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Move the Ball Within the Man Up Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sean Kirwan, Brown University assistant coach, helps his players work on their ball movement abilities within the “Loaded Passing” drill. The drill trains athletes to catch a ball loaded and be ready to score, before passing to an open teammate who has a better chance to get the team a point.

Loaded Passing

Drill Summary: Set up with five players in a circle of 15-20 yards in diameter. In the middle of the circle, place a ball bag or some other object. On the coach’s command, players pass the ball around the circle, working on quick ball movement and calling out “one more” to simulate a game situation where you’re trying to beat the defense’s rotation. The progression of the drill is to add one step after catching each ball to mimic the desire to attack the goal. Have each player’s toe point directly at the ball bag in the center of the circle on their step.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Basic & Advanced Man Up Offense.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Be in the Correct Position on Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, Joe Amplo, shows you a drill for positioning on defense. To keep offensive players from gaining an advantage, being in the right spot on the field depending on the location of the ball is crucial for a team’s success.

Live Approach Drill

Drill Summary: This drill is designed to work on a defender’s approach off of two passes. Set up with a single defender five yards in front of the goal (landmark position), an offensive player 10 yards behind the cage, an offensive player on the wing and one more out front. When the ball is with the offensive player out front, the defender should be in landmark position. As it’s passed to the wing, the defender should begin their approach and get to roughly halfway between landmark and their man (the player behind the cage). If the ball is passed to the player behind the cage, the defender completes their approach while staying in a good stance. During the drill, pass the ball between the offensive players at full speed and have the defender work on their positioning.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Fixing Common Defensive Mistakes.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Develop Straight Up Approach Technique!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The approach is an essential part of individual defense and preventing opposing players from getting where they want to go. Jon Torpey, head coach High Point University, uses the “V-Footwork” drill to get his athletes tons of reps that will help them be ready to execute an approach during a game.

V-Footwork

Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Individual and Team Defense Drills & Techniques.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




A Drill for Winning the Draw!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

U.S. Naval Academy assistant women’s lacrosse coach, Gabby Capuzzi, has spent time learning under eight time National Championship head coach Cindy Timchal. In this clip, you’ll learn a drill for the draw that pits two players on your team against each other.

Drawing Against Each Other

Drill Summary: Set up with a single line of players. In front of the line about 5-7 yards away at a 45 degree angle on both sides is a cone. Athletes alternate taking off and executing a straight up approach on the cones. When approaching, players should come out hard, chop their feet, plant their foot at the cone and take an aggressive step back. After that, chop feet again, gather and go wide outside. The drill is used to simulate forcing a dodger to their weak hand and initiating a contact check afterwards.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Winning the Draw.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!




Increase the Agility of Your Goalies!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

To become a high-caliber goalie, you must possess the speed and agility necessary to maneuver in front of the goal as effectively as possible. Adam Ghitelman, USC head coach and former All-American goalie at Virginia, shows you the “Rabbit & Dog” drill, which will help you maximize agility.

Rabbit & Dog

Drill Summary: Set up two cones roughly 3 yards apart (to simulate the width of a goal). One player will be the “rabbit” (leader) and one player will be the “dog” (player who mimics the rabbit). Players face each other and begin in the middle of the cones. On the whistle, the “rabbit” begins shifting back and forth between the cones, randomly planting and shifting at will. The “dog” player must mirror the rabbit until the rep is over. Each rep should be about 20-30 seconds long, and Coach Ghitelman usually has each player do three sets each (as both the rabbit and dog).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Encyclopedia of Goalkeeping.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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