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Essential Face-Off Techniques: Proper Hand and Foot Placement

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Looking to be a difference-maker at the face-off X this season? Follow along with Syracuse assistant men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Donahue as he breaks down proper hand and foot placement when it comes to face-offs. These must-have tips and techniques will go a long way towards improving your fundamentals as you look to make strides in your face-off play.

Hand Placement

First, your top hand should be as high as the rules allow you to get. The further up you can get, the better (and obviously playing within the rules of the game). This is where the force is going to come from. If you are down lower, you will lose a lot of leverage.

Eventually you have to make a decision about which grip to use. Do you go with a regular grip or a reverse/motorcycle grip? Well, both have advantages. For instance, the reverse grip can be quite effective, but it limits what other moves you can use. Meanwhile, the regular grip allows you to have more counters and helps disguise what you are doing a little more.

All the while, your left hand is really important and don’t use it effectively enough. Where you place your left hand depends on which  move you are going to do.

*Now follow closely as Coach Donahue provides some examples of proper hand placement during face-offs.

Tip #1 — If your hand is close to your other hand, with a very short movement, your handle can go a long way. While it can be quick, the problem with this is that with your hands that close, you lose power. If the opponent is using a power move on you, you won’t have any strength.

Tip #2 — If you bring your hand all the way down to the end of the stick, your hand has to move farther and it’s much slower. But you have power.

Foot Placement

When it comes to your feet, they MUST be able to support what you are doing with your hands. For example, most kids in lacrosse camps have their feet back too far on face-offs. In this position, they simply won’t be able to move their hands very well.

Therefore, keep the right foot close to the hands. This will allow a player to get his weight off of his hands, also allowing the athlete to get their right shoulder over the ball, which is where you want to be anyway.

Meanwhile, the placement of the left leg is a bit trickier. It can actually take a while for a player to figure out where he wants it and what works best. Many times it often depends on the size of the player. For instance, taller guys may have to stick their leg out a little because otherwise it’s just not comfortable any other way.

Also, try turning in a little bit, especially if clamping. This will really help you get to where you want to go.

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD The Encyclopedia of Face-Offs.” To check out more lacrosse videos featuring face-off tips and techniques, click here. 

High School Basketball Instruction from Michael Peck!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, July 27, 2012

Take a look at high quality instruction with Basketball DVDs featuring Findlay Prep (NV) Head Coach, Michael Peck.  His team has been ranked in the top 5 in the nation for high school basketball.  Check out the four Basketball DVDs here:

4-Out 1-In Motion Offense

  • Learn how to effectively use a 4-out 1-in set up to run quick strikes for easy buckets
  • Get 10 quick hitting sets out of the 4-out 1-in motion offense
  • Utilize your post players to get open looks for your point guard or wing players

Half-Court Man Gap Defense

  • Contain dribble penetration which can destroy a defense
  • Force your opponent to take shots they don’t usually take – mid-range, contested jump shots
  • Effectively help and defend the gaps present in any man defensive scheme
  • Neutralize on-ball screens with three essential techniques

Special Situation Basketball

  • Implement easy and effective sideline out of bounds plays to score from all areas and situations
  • Get multiple options to score from baseline out of bounds situations
  • Learn to simulate pressure situations in practice so your athletes can execute when the game is on the line
  • See an effective press offense that will nullify your opponent’s pressure defense

High Octane Drills for Conditioning and Practice Tempo

  • Incorporate the “Findlay Four” defensive conditioning drills that have made Findlay Prep one of the best transition teams in the nation
  • Condition your team while you teach your offensive strategies to maximize your limited practice time
  • Discover full court drills that will simultaneously get your players quality shot reps and conditioning

Buy these DVDs as the Findlay Prep Basketball 4-Pack and save $20!

Get Better in Off-Season with these 12 Excellent Basketball DVDs!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, July 20, 2012

Here we have a nice collection of Basketball DVDs that can help you and your during the off-season.  Get tips on offense, defense, full court press, half court press, special situations, and conditioning.  You will learn from some of the nation’s top high school, college, and professional basketball coaches.  See all the Basketball DVDs that you can use to become a better coach or player in off-season:

The Diamond Full Court Press

  • Pressure your opponent into poor shot selection and turnovers
  • Implement a series of daily drills aimed at developing the three levels of the press (front line, middle and back line)
  • Use these drills to build an attacking, aggressive trapping defense
  • Your team will learn handle pressure and traps in a game since they see it every day in practice

Winning Late Game Situations and Coaching Tips

  • Learn how and why to trap on your opponent’s inbounds passes
  • Confuse your opponents with a defense that morphs from zone to man
  • Steal offensive rebounds with a simple foul shooting play
  • Late game inbounds plays to win the game from half-court and full-court

Contain and Contest Man-to-Man Defense

  • Teach your players how to defend any type of screening action
  • Make shooters take contested shots without giving up drives
  • Use your defensive stance to deny sight lines, passing lanes and driving lanes

Contain and Contest Man-to-Man Defense

  • Teach your players how to defend any type of screening action
  • Make shooters take contested shots without giving up drives
  • Use your defensive stance to deny sight lines, passing lanes and driving lanes

3-2 Zone Defense

  • See how to teach the 3-2 zone in segments, using position specific breakdown drills
  • Learn to adjust your zone to different situations and personnel match-ups
  • Learn various methods of defending the low post, such as triple traps, dive down & bluff, and more

Installing the Dribble Drive Motion Offense

  • Build an attacking offense that will create shots at the rim or wide open 3-point shots
  • Learn drills and procedures to install the Dribble Drive System logically and strategically so that players understand the purpose and flow
  • Get counters to the basic movements and make your offense almost impossible to scout
  • Understand how to adjust the system to deal with defensive adjustments

Full Court Trapping System and Breakdown Drills

  • Create possessions by speeding up your opponent’s offense to create turnovers
  • Learn a trapping defensive system that will leave your opponent exhausted
  • Get a man-to-man run and jump press that will have your opponents on their heels with every pass
  • Learn how to shut down your opponent’s best player with a “face and double-face” press attacking your opponents weakest ball handler

Perimeter Development for the 4-Out1-In Motion Offense

  • Improve the continuity and spacing in your motion offense
  • Get all five players moving in the half court to create five offensive threats
  • Use player’s natural movement to gain offensive advantages

Quick Hitters and Baseline Out of Bounds Plays for Zone Offense

  • Get quick hitters that will create great scoring opportunities out of a dribble option
  • Teach your players to sell their actions to create scoring opportunities around the basket
  • Implement quick hitter plays out of multiple offensive sets to score quickly against any zone defense
  • Learn how to use your man-to-man offensive actions inside quick hitting zone options

1-3-1 Half Court Pressure Defense

  • Learn when to spring your half court press to keep your opponents on their heels and change the pace of the game
  • Learn how to handle cutters that can disrupt the pressure
  • Get a variety of drills to teach the key concepts of this defense
  • Gain a mental advantage over your opponent on defense

Individual & Team Drills for Building a Transition Offense

  • Score easy baskets and keep your players engaged with an effective transition offense
  • Implement “Machine Gun Practices” to train for a transition style offense
  • Learn variations of traditional, fundamental drills to install an electric transition offense
  • Train your players to push the ball on offense even if you don’t have the most athletic team

Drills for Implementing Fast-Paced Transition Offense and Defense

  • Develop quicker transitions from offense to defense and vice-versa
  • Train your athletes to make quick decisions on both ends of the floor
  • Learn to play when the numbers are against you–and still be effective
  • Get tips to limit your fouls while staying aggressive on defense


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