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Improve Your Passing, Catching & Conditioning with the Line Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, September 9, 2014

University of Virginia Head Coach, Dominic Starsia, and Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, discuss a line drill for passing and catching.  The Line Drill will reinforce your passing and catching technique; the essential skills that are worked on every day.  This drill also contains great conditioning work because the players are always in motion, especially if there are only a few players in each line.

Line Drill: Passing and Catching

Begin with two or three players about 15-20 yards across from another two or three players. One player begins by running towards the opposite teammate and passes the ball.  After the catch, that player now runs toward the opposite teammate and passes the ball.

Some key points taught are:

  1. Pass the ball to the box, a space that is defined by above the shoulder, beside the head and not much above the helmet.
  2. The goal is for the catch to be near the ear, with soft hands and an immediate pull back of the hands.
  3. Make a quick pass to the other player – you’re not looking for a lot of cradling in this drill, but a quick release.
  4. Switch hands for off-hand passes and catches.

The next progression would be a catch left-handed, switch hands, and pass with the right hand.

This excerpt came from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting!  To view more instructional lacrosse videos, click here!




Create Game-Like Situations with the Split Dodge/ Shooting Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.  This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.

Split Dodge – Shot on the Run Down the Middle

The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.

This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.

This excerpt was taken from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.  To view more shooting instruction, click here.




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.




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