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Train Offensive Players to Recognize a Slide!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

U.S. Naval Academy assistant women’s lacrosse coach, Josh Dionne, takes you through a drill that will help your attackers recognize when the defense slides up to defend the ball. By timing a pass correctly, the attacker should be able to dump the ball off to a teammate and give them a great shot on goal.

Slide Recognition Drill

Drill Summary: Set up with a goalie in the net and three pairs of offensive and defensive players. There should be a pair of players on both sides of the goal (about five yards on either side) and one pair about five yards in front of the goal. Once those players are in position, another player takes their spot 10 yards away from the goal at a 45 degree angle with their back turned to the rest of the drill. Each pair of players is assigned a number 1-3. As the coach blows the whistle to start the drill, they hold up one of the numbers and the defender whose corresponding number is picked must slide up and attack the ball carrier. As the defense slides up, it’s the ball carrier’s duty to throw to the offensive player who was just left open, and that player tries to score a goal. Note that this drill can be altered depending on where your offense usually gets doubled around the goal.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Recognize where the slide came from on offense.
2) Harass the ball carrier on defense.
3) Accurate passes.
4) Communicate on offense and defense.

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


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