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3 Fundamental Shooting Drills Building On the Motion Offense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

The motion offense is a highly-effective system particularly useful at teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse. Suitable for teams at every level of lacrosse, this distinct pass and move system makes each player a threat with the ball and maintains optimal field balance. Led by Limestone head men’s coach JB Clarke, the following drills all revolve around the motion offense and will serve as perfect practice additions for your lacrosse team.

Attack Shooting

This is a simple catch and shoot drill focusing on accurate passing, catching, cutting, and shooting. Start with two opposite lines behind the net. One player has the ball and starts the drill by cutting up towards the GLE as his drill partner comes around a cone placed about 7-10 yards in front of the net. The ball carrier dishes to the shooter, who gets off a quick shot on cage in front.

Try this drill with only attackmen to start practice. Look to get a ton of shots in a short amount of time with this drill and switch sides each time with the catching and shooting. Also, shooters should aim low at the net, point their off shoulder at the feed, and choke up on the stick when down low.

Tips: Remember to communicate early so your teammate knows where to throw the ball. Shooters, turn your head, pick a spot, and finish hard.


Spill It Scoring

This drill puts the motion offense in play. First, the ball starts up top with a middie and he will dodge hard down the alley before making a circle rollback. Next, try to square up in the top center and throw it to a teammate vacating out of the crease. for a high percentage shot. This is the motion that the offense takes when dodging down the alley.

It’s crucial to make a good hard initial dodge. One of the keys for the guy carrying the ball is that he turns and actually circles back. Otherwise, the defender will be right in his hands. When you roll away, you can get your hands free and this allows you some space from the defender and you can throw that feed.

Tips: Remember to run this drill in both directions and get a lot of realistic shots within the motion offense. Look to attack at the defense’s weakest, which is right after a dodge in this situation. You can add a hitch to the shot, too. This helps when defenders are flying out on the crease player and then you can hitch, step around them, and score.


1-on-1’s (in a 2-on-2 format)

This 1-on-1 drill puts the players in more realistic formats. Start by putting your crease guys in there as well so the drill takes on a 2-on-2 format. From wherever you start the 1-on-1, the dodger must go with his head up and can’t just go running through the crease. You can also put the players behind the net and on the wings to get a ton of reps from different angles. The crease guys have to anticipate what’s really going on.

Rules: The crease defenders are only allowed to slide but can’t double the ball. The dodger cannot throw the ball to the offensive guy in the crease until the defense slides.

Tips: The first part of any good motion offense is that you have to run by someone and force the defense to slide and that creates a 5-on-4 situation. This should be a main goal of what you do; creating unsettled situations behind the ball. Take the time to teach your players how to dodge, make good moves, and get in good positions to score.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Building Your Motion Offense” with JB Clarke. To check out more videos featuring offensive systems, head over to our lacrosse DVD library

The 5-Out Motion Offense: Overview and Key Rules

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The 5-Out Motion Offense is a unique system that has proven to be extremely effective for longtime Villanova head women’s basketball coach Harry Perretta. The versatile offense revolves around a number system that specifies particular actions to be made by the players. This “No Mistake” offense also allows teams to play loose yet aggressively, plus gives them the ability to easily spread the floor and put control in the hands of players.

In this week’s team development feature, you’ll learn basic sets of the offense, key rules, strategies, and options within the system. See what you can pick up and then start immediately implementing with your own squad.

5-Out Motion Offense: Brief Overview

The 5-Out Motion Offense involves five people leaving and filling spots through typical basketball cuts and movements. Each one of the specific cuts is numbered. For instance, 1 is a basket cut, 2 is a curl cut, 3 is a backdoor, 4 is a slip, 5 is a back screen flare, 6 is a pick and roll, and 7 is a handoff.

The object of the numbers is to communicate with the players what you want them to do without having to call a timeout or stopping the flow of the game. Villanova is big on continuous play, so the less the team can prevent stoppages, the more confusion the they can cause for the defense. By using the numbers, Coach Perretta can also say, “start using more 2’s, or mix in some more 3’s.” You can also play where you use a combination of numbers within a possession.

The basic set of the offense is a 1-2-2. It’s important that you keep the court as spread out as possible. Additionally, you’re looking to get more drives out of this offense and get defenders running at you, so keep the lane open. Also, get drives even though you may not be quicker than opponents to force defenders to have to run at you.


Remember, there are no mistakes in this offense. If you make a technical mistake, you just have to fill one of the spots. Once you fill all of the spots, you just continue play from there.

As for the basics, let’s start with the point guard passing to the wing and making a 1 cut or basket cut. The elbow player fills the spot. Next, the player with the ball passes to either one of her nearest teammates. If we are still doing 1 cuts, the players keep making 1 cuts and players continue to fill the spots.

If you make a wing pass and then screen opposite, you’ll want to make a curl cut. So as the screen comes, the opposite player makes a curl cut around the screener. Then we replace.

Rules for the 5-Out Offense

As we are running this, any time the ball gets passed up top, the direction that the ball came from is referred to as the strong side. So we tell players up top to often look back to the strong side (the action seems to work better). Meanwhile, the players on the weak side should delay. Next on the strong side, there’s a screen down by the wing player to the corner player. The corner player makes a 2 cut. If this isn’t open, we can then look back to the weakside because of their delay and we get a chance to go both sides.


All the while, you can play two different ways within the offense. The first is that the players are allowed to play options, where they can play and pass the ball using whatever number they want.

The other way is that you can play where the coach calls out a sequence of numbers, especially if he/she notices that the opposition is trailing on all screens. So the coach may say “do all 2’s” or may say “go with 25”.

With 25, you’ll start by doing the first number twice. Now the kids know that 2 is the first number, so start the top kids a little tighter and the bottom players a little wider for better screening angles. Next, the top players come and screen down and the first move is 2. They curl and replace and hit someone with the pass.

The second time around we do another 2. Now look back to the strong side and then the weakside delay. Now you should move to the second number which is a 5 or flare screen.

Tip: Teach your kids to set opponents up on screens. Also, have the players call out the numbers to each other.

Offensive Keys & Slips

Look to use the numbers 1-5 together, and 6 and 7 as separate. Villanova uses any sequence of 1 to 5. Coach Perretta likes how in the flow of the game, he can change things up without disrupting the action. In this case, Coach will run through “15” quickly to show you it looks and keeps the flow together. Check it out in the video below:


Note: You can use a 4 (slip move) any time you want aside from when curling or backdooring (or else you will run into each other). If you do 4 but there’s nothing open, simple fill the spot, pass, and get the ball up top. The 5 play can also lead to a lot of slips.

The previous clips can all be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Unstoppable, ‘No Mistake’ 5-Out Motion Offense.” To check out more videos featuring set plays and specific systems, simply visit our basketball DVD library


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