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Improve Digging to Frustrate Your Opponent’s Offense!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, August 9, 2013

With many years of experience in strength & conditioning, Julie Kaiser offers a Defense/Transition drill. The Bishop Drill will help develop your player’s passing and digging ability.

The setup for this drill is 3 players in the back row and 2 at each end of the end. Coach throws/hits a ball to the passers (either in front of or on the other side of the net). Passers pass then set the ball to the target, and then get into coverage. Target simulates a block for the passers to dig

View at an additional clip from the DVD: Conditioning on the Court.  Also, view other AVCA Volleyball DVDs from our massive Volleyball DVD collection!

Create Relentless Offense to Score More Points!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, April 12, 2013

See emphasis on the benefit of going straight to a turn off of your takedowns in both freestyle and folkstyle wrestling. Current Iowa Hawkeye Assistant Coach and Olympic medalist, Terry Brands believes that we often relax and let up when we score instead of transitioning immediately to a turn. Wear down your opponent with these exceptional wrestling techniques.

From a high crotch takedown, coach Brands demonstrates going right into a leg turk or a guttwrench turn to freestyle wrestling.

Take a look at an additional clip from the DVD, From Folk to Free: Fundamental Techniques for Building Elite Wrestlers.  Also, view other Terry Brands DVDs from our massive Wrestling DVD collection!

2 “Special-Situation” Lacrosse Techniques to Create Advantages

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

In the latest special situations & game strategies feature, we’ll focus on defensive substitution techniques and then wing play drills for face-off situations. Florida State men’s lacrosse coaches Bill Harkins and Matt Waesche will both lead you through the segments using whiteboard diagrams and live on-field simulations.

Efficient Substitutions: Defense Down the String

This drill recalls a scenario when you’re looking to sub out an entire defensive unit efficiently without allowing any fast breaks or other problems. However, you don’t want to bring out all three guys at once. Simply, if you lose the ball, it’s a 6-0 fast break the other way.

Meanwhile, your defensive unit also can’t afford to leave opponents open on the field any longer than they have to. Therefore, it’s key to slide defenders down the field and then get the new subs to rotate over. This enables you to still get good coverage of the entire field.


On the sideline, have your first sub defender ready to go. When you call “down the string”, your first defender on the field slides down the field (while watching the action) and the new sub works his way on. Our other two defenders come down the string and at the same time, our new substitute defender works his way all the way over to the opposite side to cover the opposite attackman. He should also be watching the action on the opposite side of the field in case we turn it over.

The other two players then slide down. The next substitute defender comes in, the other player comes off, and it repeats until all players have been changed (without leaving their attack uncovered).

Wing Play Drill

With the Wing Play Drill, get two face-off men ready to go at the X. Then get a long pole and a short stick set up on one restraining line, and another set of the same group on the opposite line. There will possibly be three balls in play simultaneously.


The face-off guys first battle at the X. Meanwhile, a nearby coach has two other balls and makes a decision as to how many balls will go in play. If he throws out two balls at once, one side of wing players go after a loose ball while the opposite side goes after the other ball, plus we’ve also got the two guys in the middle battling. You can even throw just one ball and have all the wing men fight for that GB. Or you can keep both balls in your hand and proceed like a normal face-off.

Tip: Look to get at 45-degree angles outside the circle for trail checks and opposite side traps.

With “hip”, this is a strategy when battling a fast opponent. It’s imperative to get your hip on your opponent and drive them away from the ball for two or three steps. This way, we should have an inside track to turn and get to the ball ourselves. Get leverage and go right to the ball.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run the Box: Substitution Schemes to Create Mismatches.” To check out more videos featuring special situations & plays, simply head over to our lacrosse library.

New Lacrosse DVDs featuring Kathy Taylor!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, March 9, 2012

This is our latest pair of Lacrosse DVDs featuring Kathy Taylor.  She is the Cortland University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach, and a 2x University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Champions.  The names of these new Lacrosse DVDs are:

Team Lacrosse Drills to Enhance Fitness and Fundamentals

  • Learn drills that encourage high energy fitness throughout an entire practice
  • Develop great hand-eye-foot coordination by increasing drill difficulty
  • Learn techniques that maximize shooting skills at free positions
  • Use drills that are designed to increase competitiveness and teamwork
  • Building Your Team’s Transition Game

  • Over 15 drills designed to teach fundamental skills, while conditioning their players
  • Learn how to structure your practice in order to emphasize the offensive and defensive skills used in the transition game
  • Learn to combine fundamental skills and competitive gamesmanship to keep players challenged in an up tempo practice environment
  • See coaching techniques on how to keep all of your players engaged in practice, especially with limited coaching resources

    Purchase these two DVDs together, and save $10!

    Kathy Taylor 2-Pack


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