By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Xavier University head coach and 2016 USBWA Henry Iba National Coach of the Year award winner, Chris Mack, presents the “Blackhawk Drill.” This competitive drill focuses on individual positioning on defense as well as recovering and closing out on a man.
Drill Summary: Set up with three players in a line at the top of the key, one player on defense at the free throw line, and a coach/manager on each wing. The first player in line begins with the ball. On the coach’s whistle, the offensive player passes to a wing and cuts through the lane. The defender must jump to the ball on the pass and then shade to cover the cutter. Following the cut, the defender closes out on the next person in line at the top of the key and the process continues until a coach yells “live.” On the live call, the offensive player with the ball at the top of the key takes the defender 1-on-1. If the defender gets a stop, they move to offense and a new defender rotates in.
By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Marquette University head coach and U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team assistant coach, Joe Amplo, shows you a drill for positioning on defense. To keep offensive players from gaining an advantage, being in the right spot on the field depending on the location of the ball is crucial for a team’s success.
Live Approach Drill
Drill Summary: This drill is designed to work on a defender’s approach off of two passes. Set up with a single defender five yards in front of the goal (landmark position), an offensive player 10 yards behind the cage, an offensive player on the wing and one more out front. When the ball is with the offensive player out front, the defender should be in landmark position. As it’s passed to the wing, the defender should begin their approach and get to roughly halfway between landmark and their man (the player behind the cage). If the ball is passed to the player behind the cage, the defender completes their approach while staying in a good stance. During the drill, pass the ball between the offensive players at full speed and have the defender work on their positioning.
By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Duke University Men’s Lacrosse coaching staff runs their players through a ‘Turn & Sprint Drill.’ This exercise focuses on training players to open up their hips to a direction behind them and “fire off” a line out of a static position. Players will become more confident in their skills to stay with or slide to their opponent.
Turn & Sprint Drill
This involves setting up cones 10 yards apart in a line that is also 10 yards infield from a sideline. As the player is positioned on the sideline between two of the cones, a coach will communicate to the player to go left or right.