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Learn Backer Options within a Zone Defense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The backer zone defense has been one of the staples of Scott Tucker’s defense during his time as head coach of the Limestone College women’s lacrosse team. In this clip, you’ll see some of the rotations and options that backers have within the defense and how to defend against certain offensive actions.

Backer Options

Drill Summary: Set up in a basic backer zone defense formation (goalie, a player just outside each post, a player on the points of the 8-meter arc, a player on each side of the top of the 8-meter arc, and a player at the top of the 12-meter fan). Next, add an offense. Let the offense pass the ball around the perimeter and cut players through the middle. The backer’s duty is to only double if the ball is inside the 12 meter fan. Let the perimeter players handle the outside offensive players, and only have the backer step up to guard the ball if the perimeter player gets beat. Call out cutters and rotate as the ball is passed around.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Backer only doubles if ball is inside the 12.
2) Rotate opposite the ball.
3) Call out cutters.
4) Recover after rotations.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “The Backer Zone Defense.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

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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!

Run an Efficient 2-2-3 Triangle Offense!

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Limestone College head women’s lacrosse coach Scott Tucker has often used the 2-2-3 motion offense while leading the Saints to the D-II NCAA Tournament Final Four six times. In this clip, Coach Tucker shows how his players maintain their triangle spacing and work together to set up the offense.

Triangle Set

Drill Summary: In coach Tucker’s 2-2-3, two attackers are positioned behind the goal, two attackers start on the inside and three middies start on the outside. To begin the drill, players pass the ball around the outside of the formation. Once the ball has gone around the outside twice, the center middie passes to an outside middie and cuts to the middle. Meanwhile, the opposite players fill positions, with the outside middie filling up and the inside attacker filling out. The point of the drill is to work on rotating and maintaining spacing.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Ball movement.
2) Communication.
3) Fill open positions.
4) Full speed cuts.

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

Breakdown of the 33 Zone Ride: A Proven Transition Defense

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Are you searching for ways to thwart opponents in their own half of the field? Look no further than the 33 Zone Ride, a proven zone transition defense designed to stop all forms of clearing and transition. Watch as Limestone College head women’s lacrosse coach Scott Tucker lays out the foundation of the system, first using whiteboard diagrams before heading out for on-field demonstrations. This system is an effective way to force turnovers, control the tempo of the game, and keep the ball on your offensive end.

Overview and Player Responsibilities

The purpose of the zone ride is to slow the ball down, prevent fast breaks, force long passes, and create turnovers.

Player responsibilities:

Low Attackers – Responsible for protecting the middle of the field. Put pressure on the goalie with one of your attackers. Get one low attacker on the goal circle with his/her stick up and occupy that space. Force the goalie to pass to the outside or low defenders. The other low attacker is responsible for the 12-15 meter area. This player has the same goal as their teammate, but just in a different spot.

High Attackers – These players line up on the outsides. Put them up on same level as the 12-15 meter low attacker and about 4-5 yards from the restraining line. Occupy that space and pinch toward the middle. Adjust based on your opponent.

Middies – Set up just over the restraining line. All players must react to the ball. Every player’s responsibility changes, however, when the ball is passed. They must know where the ball is at all times.

Player Movements

Players will shift when the ball is passed by the offense. The ride starts off with pressure on the goalie by the low attacker. The riding team must anticipate the pass going to the outside. If the ball gets passed out to the wing, we must now shift all of our players to the ballside of the field. Occupy the clearing team members that are the biggest threat. Possession by the low defender triggers this shift.

Next, the low attacker (formerly on the goalie) now must drop to replace the spot by the other low attacker who was responsible for the middle. This low attacker now must shift to the ballside and the ballside middie will come up and support the high attacker. These two players are now responsible for double-teaming the ball on the ballside. Note: Never pursue the double team. Let them come to you.

From here, all other players are shifting and occupying the threats on the same side of the field that the ball is on. Take control by getting within a stick’s length of the nearest opponent in this space. Shut them off. Sometimes you must improvise. Look to be where you can be helpful. There should be no open players in this area.

Covering Adjacents and Recovery

After the double team is in place, the rest of the riding team will be in new positions after shifting. It’s key that the adjacent threats are cut off, otherwise the double team is a waste of energy. The only option for the clearing team now is the opposite low defender or the goalie.

Now let’s talk about the recovery when the ball switches to the other side of the field. Don’t run in straight lines. Instead, run in angles, or shift at a 45-degree angle to get ahead. We should give the new ball carrier only one option, which is to carry the ball up the field. If they do, it takes time. If we continue to shift over, eventually they will be forced to redirect the ball again. The low attacker and high attacker on that side will eventually go in for the double team while the trailing teammate must now shift and occupying those new spots. Stay ahead of the play and keep everything in front.

Watch in the video below as the clearing team comes in and we walk through this ride. The clearing team will break out into a basic clearing pattern. Notice the shift when the ball is passed to a low defender (when ball is in the air).

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The 33 Zone Ride” with Scott Tucker. To check out more videos featuring riding and transition lacrosse, visit our lacrosse library

New Lacrosse DVD featuring Scott Tucker!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, March 2, 2012

We have recently released two Lacrosse DVDs featuring Scott Tucker.  He is the Limestone College Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Synapse Sports National Coach of the Year.  The names of these two new Lacrosse DVDs are:

The 33 Zone Ride

  • Force more turn overs and keep the ball on your offensive end
  • Give up fewer goals off of fast breaks
  • Control the tempo of the game
  • The Backer Zone Defense

  • Force your opponent to change their offensive game plan
  • Use The Backer Zone Defense to split the field in half to put more pressure on the ball
  • Discover how cutting off the adjacent pass can slow down ball movement
  • Use The Backer Zone Defense in man up or man down situations
  • See how to rotate and cover to better defend the middle cuts
  • Buy the Scott Tucker Defense 2-Pack and save $10!

    Scott Tucker Defense 2-Pack



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