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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!








Dodge Defenders for a Clear Shot on Goal!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dodging is an essential skill for any lacrosse player that wants to become a force on the attack. Scott Tucker, head women’s coach at Limestone College, shows you a drill he teaches his players to help them work on dodging when nearing the goal, then firing an accurate shot.

Dodging Drill

Drill Summary: Set up a pair of cones about 10 yards in front of the net on one side. Every rep needs three players. Start with one player in the middle of the field, one player on the right side, and one player on the left side all 20 yards in front of the goal. The player in the middle starts with the ball, passes to the player on the weak side and cuts through in front of the net. The weak side player then throws a skip pass to the player on the far side, then pinches down to draw in their defender. Finally, the last player catches the ball, attacks the cones, executes a setup move on the cones (which are simulating a defender), then attack the middle and shoot. Coach Tucker recommends using small goals within the goal to give players a better target to aim at.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Use a setup move and attack the defender’s top foot.
2) Get to the middle of the field.
3) Make the skip pass, then pinch.
4) Hit targets on the shot (lower posts).

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “Offensive Sets, Motion and Plays.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




Learn to Handle Pressure and Score on Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Limestone College head coach, J.B. Clarke, shows you a 2-on-2 drill that can help players get more comfortable finding the open man and passing out of a double team. Exercises like this one have helped develop Limestone into a D-II powerhouse on their way to back-to-back national championships.

2-on-2

Drill Summary: Split into groups of four players (two players with one color jersey, two with another color). Start 15 yards away on the goal line extended, with a goalie in the net. Roll a ball into the field of play. Both teams fight for control of the ball. Once one team controls the ball, they become the offense and the other team is on defense. The defense’s job is to double team the player that gets the ball initially. The offense’s job is to pass out of the double team and score the ball.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Control the ground ball.
2) Double team the ball on defense.
3) Handle pressure and pass out of the double team on offense.
4) Score the ball.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “All Access Practice with JB Clarke.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!




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