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Create Space to Score More Goals in a Game!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Marc Van Arsdale was part of Dom Starsia’s coaching staff for the 2011 NCAA Championship at the University of Virginia, and here Coach Van Arsdale provides you with a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.

Question Mark Dodge

Athlete Movement:  The players begin with a ball at about 5 yards below GLE, on one side of the cage. The player then runs directly up field about 7-8 yards up above GLE, they then roll to the outside, take a step or two back towards GLE to create separation from the defender, change hands, and shoot on the goal.

Teaching Points: Two keys to this drill are for the player to keep the stick in close to protect it and to be sure to run far enough above GLE, so that they have space after turning around to still have an angle to shoot on the goal.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Skill Development.




Develop Change of Direction Speed with this Agility Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Rob Rose, provides you with a drill used primarily in football to test agility, but can also be used to determine the agility of your lacrosse players. This drill can be used as a great way to develop change of direction speed for all players. This drill does not take much space and with several coaches, you could run several different groups at the same time for multiple reps.

Pro Agility (5-10-5)

Athlete Movement: The athlete will begin in a ready position. You begin timing on the athlete’s first movement, which is to bend down and touch the ground. The athlete will sprint five yards to touch the left line, turn and sprint 10 yards to touch the farthest line, and then turn and sprint past the start cone. The timer is stopped when the athlete crosses the start cone.

Teaching Points:

  • Each time the athlete touches a line, they must turn their body to face the coach.
  • An alternative is to have the athlete start the drill going in the opposite direction to see if there is a time difference in direction.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Testing and Evaluation for Lacrosse Players.” View the latest videos on Strength & Conditioning for Lacrosse.




See How Your Team Can Shutdown the Opponent’s Offense!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this insightful clip, 6x NCAA Championship Coach, Bill Tierney, guides you through defending carry roll-offs and overloads. Coach Tierney provides excellent explanation on team defensive systems that will shutdown your opponent’s attempts to score. You will learn simple descriptions that any coach can reiterate to their own players to make them smarter athletes.

Zone Defense

Teaching Points: 

Defending Roll-Offs

  • Be more stick aggressive
  • Shut off the roll-off man

Defending Overloads

  • Press out on both adjacents on offense
  • Don’t let the ball move to the other side quickly

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Adjusting Your Multiple Defensive System to Win!.” View the latest videos on Team Defense.




Work on Cradling Techniques and Build Your Field Awareness!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Winningest Coach in NCAA Tournament History, Kelly Amonte Hiller, has players perform a partner passing drill while under pressure. This drill involves two players partner passing while two additional players are standing behind them acting as the opponent. The goal here is for players to build their cradling and awareness skills while throwing or receiving a pass.

Stick Protection Passing Drill

Athlete Movement: The drill starts with partner passing. As the ball is received, a player begins to protect the ball while the opponent behind them attempts to check their stick. After a few seconds of protecting, the ball carrier will throw the ball back to their partner and they repeat the process.

Drill Benefits: This is a great drill not only to get players to be aware of the area around them, but it also builds a player’s confidence when being challenged by an aggressive defensive unit.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Kelly Amonte Hiller’s Skills of a Champion: The Basics.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Skill Development.




Get Shooting Instruction from the 2014 NCAA Championship Coach!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

In this segment, Back-to-Back NCAA Championship Coach (2014 & 2013), John Danowski, teaches the mechanics of a quick catch and shot. The two keys of this drill are for the player who is shooting to catch the ball behind his head with his hands all the way back and then to transfer his weight from his back foot to his front foot as he shoots. The drill reinforces the concept of quickly catching and shooting.

Time and Room Shooting (Swat the Fly)

Athlete Movement: Have a coach or a player toss a ball in the air to the shooter. Toss the ball behind the player so that he can catch it behind his head and immediately shoot the ball while transferring his weight from his back foot to his front foot. The shooter should not cradle the ball.

Drill Benefits:

  • Good way for players to get a high number of reps without missed opportunities due to bad passes
  • Can be used by the Box lacrosse player where catching and shooting quickly is a must.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.




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