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Practice Picking Up Midfield Attackers!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Jack Kaley, German National Team head coach for the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships, presents a practice drill that pits two defenders against three offensive players in a numbers disadvantage situation. Defenders will work on sliding up to stop the ball and rotating accordingly.

Away Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net, an offensive player and a defensive player five yards in front of the goal, another offensive and defense player 10 yards in front of the goal, and a midfielder at midfield with a ball. On the whistle, the midfielders sprints directly toward the goal. When they’re about 20 yards away, they must choose to go right or left. After the midfielder has chosen a side, the defender closest to the ball must run up and take the ball while the other defender rotates. The midfielder should attempt to throw a pass to the offensive player who’s open, and they try to score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Top defender picks up ball.
2) Defense needs to rotate.
3) Offense passes to the open man.
4) Defense needs to get in passing lanes, if possible.

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

Develop Better Agility on the Field!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

If you’re looking to build faster, more agile players, the “Cut Drill” from Lehigh University head strength & conditioning coach, Eric Markovcy, is an exercise you’ll want to learn. By working on speed, footwork and direction, your athletes will be able to maneuver around the field and improve all aspects of their game.

Cut Drill

Drill Summary: Set up six cones in a zig-zag formation. There should be about four yards between each cone. Coach Markovcy uses resistance bands with his athletes in this drill. Players start at one end of the cones and run from cone to cone, zig-zagging and focusing on planting their foot, pivoting, squaring their shoulders and accelerating toward the next cone. Do reps with resistance bands first, then without bands second.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Pivot on outside foot at each cone.
2) Bend at the hips when pivoting.
3) Square shoulders after pivoting.
4) Explode to the next cone.

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

Learn Three Ways to Defend a Pick & Roll!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Two time All-American defenseman at Georgetown University and Schmeisser Award winner as a senior, Brodie Merrill, runs through the three different ways to defend a pick & roll. The offense’s actions determine which method of defense is the most effective, and Merrill demonstrates how to pull off each one.

Defending the Pick & Roll

Drill Summary: The first defensive option against the pick & roll is staying. To stay, have the defender guarding the screener push the screener forward so the on-ball defender can get through and stay with their man.

The second option is switching. The key to switching is communicating between teammates before opening up and swapping the person each defender is guarding.

The third and final option is jumping the ball carrier. To jump, communicate between teammates, then double the ball as the screen is being set. It’s important to deny passes to the roller while doubling, so be sure to harass the ball handler’s hands after jumping them.

Keys to the Drill:

1) For “staying,” push the picker through.
2) For “switching,” communicate and open up to the ball.
3) For “jumping,” double the ball carrier.
4) For “jumping,” harass the ball carrier’s hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Brodie Merrill’s ‘Defensive Player of the Year’ Skills and Drills.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Top High School Lacrosse Coaches are Championship Productions Authors

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Friday, July 10, 2015

USA Today recently ranked two Championship Productions authors and their teams as the best high school squads in the nation at the conclusion of the 2015 lacrosse season.

John Nostrant, head coach at The Haverford School, led his team to an undefeated 26-0 season, including a championship at the first ever Inter-Ac Challenge post-season tournament. The Haverford School finished the season ranked as the #1 boys team in the country by multiple media outlets.

Coach Nostrant has authored three great products with Championship Productions:

High School Coaching Academy: All-Access Haverford Lacrosse Practice with John Nostrant
High School Coaching Academy: Training the Lacrosse Goalie
High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice

On the girls’ side, McDonough School head coach Chris Robinson led the Owings Mills-based squad to their seventh consecutive IAAM A conference title and a #1 ranking at the end of the season. The 21-0 season extended a winning streak for the McDonough School that began all the way back in 2009 – an incredible 133 victories in a row.

If you’d like to receive instruction from Coach Robinson himself, check out both of his products from the Championship Productions library:

Skills & Drills to Develop the Complete Lacrosse Player
Drills to Build a Dodge-First Offense

See the products above and many more in the world’s largest selection of instructional lacrosse videos, books and DVDs!

Top Teams in 2015 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships are Championship Productions’ Authors!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, May 11, 2015

The NCAA D-I, D-II and D-III Men’s Lacrosse Championships are already underway, and Championship Productions has had the privilege of working with top tournament coaches at every level! Now, you can gain knowledge and instruction from some of the best coaches in NCAA men’s lacrosse. Below is a list of the tournament coaches we have worked with. Check out the world class list of Championship Productions’ authors, and click on the coaches’ names to see more information about their products:

Division I

#1 seed: Notre Dame Fighting Irish – Head Coach, Kevin Corrigan – (11-2)
#2 seed: Syracuse Orange – Head Coach, John Desko – (13-2)
#4 seed: Denver Pioneers – Head Coach, Bill Tierney – (14-2)
#5 seed: Duke Blue Devils – Head Coach, John Danowski – (12-6)
#7 seed: Virginia Cavaliers – Head Coach, Dominic Starsia; Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale – (10-5)
Brown Bears – Head Coach, Lars Tiffany – (12-5)
Ohio State Buckeyes – Head Coach, Nick Myers – (12-6)
Colgate Red Raiders – Head Coach, Michael Murphy – (10-6)
John Hopkins Blue Jays – Head Coach, Dave Pietramala; Assistant Coach, Bobby Benson – (10-6)

Division II

#1 seed: Limestone Saints – Head Coach, J.B. Clarke – (18-1)

Division III

Tufts Jumbos – Head Coach, Mike Daly – (18-2)
Salisbury Seagulls – Head Coach, Jim Berkman – (17-4)
Stevenson Mustangs – Head Coach, Paul Cantabene – (16-5)


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