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welcome
WELCOME!

US Lacrosse

Coaching Education Program

Men’s Level 2 Instructional Clinic

about the us lacrosse coaching education program
About the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program
  • Our mission: Provide you with world-class training and educational resources to help you be the best COACH you can be and to equip you to make a positive impact on your players through the sport of lacrosse.

Online courses

Clinics

+

Certification

about the us lacrosse coaching education program3
About the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program
  • Since the launch of the first online course in July 2004, nearly 10,000 coaches have participated in our US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program.
  • Thanks for your commitment to professional and personal development as a coach!
components of the us lacrosse coaching education program
Components of the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program
  • Level 1 and 2 online courses (must be taken and passed in order)
  • Level 1 and 2 instructional clinics (must be taken in order)
  • Level 1 and Level 2 certifications
  • Visit www.uslacrosse.org/cep for more information
other coaching resources from us lacrosse
Other coaching resources from US Lacrosse
  • Online store with additional resources (books, DVD’s and more)

http://www.lacrosse.org/store

what you will learn today
What you will learn today:

Our goal for you:

  • Leave with tools to maximize the ability of every player on your team
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The four values of the process . . . .

Player centric

Assessments guides your planning

Teaching players to think in terms of relationship to ball

Teaching players to think has life long implications

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POISE

CONFIDENCE

SKILLS

how today will unfold
How today will unfold:
  • Classroom Sessions
  • Field Sessions
  • See your handouts for specific schedule for today
  • Check-out and pick up certificate at the end
  • Look to be Level 2 Certified
lesson 2 benefits of planning
Lesson 2: Benefits of Planning

Lesson 2: Benefits of Planning

c oaching philosophy
Coaching Philosophy:
  • Why have a coaching philosophy?
  • What are the benefits?
    • Create, document and share your philosophy prior to season onset
    • Live by your words while the season is underway
    • Adopting a player-centric approach has it’s own unique set of challenges and benefits

Lesson 2: Benefits of Planning

season planning which reflects a player centric approach
Season planning which reflects a player-centric approach:
  • What is a player-centric approach?
  • Why should you develop a season plan?

Lesson 2: Benefits of Planning

oap s in practice planning
OAP’s in Practice Planning
  • Variety and Progression need to be carefully orchestrated
  • Consistency is important: opening stretch and warm-up should mirror pre-game
  • Build from Individual, to Positional to Team concepts through drills
  • Intensity: should vary, build to a climax at end of practice(2 minute drill)
  • Flexibility: have more than you need ready, own failures, be prepared to change
  • Duration: shorter is always better, consider attention span = age in minutes x .66
  • Weekly Progression: don’t add more than one drill per practice, recycle old favorites
  • Conditioning: hide it in drills, make this the players responsibility, set benchmarks and assess monthly
  • Post practice plans outside of locker room, include diagrams of new drills
  • Inclusion: 3 man-up teams, 3 man-down teams (use them in lopsided games)
  • Closing Messages are Essential: 5 minutes is a lot of time, deliver a message

Session 2: Practice Planning

practice planning based on the needs of the players
Practice planning based on the needs of the players:
  • What are the benefits of practice planning?
  • How do you develop your practice plans?
  • What things do you take into consideration?

Lesson 2: Benefits of Planning

triangle line drills
Triangle Line Drills
  • Virtually all line drills can be run in triangles, use for passing and ground balls
  • Triangle Drills are exhausting if run properly, constant motion, players well spread out, changing direction regularly
  • Triangles should not be run every day, great for variation from standard line drills (1.5 minutes each way, then switch , then rest)
  • To teach, initially use cones to mark triangle, keep distances to 15-20 yards between points

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4 corner over the shoulder gb s and passes
4 Corner Over-the-Shoulder GB’s and Passes
  • Mark 4 corners with cones and put at least 3 players in each corner
  • Start with one ball and rotate counterclockwise catching over left shoulder and passing with right hand. Change directions halfway through drill, add more balls as player skill will support
  • Players in line wait for “break” call then are rolled a ground ball while moving upfield. Progress to passing.

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circle feeds gb s or passes
Circle Feeds: GB’s or Passes
  • Arrange players in groups of 8, 4 balls per group, each outside player has a ball
  • Constant motion and talk, switch directions on whistle
  • Players change hands on every ball exchange
  • (black arrows show player motion, red arrows = ball motion)

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star drill gb s and passes
Star Drill: GB’s and Passes
  • 5 lines in a star shape, can be around goal, 30 yards apart diagonally, movement both clockwise and counter clockwise.
  • Start with one ground ball then progress to multiple balls and then passing.
  • Pass ball to player two lines away from you on the star(#1 pass to #3, #3 pass to #5, #5 pass to #2, #2 pass to #4).
  • Constant motion, multiple balls, lots of communication, know who is giving you the ball and who you will give it to in advance of getting the ball, focus while in line.
  • 4 balls seems to be max for simultaneous motion.
  • Each line of players should have no less than 2 individuals per line but 3-4 is better. Use player’s name, offer help.

