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Archbishop (MD) Spalding Head Boys Lacrosse Coach, Kenneth “Bear” Davis, shows you a drill called 10 Yard Fight. This drill begins to set the foundation for youth players to play solid defense using their feet and body position, while giving the offensive player an opportunity to practice using several different dodges.
Drill Summary: This is a quick drill to set up using cones that are set 10 yards apart from each other into a square. The older your players are, you can widen or lengthen the distance between the cones. The object of the drill is for the offensive player to begin at one end of the box with a ball in his stick and to successfully get to the other side without being pushed out of bounds or dropping the ball. The drill can be done in a progressive manner where the defender may not have a stick, and work up to using a stick. You can make this drill competitive with one player having to do five push-ups if they are pushed out, or something similar. Coach Davis feels that this drill can be used from kindergarteners all the way up to college.
Teaching Points: Coach Davis uses several different catch phrases to engrain certain points to the defensive players. Some examples are “keep your nose behind your toes”, “hands on hips” and “keep your feet moving.”
Kelly Amonte Hiller, Head Coach of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse program, will show you a basic quick stick drill using a rebounder or “punch back.” This drill, with its ability to produce a large number of repetitions, helps players build excellent muscle memory, hand-eye coordination, and flexibility.
Drill Setup: The drill involves one player, a stick, a ball, and the punch back.
Athlete Movement: While approximately 4-6 yards away, the player will throw the ball to the punch back, and it will rebound the ball back to the player. The player will receive the ball, bring the stick and ball to rest near their shoulder without cradling, and continue with the next repetition.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!
Don Zimmerman, 3x National Championship Coach, discusses and illustrates a Full-Field Three Man Weave Drill. This drill teaches the players to quickly move off the ball to be in the proper position.
Drill Setup: The drill begins with all players at one end of the field at about GLE. Each of the players from the three, main positions (Attack, Middie, and Defense) count off 1 through 3, amongst their position groups to ensure that each line has a variety of different position players.
Athlete Movement: The ball begins in the center line. The first man in each line run forward together, while passing and the passer runs to the line where he just threw it to. The player who caught the ball continues running to the middle of the field and then throws the ball to the other line.
Teaching Points: The unique thing in this drill that Coach Zimmerman teaches is for the middle player who just passed the ball, to then run with the stick in one hand to the line he has to enter. This is where a player is taught to run with only one hand on the stick, for speed.
Jenny Levy, University of North Carolina Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, has the team work on perfecting a “jump cut” which consists of a player driving around their defender’s blindside, and down the left or right sides of the goal to receive a pass and get a shot on goal.
Drill Setup: There are four lines of players: one at the top of the 12 meter arch, one line on each wing, and one line behind the net on the end-line. A goalie is optional. Balls are placed at both wing lines. A cone is placed at each wing line and at the line behind the net. Additionally, 3 cones forming a line are placed on both sides of the goal, and 4-5 cones in a line are positioned between the 12 and 8 meter arch.
Athlete Movement: The drill starts with a pass from one of the wing lines to the line behind the net. The new ball carrier will drive to the opposite side of the goal, break down at goal line extended, and begin to fade or “pull” away towards the nearside corner of the field. During that “pull”, the jump cut player at the top of the 12 meter arch will drive down towards the ball carrier, receive the ball on the run and shoot. This drill will repeat itself; alternating from each side of the field per repetition.
Eric Markovcy, Lehigh University Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, focuses on individual player development to become better lacrosse players. This drill is intended to train the players to put their bodies in a position to be explosive and to keep their feet under them.
Athlete Movement: The players begin five yards back from three middle cones. The three cones are separated from each other by about two yards. On the coach’s command they will run to the assigned cone, most importantly without taking a false step. The athlete has to be sure to initiate the direction with the correct foot so as not to get their feet crossed up. Once the command is given, the player is to take a high step with the directionally appropriate foot, rather than to take a false step.
A variation of this drill can be done with two players that are about 10-15 yards away, but facing each other. One athlete is the offensive player and the other athlete is the defensive player. Whichever cone the offensive player sprints to, the defender has to get to by ensuring to initiate his first step appropriately.
Teaching Points: Coach Markovcy makes the point that in a drill like this with an element of competition, form sometimes disappears. The players must focus on using the proper technique in the competitive environment.
This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Speed, Agility and Explosiveness Training for Lacrosse.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!