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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!
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.
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).
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.
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The latest “game scenarios and strategies” segment deals with how to substitute during odd situations and react quickly on transition breaks. It also highlights the Toomey Drill, a high-impact conditioning drill that works on quick transitions on offense and defense. Florida State coaches Bill Harkins and Matt Waesche both lead you through the segments, first with whiteboard diagrams and then via live on-field simulations.
This drill focuses on how to handle substitutions during odd situations. Let’s say we’re bringing off the field a guy who is not right for a scenario, but then the scenario quickly changes. For instance, we may have the ball on offense and we’ve got a LSM way up the field, but we don’t want them up there. That player will come straight to the sideline as we’ve got an offensive player waiting to come onto the field.
But all of sudden, we lose possession of the ball. Well, now we don’t want that offensive guy to come onto the field. We want the LSM on ball as soon as possible. In this case, we call a simple “Veto” and that cancels the sub. The guy in the box stays in the box and then the LSM circles out and sprints to the middle of the field, looks down field, and then quickly assesses the action.
We’re now ready to react quickly, and hopefully quicker than the other team – especially in transition situations. Remember, things don’t always go as planned. By teaching the players these concepts, we are still able to play lacrosse with the right personnel and in the right situation. It’s also a way to eliminate confusion and gain an extra advantage through substitutions.
This drill works with three defenders and three offensive players. There’s also a goalie and a lot of balls in the cage. First, the offense goes against the defense for 10 seconds. The offense only has 10 seconds to shoot the ball. No matter where the offensive players are positioned, at 10 seconds the coach yells, “Shoot.” Next, no matter how the shot ends, the goalie takes the ball (or one from inside the cage) and starts a transition break down field. The goalie can’t carry past the restraining line. The defense now must break out immediately and the offense must ride immediately.
Once the defender gets out between the midfield line and the restraining line (about 40 yards), he will turn and throw the ball back to the offensive player. That offensive player will now streak back and press the cage on the transition break. That defenseman will be trailing him, too.
We now have a 3-on-2 situation with just two defenders back. First, the mission is to stop the ball first, then force a pass and give enough time for the trailer to come in and play defense. The drill will continue back and forth every 10 seconds. It’s also serves as a high-energy conditioning drill.
The goal here is that we want our players to understand that you often go from defense to offense and then back to defense again (and vice versa). There are a lot of quick transitions in the game of lacrosse and players must be prepared for these.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “How to Run the Box: Substitution Schemes to Create Mismatches.” Click here to check out more videos in our extensive lacrosse library.