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meat loaf drill gb s and passes
Meat Loaf Drill: GB’s and Passes
  • Meatloaf is a multi ball passing drill similar to the star drill.
  • 2-3 balls should be used with advanced players
  • Drill should be run going in both directions to work both hands.
  • Cross handed catching(over the shoulder) should be used.
  • Meatloaf should be done as a ground ball drill first then passes.

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practical application communication with players and their families
Practical Application: Communication with players and their families
  • Communication to players/families is key.
  • Season and practice schedule dates and times can be spelled out for parent planning.
lesson 3 player assessment

Lesson 3: Player Assessment

Lesson 3: Player Assessment

why assessment

Why assessment?

Lesson 3: Player Assessment

how to decipher the data

How to decipher the data

Use the data to determine areas of strength

Data helps you determine where to position players in your offense and defense

Lesson 3: Player Assessment

what do you do with the data

What do you do with the data?

Use it to guide your practice planning

Share the data with players individually

-Give your players benchmarks and individual goals

-Example of player-coach meeting

Lesson 3: Player Assessment

lesson 4 overarching principles
Lesson 4: Overarching Principles
  • Why is it important to teach players the overarching principles of the game?

Lesson 4: Overarching Principles

overarching principles
Overarching Principles
  • Help GUIDEplayers’ thinking & their reactions to their opponents on the field
  • They areUNIVERSALand allow players to be effective in any offensive or defensive system
  • Principles are TRANSFERRABLE from one level to the next, or team to team
overarching principles for offense
Overarching Principles for Offense
  • Players should be in constant motion.
  • Move the ball
  • Balance the field
  • Attack the defense
  • Offensive positioning and responsibilities are based on player’s relationship to the ball.

Lesson 4: Overarching Principles

overarching principles for defense
Overarching Principles for Defense
  • Players must communicate
  • Defensive positioning and responsibilities are based on player’s relationship to the ball.
  • Play defense with your feet and head vs. stick and shoulders
  • Play from the ‘inside-out’ (stay home)/extend and recover
  • Attack bottom hand of the ball carrier

Lesson 4: Overarching Principles

using player assessments
Which players best suited for each offensive role/position
  • Initiate offense with dodges or motion offense
  • Where is the defense weak, where are they strong
  • What can your team do well
  • 1v1 matchups

Using Player Assessments

Session 4: Coaching Defense

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O L

O T

The 1-4-1 Offensive Positions

  • Sub letter is the position of the ball and where dodge will start from on the field
  • Locations on the field based on abilities – OCmay change with OL
  • OB (back)
  • Quarterback type
  • Dodger
  • Use both hands
  • Good field sense

O B

O R

O C

O C

  • OR (right)
  • Solid right handed
  • Good dodger
  • OC (crease)
  • Ability to move in tight area
  • Good / quick shooter in close
  • OL (left)
  • Solid left handed
  • Good dodger
  • OT (top)
  • Quarterback type
  • Dodger
  • Use both hands
  • Good field sense

Lesson 5:1-4-1 Offense Positions

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O L

O T

Offensive Play Calls in the 1-4-1

O B

O R

O C

O C

Where dodge will start offense from next time ball gets to the triangle point (play called):

Behind – (Bucknell, Blue, Badgers)

Left from wing as facing out from goal (Loyola, Limestone, Lemon)

Right from wing as facing out from goal (Royal, Red, Rutgers)

Top – (Towson, Teal, Terry)

Lesson 5:1-4-1 Offense Positions

applying offense overarching principles to drills in 1 4 1
Applying Offense Overarching Principles to drills in 1-4-1
  • Players in constant motion
    • Dodge location and rotation in the diamond, picking at crease (opposite and away from dodge position)
  • Move the ball
    • Perimeter of diamond prior to dodge, shot, crease look, backside, cross field
  • Balance the field
    • Rotation to allow back up of ball (pass or shot) and outlet pass
  • Attack the defense
    • Test your defenseman to find the mismatch
    • Recognition of defensive slides with ball movement, reverse ball movement opposite the direction of the dodge – Attack the backside!
  • Positioning and responsibilities in relationship to the ball
    • Pass and shot back up, backside pass, rotation based on dodge position
1 4 1 offense behind dodge
1-4-1 Offense – Behind Dodge

