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Get Better at Shooting with Momentum Near the Goal!

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

In the Duke offense, players often start on one side of the field, cut across to receive a pass, then step down to take a shot. Ron Caputo, assistant coach for the Blue Devils, trains players to mimic this crossing motion in the “Step Down Shots” drill to help prepare them for games.

Step Down Shots

Drill Summary: Form a line of players about five yards from the side of the goal, and form another line about 10 yards in front of the goal on the opposite side. One at a time, players in front of the goal take a banana cut and receive a pass from the player at the front of the other line. After receiving the pass, fire a shot at the far side post. Be sure to switch lines after passing and shooting.

Keys to the Drill:

1) Take a banana cut. Don’t run straight across the field.
2) Catch and shoot the ball with your momentum going toward the goal.
3) Aim for the far side post.
4) It’s okay to miss wide – focus on instincts, not on accuracy.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video “15 Drills for Building a Successful Shooting Program.” View other world class Lacrosse videos!

Create Game-Like Situations with the Split Dodge/ Shooting Drill!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

University of Virginia Assistant Coach, Marc Van Arsdale, presents a shooting drill that works on practical patterns that would be used in a game.  This is an excellent drill that will provide your team with game-like situations and show how the defense will react to your movement.

Split Dodge – Shot on the Run Down the Middle

The players begin about 20 yards above the cage and about 10-15 yards outside the cage pipe. The player begins with a ball, runs forward, and makes a split dodge, then runs towards the middle of the field and across the front of the goal. It is then that they take a shot across their body with a hard overhand shot.

This drill is an excellent opportunity for coaches to teach the players about running across the goal so that the entire cage is available to them. The players can then understand how a goalie is moving as they are running across the front of the goal and you can reinforce where the players could be aiming.

This excerpt was taken from Championship Productions’ lacrosse video, 20 Drills to Develop Stick-Handling and Shooting.  To view more shooting instruction, click here.

Create More Scoring Options by Setting Good Picks!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The 2013 NCAA Championship coaching staff at the University of Duke along with Head Coach, John Danowski, provide you with a more advanced drill that incorporates setting a pick, which then creates two players that can be options for the feeder. This will also teach the player that uses the pick to not take off until the picker is set and stationary.

Pop/Slip Shooting

Drill Setup: One player sets up about 5-7 yards above and outside the crease. The second player that will set the pick is also about 5-7 yards above the crease and about 10-15 yards outside the other pipe. The feeder is a couple of yards below GLE about 10 yards away from the pipe.

Athlete Movements: The player runs and sets the pick, the other player runs off the pick and has his stick up ready for the pass. But as soon as the player runs off the pick, the picker turns to face the feeder for a quick pass (Pop) and shot. The feeder has two options to pass to for a shot.

Teaching Points:

  • Remember the phrase “Pick, Pop, Shoot” from Coach Danowski
  • For the pick sequence, if the athlete leaves too soon, the pick can be ineffective, but more importantly, the picker can get called for a moving pick/screen and can result in a penalty.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Shooting Technique & Drills for Championship Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Lacrosse Shooting Drills.


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