Championship Productions Blog

Archives by Tag 'Lacrosse'

Develop Scooping and Cradling with a Fun Youth Lacrosse Drill!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this segment current assistant varsity coach at Lambert (GA) High School, Jason Breyo, offers a glimpse into one of his U9 practices. Watch as he guides his demonstrators through a relay race game in a youth practice. This is a great drill that can reinforce new skills and make practice fun for your youth team. 

Hungry Hippo Relay Races

Overview: In what he calls, “Hungry Hippo” Relay Races, Coach Brey separates the players into two groups and forms them into lines. The first team to get all their balls in the bucket wins.

Player Movements: On the whistle, the first player up will scoop a ground ball, cradle to the bucket, drop the ball in, and sprint back.

Drill Essentials: Each line is about 15 yards from a bucket. Make sure that you put the ball in the bucket and that it doesn’t bounce out.

Drill Tips: Focus on cradling the ball when picking it up off the ground. Have the races be a best of three series to encourage competition.

Check out an additional clip from Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run a Youth Lacrosse Practice.”  If you’re interested in more youth lacrosse coaching videos, click here.

Create Better Field Awareness in Your Lacrosse Players

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this youth drill Glen Ridge (NJ) High School Assistant Coach, Paul Schwern, teaches players to scoop through ground balls with their heads up in order to survey the field.  In a game, this will help your players avoid the opponent and dodge any hits. Players will be able to look and find their teammates much easier when using this drill.

Variation Groundballs

Overview: Coach rolls a ground ball to an approaching player and holds a specific number of fingers up in the air. Once they scoop up the ball they will call out how many fingers coach is holding up.

Player Movements: The players must scoop up the ball and must then bring their head up.

Drill Essentials: The players should have their head up as soon as they get the groundball.

Drill Tips: It is important to cradle shoulder to shoulder.

Check out an additional clip from Championship Productions’ DVD “CrosseTrainer: Building Proper Stick Skills with Color (Boys).”  If you’re interested in more Lacrosse Drills, click here.

Fan Submitted Drill of the Month: Create Chaos Drill

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Coach Jason Balistreri of Valhalla High School (San Diego, CA) has been using this lacrosse drill at the middle and high school levels for years and it’s always one of his team’s favorite drills. It utilizes team communication, field awareness and balance, scramble offense and defense, clearing and riding, and can also focus on specific coaching points.

Create Chaos Drill – Brief Overview

Split the team into two equal sides with different colored pinnies. Have the players line up on the separate corners of the end line, with one team in each corner. Have four players from each team line up staggered (white, dark, white, dark, etc.) around the crease line of the goal. Make sure they are spread out equally with their toes on the line and facing in towards the goal. Also, have the players close their eyes and have their heads looking down.
Now it’s time for the chaos. To start, a coach lobs a ball in a random spot of the box. On the bounce, the goalie calls out the position of the ball on the field and all the players have to react and fight for the ball. Whichever team gets possession first plays offense 4 v 4. The defensive team must always clear the ball with any save or stop of play. After the clear, the players go back to their respective lines and four more players from each team lines up around the crease for another rep.
Coaching Points and Variations
– Not everyone should fight for the ball at once, have far side players stay back to defend the goal and balance the field.
– I prefer 4 v 4, but you can go 2 v 2 or 3 v 3 with a smaller roster, or even go 5 v 5 or 6 v 6. Just keep the same format and even mix up the numbers if you want. It’s great for the kids to adjust to the different numbers and adjust their structure/responsibilities on defense and offense.
– Make sure to have at least one pole on the field for each team. It allows them to learn offensive principles, which ultimately makes them better defenders and become more complete lacrosse  players. In 4 v 4, I actually like to have have two poles and shorties go together. This is terrific for the poles to get low on the clears and practice a mini 3 v 2 clear with the goalie as the shorties break up top to get free.
– The offense should focus on moving the ball quickly after the ground ball and dodge the weak side. This keeps the reps quick and high tempo. However, the coach can slow things down by having the offense focus on certain points.
     – Find the short stick matchups or utilize big-little picks to get a shorty on a good dodger.
     – Get in a box and focus on picks up top, down low, or on the wings.
     – Box again and focus on adjacent slides from up top or COMA slides down low.
     – Get in a “Y” formation with either two down low or up top, just have one on the crease. Now you can practice crease slides from either picks from the pair or from the iso dodge by the lone offender on the perimeter.
     – Put two on the crease and work on inside two man games.
     – Run any part of your offense; 4 v 4 options are endless or go full out 6 v 6.
Just use this drill as a fun start and enjoy the chaos!

Install a High Pressure Defense & Use Small Group Games to Get Better Today!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Thursday, May 30, 2013

We have just come out with two new Lacrosse DVDs featuring Dennis Short, Rollins College Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. He took Rollins from a startup program to the Division II Final Four in just five years! Discover new small sided games that you can use in practice. Also, develop a solid high pressure defense that will prevent the opponent from creating a strong attack.

Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development

  • Develop your players’ skills with fast-paced drills and game-intense reps that will maximize your practice time
  • Build your conditioning right into your practice drills
  • Effectively mirror game situations attackers and defenders will face when playing around the cage

Small Group Games for Rapid Player Development

Installing a High Pressure Defense

  • Create significantly more turnovers and greatly reduce your opponents’ shots on goal
  • Disrupt the settled attack used by many teams
  • Stop reacting to your opponent’s offense and start dictating play with your defense

Installing a High Pressure Defense

Purchase Dennis Short’s Coaching Lacrosse 2-Pack and save $10!Dennis Short's Coaching Lacrosse 2-Pack

Team Tempo Drills for Lacrosse Practice

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Former US National Team member and World Cup gold medalist Randall Goldsborough has created an exciting and fast-paced series of drills. These drills will challenge your players to apply the fundamental skills they already know to comprehensive, advanced small game exercises. In this Lacrosse DVD, Coach Goldsborough demonstrates exciting and progressive ways to teach:

Team Tempo Drills for Lacrosse Practice

  • Take your team to the next level with these high intensity drills aimed at more experienced players
  • Train your players to perform better in games by challenging them to a higher standard in practice
  • Replicate the `chaos’ of game situations in practice to improve skills and communication
  • These drills involve a lot of players, a lot of concepts, a lot of movement and a lot of chaos! 

    Team Tempo Drills for Lacrosse Practice


Drake University Continuing Education Gold Medal Guarantee Sign Up for our Newsletter Request a Catalog Testimonials Career Opportunities
SecurityWorry-Free Shopping
Championship Productions, Inc. Follow danbergan on Twitter