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Mimic Joe Amplo’s NASCAR 1-3-2 Set!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A big part of the philosophy for Joe Amplo, Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, is to use drills that mimic game-like situations and actions in practice. For Coach Amplo’s NASCAR 1-3-2 set, he uses the “4-Man Open Heat” drill to simulate long passes and dodges.

4-Man Open Heat

Drill Summary: To begin, a dodger stays tight to the dodge line and passes to an attackman underneath the goal. To get open, the attackman V-cuts out and executes a pull pass to another attackman on the opposite side of the goal. That attackman then passes to the last middie in front of the goal, who shoots at the net.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Dodger stays tight to dodge line.
2) V-cut to get open.
3) Accurate passes.
4) SPEED.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Drills for Mimicking Your Offense: Pairs, 1-3-2 & 1-4-1.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Develop Muscle Memory with a Re-Dodge Drill!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Josh Dionne, two time All-American at Duke University and assistant coach at U.S. Naval Academy under Cindy Timchal, explains the “Re-Dodge Drill.” In the drill, players improve their muscle memory in a situation where they get doubled while approaching the net, allowing them to think and play faster during competition.

The Re-Dodge Drill

Drill Summary: Players begin with a ball about 15 yards in front of the goal, just outside either post. One by one, each player runs forward about 8 yards, then re-dodges to the outside to simulate avoiding a double team. Once they’ve gone around a cone or player that represents the double team (depending on how many people you have available), they attack the net and shoot on goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Think less, play faster.
2) Recognize a defenseman is sliding to double.
3) Drop shoulder.
4) Good stick protection.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Developing Multi-Dimensional Midfielders.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Enhance Your Footwork and Movement!

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

Joe Amplo, Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, believes playing the defensive back position is almost like playing defensive midfield. In this footwork routine, you’ll learn a few drills designed to improve posture, movement and agility.

Footwork Drills

Drill Summary: Athletes start in a horizontal line (three players at a time, about 3-5 yards between each player) about 15 yards in front of a coach. On the whistle, players run forward until the coach points a certain direction. Whichever way the coach points, that’s where the defenders slide to while maintaining good defensive posture.

Another drill in the video involves defending a cone. Players line up in a single file line and the first person in the line steps forward to guard the second player in line. On the whistle, the defender works to keep the offensive player from reaching a cone behind them by using good defensive fundamentals.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Start and finish in good posture.
2) Hands at hip height.
3) Butts low.
4) Head up entire time.

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

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Practice Set Plays in a Skeleton Formation!

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

Using a skeleton formation with no defenders to practice your offensive sets can help your players understand which passes and shots are available at all times. Salisbury University head coach, Jim Berkman, shows you a few sets out of the skeleton that his teams have used en route to 10 Division III National Championships.

Skeleton: Set Plays

Drill Summary: In the video above, you’ll see three different plays executed from a skeleton formation (no defenders present): 3-3 Play, 3-3 to 1-4-1 Play and 1-3-2 Wheel Play.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Man-Up Progressions & Practice Implementation.” Browse other world class Lacrosse videos at ChampionshipProductions.com!

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Improve Your Shooting with Tennis Balls!

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

High Point University head coach, Jon Torpey, is fresh off leading the Panthers to a Southern Conference championship. Coach Torpey teaches players a drill in this clip that requires them to make a pass to a teammate and shoot to the far third of the goal, improving accuracy of both passes and shots.

Shooting With Tennis Ball

Drill Summary: Form a line about 15 yards in front of the goal and set a cone roughly 12 yards in front of the net. Every other player in line should have a tennis ball. The first player runs up and makes a move on the cone, then darts to the right at an angle. Once they’ve ran about 5 yards, they turn and run backward, then throw a follow pass to the next person in line. The person receiving the pass get it just on the right of the cone and shoots the ball toward the far third of the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Aim for the far third of the goal.
2) Full speed cuts.
3) Hands far down the shaft (shooter).
4) Accurate shots and passes.

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

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