Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, provides you with a drill that emphasizes defensive footwork. This drill can also serve as a conditioning drill for your team.
Drill Summary: The athletes form three lines. The first player in each line faces the coach and begins to backpedal in a defensive stance. As the coach points right or left, the players shuffle in that direction. On the whistle, all three players turn and sprint to the opposite sideline.
Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach & US Women’s National Team Head Coach, has his players working on approaching and defending the opposing ball-carrier. Players organize themselves in a triangle with two offensive players at the base and a defender at the point. When the offensive players exchange the ball, the defender approaches the ball carrier and breaks down in their defensive position. The offensive player then carries the ball ten yards while the defender continues to defend them. Coach Fried focuses on approach, body position, and effective stick checks that can be employed in this defensive situation.
Ricky Fried, Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, has Assistant Coach Lauren Moten walk the attack unit through a shooting drill. Coach Moten focuses on keeping sticks up and open toward the goal and using the wrists to throw fakes.
Athlete Movement: This drill is run with two lines simultaneously to maximize reps. One line starts from up top while a second line attacks from behind the goal.
In this segment, U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach & Georgetown University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, Ricky Fried, focuses on the importance of quick ball movement in a simple but effective “Speed Passing Drill.” Players work through the drill in pairs as they pass the ball quickly back and forth to each other. For coaches at any level, this drill is a good way to evaluate your players’ mechanics and provide instant feedback.
Drill Setup: Players work in pairs and position themselves approximately 15 yards apart from each other. Coach Fried sets a one-minute clock for this drill.
Athlete Movements: Players work on quickly passing the ball back and forth to each other.
Follow along with Georgetown head women’s lacrosse coach Ricky Fried as he breaks down a highly effective 4 v 3 offensive drill. This particular “small” drill places an emphasis on good decision-making, getting solid movement around the goal, and improving fundamentals in compact scenarios. Coach Fried reviews the drill using whiteboard diagrams before moving out to the field for live simulations.
Get four attackers going up against three defenders. The offensive players will start in a box formation, with two players up top and two players down low near the crease.
As the player with the ball is getting ready to pass across, the low players should look to slide down and curl up. The ballside low player will make a C-cut or curl. Don’t go straight forward. The curl ensures you won’t cut right into the defender. Meanwhile, the offball diagonal player should stay tight to the crease. Move on a string together.
Next, hit the other up top player with a pass. As the pass comes across the top, attack the goal. Attack in a shuffling manor, not by squaring up. Shuffle towards the goal and read the defender. If no one comes at you, take the shot. If you can’t shoot, look to hit the diagonal. It’s all about reading the defense and making quick decisions.
Look to constantly stay in a box. This gives you an idea of the shape and spacing you want to maintain. Meanwhile, work on slides in and out as opposed to turning and running in straight lines.
Tips: Get movement down low. Don’t be stationary. Also, make quick, decisive, and direct passes, not lofty ones. Soft passes make the defense recover faster.
The big key to this drill is movement. While the low attacker curls up, the diagonal attacker sets up down near the GLE. As that top cross pass is being made, the low people are on a string. The low person slides down and the other one comes up. The group starts by passing and looking. Get the feel for the motion.
Every time you get the ball, think about shooting. Be willing to take that shot if the defense holds. Defensively, stay compact and rotate opposite.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Small Drills for Offensive Lacrosse Fundamentals” with Ricky Fried. Check out more skill development videos in our lacrosse library by clicking here.