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.
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.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Maggie Griffin, club founder and director of VCNebraska, sees many youth players move around the court in ways that leave them unprepared to play a ball. Because of this, coach Griffin uses the “Shuffle Series” to train her younger players to be agile on the court while maintaining a ready-stance.
Drill Summary: Players get in an area that will allow them to move freely without running into anyone. The first move is shuffling left to right in a straight line, shuffling three times both ways. After the third shuffle and before changing directions, split and touch the ground. The next move is shuffling in a “V” shape. Split and touch the ground every time before changing directions. The next progression is once again using the “V” shape, but instead sprinting forward to the tips of the “V” and backpedaling to the center. Finally, the last move is shuffling around in a figure-8 shape. Make sure to stay in a good stance throughout the entirety of every progression.
Keys to the Drill:
2) Split touch the ground.
3) Quick pivots.
4) Stay in a good stance.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Head Coach for the 2013 National Championship UNC Women’s Lacrosse team, Jenny Levy, gives you a great drill for building technique on finding or creating cutting lanes, taking a shot, and learning to take advantage of a defender’s positioning. It teaches players to be aggressive in their attack and to use their vision to find scoring opportunities.
The Fish Hook Drill
A defensive player is optional, as seen in the video, since the focus of the drill is the fish hook motion and the cut. An additional option for the drill is to have the feeder looking for an option to shoot on goal as well.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Under Rob Fulford, Huntington Prep has finished ranked in the top 6 nationally in all of the major national high school basketball polls over the past two years. In “Zig Zags”, Coach Fulford reviews the fundamentals of a defensive stance along with the movement of playing the basketball defensively. This is a drill Huntington Prep does regularly to reinforce the importance of defense and ball pressure.
Player Movements: After going through this drill first at half speed, in order to warm the team up and review stance, the team goes all out. The drill starts in the corner with players sliding to the elbow, half court at the sideline, opposite elbow, and then opposite corner. Once a player completes the drill on one side of the floor, he will sprint to the next corner and do the same movement in the opposite direction.
Drill Essentials: Players need to stay low, slide without crossing their feet, talk, hit the floor when changing direction, and have active hands.
1) Talk/Be Loud
2) Stay Low in Your Stance
4) Head Up
5) Active Hands