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Create More Scoring Opportunities by Cutting Without the Ball!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

John Danowski, led his Duke University Lacrosse program to a 2013 and 2010 NCAA Men’s Championship title! Coach Danowski teaches the concept that every offensive player can be a threat to shoot. He emphasizes that cutting is an important factor in becoming open and getting a quick shot on goal. 

Inside Shooting Exercise

Drill Setup:

The drill begins with players in a line approximately 15 yards above GLE and about 5 yards outside the far pipe. A coach or another player is the feeder that is about 10-15 yards outside the near pipe and about 5 yards below GLE. The feeders could be attackmen and the shooters could be middies.

Athlete Movements:

The shooter begins by running forward and to his left slightly away from the crease, plants his left foot, and makes a hard cut to the right running to the middle of the area in front of the crease. The feeder passes the ball directly to the shooter, who takes the time to catch the ball, cradle it, while continuing to run across the crease, and shooting to the back third of the goal (or inside the far pipe), because a goalie would have been protecting the near pipe.

Teaching Points:

  • Notice that the shooter changes hands on his dodge in order to set up the eventual shot on the back third of the cage.
  • The drill can be modified easily by placing a coach in the middle of the passing lane and making the shooter cut a second time to go backdoor for the pass.
  • If you modify the drill as mentioned in the previous teaching point, this requires the player to change his stick/hand position a second time.

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.

Work on a Variety of Offensive Skills with This Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Assistant Coach Mark Petrone of The Haverford School, has his team work for plays initiating from behind the cage. The Island Curl incorporates dodging, change of direction, quick release, and a mid-range shot.

Island Curl

How it Works: The drill begins with a passer (with a pile of balls) 20 yards above the cage and the others at X. A player at X with the ball initiates a dodge, runs up to the five and five (5 yds outside and 5 yds above the goal), rolls and takes a quick shot. He then rolls outside at the ten and ten, receives a pass and takes an outside shot at the goal.

Drill Tips: It is a great drill for Attackmen, but is also good for Middies for conditioning and shooting in tight space. The players standing at X need to be paying attention to shots that are off the mark.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” To view the latest video selections on Shooting Drills, CLICK HERE.

Develop Your Team’s Offense with a Popular Shooting Exercise!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Mark Petrone was part of the coaching staff that led The Haverford School to a 2011 LaxPower High School Boys Lacrosse National Championship title. Coach Petrone develops his players’ shooting and the team’s offense. Using this drill will reinforce correct player and ball movement.  

Fade Shooting

Drill Setup

There are two separate lines of players, each twenty yards above GLE and on the hash marks (five to ten yards outside of the pipes) with another player closer to the goal – approximately five to ten yards above the right pipe and at the hash marks.

Player Movements

To begin, the top player on the right passes to the top player on the left who dodges towards the cage. He turns and passes back to the initial feeder who has moved towards the middle (between the two hash lines). He then passes the ball down to the player that began closer to the cage for a shot. This drill incorporates dodging and then reversing the ball from one side of the cage to the other by passing back to the top player.

Drill Tips

Remind the dodger and the player closer to the cage to stay wide in order to spread the defense and create space for shooting.


Check out an additional clip from the Championship Productions’ DVD “High School Coaching Academy: Efficient Shooting Drills for Lacrosse Practice.” If you’re interested in more Shooting drills, click here


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