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.