ahead of the player, and the other 2 cones are set 4-5 yards behind him with 3-4 yards between them so all 3 cones are forming a tall triangle. The drill begins with the coach telling the player which cone to move the ball to after the face-off. The whistle is blown, the player will clamp down on the ball and “pull out” the ball toward the targeted cone and the drill is finished. The coach will tell the player which cone to target for each face-off they try. The next phase of this drill is controlling the ball after the player pulls the ball from the face-off by going to the ball and picking it up which would then end the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Stick Handling & Shooting Drills for Youth Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Practice a Key Component to the Fast Break!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dominic Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a passing and catching drill that works on catching the ball over the shoulder. This is an excellent way to work on midfielders breaking out for a pass over their shoulder.

Inside Cuts – Catching the Ball Over the Shoulder

Drill Summary: All the players begin in a line. The first player in line runs out to make a cut and the second player in line throws a pass to the space over the shoulder of the first player. The first player makes the catch on the run and immediately turns up field and passes to a coach or another player that is another 10-15 yards up the field. That coach will then throw it back to the first player who, after passing the ball, has turned around and begins running back to where he began. He finishes by passing back to the spot of the next passer.

This drill mimics a key component of executing the fast break. Players should work on using both hands for this drill and use their teammates names as a way to strengthen team communication and to ensure that they pass to the correct player.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn a Great Strength & Conditioning Exercise for Lacrosse!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lehigh University Head Strength & Conditioning Coach, Eric Markovcy, uses a ladder drill that is designed to keep the players’ feet under them. In addition, it is important that the players lead with the proper foot when changing direction. Coach Markovcy also makes the drill more “game specific” by having the players do the ladder drill based upon his voice commands and also upon his hand signals.

Ladder Drill Concept: In/In/Out/Out

Drill Summary: In the ladder drill he stresses hips low and chest high and proud. With the chest up he also wants the eyes up so that the players have the vision to see everything. The players go through the drill with their sticks in their hands. On his mark, the player steps in with both feet and then out with both feet. The players will go both right and left.

Teaching Point: Progression to the voice or hand signals should only be done once mastery of the initial ladder drill is achieved.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Create More Shots on Goal with a Pump Fake!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, walks through a drill that is good to get a defender to rush out at the shooter with a pump fake, then roll into the middle of the field for a shot on goal.

Pump Fake

Athlete Movement: The passer that starts the drill can be a player or a coach at GLE and ten yards outside the pipe. He passes the ball to the player who will catch the ball about 12-15 yards above GLE and at the other set of hash marks. The player takes a step or two and pump fakes a shot, which would be used to draw out or freeze a defender. He then takes a couple more steps into the open area and takes a shot on the run.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Work on Defensive Footwork and Conditioning with This Excellent Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, provides you with a drill that emphasizes defensive footwork. This drill can also serve as a conditioning drill for your team.

Defensive Footwork

Drill Summary: The athletes form three lines. The first player in each line faces the coach and begins to backpedal in a defensive stance. As the coach points right or left, the players shuffle in that direction. On the whistle, all three players turn and sprint to the opposite sideline.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Open Practice with Ricky Fried.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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