OB

OL

  • OC
  • Opposite and away
  • Pick
  • Pick and Repick
  • Pick and Roll
  • Back up pass receiver
  • Potential pass from backside wing
  • OB
  • Start with weak hand, dodge to strong hand side
  • Shot
  • Look to crease
  • Cross field
  • Roll back and backside pass behind
  • Outlet to top

OR

  • OR
  • Rotate to top
  • Safety outlet for pass
  • Defensive safety
  • OT
  • Rotate to Wing
  • Back up crease pass
  • Potential backside pass for shot
  • OL
  • Rotate behind
  • Back up shot
  • Backside outlet

OC

OC

OT

b ehind dodge with crease
Behind Dodge with Crease

Drill Diagram:

OC

OC

OB

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction
  • Crease opposite and away from ball
  • Dodge from behind
  • Pick / Pick and Repick / Pick and Roll
  • Passing / Shooting / Back Up of Pass
  • Run using both sides
  • Add another of the diamond points to give the different options and add until all points are in place
t op or b ehind dodge diamond rotation
Topor Behind Dodge Diamond Rotation

Drill Diagram:

OT

OL

OR

OB

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction and rotation
  • Shooting
  • Cross crease pass
  • Roll back and backside pass
  • Top Outlet
  • Backside shot
  • Back up of shot
1 4 1 offense top dodge
1-4-1 Offense – Top Dodge

OB

O L

  • OB
  • Rotate to wing
  • Back up crease pass
  • Cross field pass receiver
  • Potential backside pass for shot
  • OC
  • Opposite and away
  • Pick
  • Pick and Repick
  • Pick and Roll
  • Back up pass receiver
  • Potential pass from backside wing

OR

OC

OC

  • OR
  • Rotate behind
  • Back up shot
  • Backside outlet
  • OT
  • Start with weak hand, dodge to strong hand side
  • Shot
  • Look to crease
  • Cross field
  • Roll back and backside pass behind
  • Outlet to top
  • OL
  • Rotate to top
  • Outlet pass
  • Defensive safety

OT

t op dodge with crease
Top Dodge with Crease

Drill Diagram:

OT

OC

OC

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction
  • Crease opposite and away from ball
  • Dodge from top
  • Pick / Pick and Repick / Pick and Roll
  • Passing / Shooting / Back Up of Pass
t op or b ehind dodge diamond rotation43
Topor Behind Dodge Diamond Rotation

Drill Diagram:

OT

OL

OR

OB

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction and rotation
  • Shooting
  • Cross crease pass
  • Roll back and backside pass
  • Top Outlet
  • Backside shot
  • Back up of shot
1 4 1 offense left wing dodge
1-4-1 Offense – Left Wing Dodge

OB

OL

  • OC
  • Opposite and away
  • Pick
  • Pick and Repick
  • Pick and Roll
  • Back up pass receiver
  • Potential pass from backside wing
  • AB
  • Shot back up
  • Backside outlet

OR

OC

OC

  • OL
  • Dodge starting right and come back left
  • Shot
  • Crease
  • Cross field
  • Roll back and backside pass behind
  • Top outlet
  • OR
  • Rotate to top
  • Safety outlet for pass
  • Defensive safety
  • OT
  • Rotate to Wing
  • Back up crease pass
  • Potential backside pass for shot

OT

wing l eft dodge with crease
Wing Left Dodge with Crease

Drill Diagram:

OL

OC

OC

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction
  • Crease opposite and away from ball
  • Dodge from wing
  • Pick / Pick and Repick / Pick and Roll
  • Passing / Shooting / Back Up of Pass
l eft or r ight wing dodge diamond rotation
Leftor RightWingDodge Diamond Rotation

Drill Diagram:

OT

OL

OR

OB

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction and rotation
  • Shooting
  • Cross crease pass
  • Roll back and backside pass
  • Top Outlet
  • Backside shot
  • Back up of shot
1 4 1 offense right wing dodge
1-4-1 Offense – Right Wing Dodge

OB

OL

  • OC
  • Opposite and away
  • Pick
  • Pick and Repick
  • Pick and Roll
  • Back up pass receiver
  • Potential pass from backside wing
  • AB
  • Shot back up
  • Backside outlet

OR

OC

OC

  • OL
  • Rotate to top
  • Safety outlet for pass
  • Defensive safety
  • OT
  • Rotate to Wing
  • Back up crease pass
  • Potential backside pass for shot
  • OR
  • Dodge starting Left and come back right
  • Shot
  • Crease
  • Cross field
  • Roll back and backside pass behind
  • Top outlet

OT

wing r ight dodge with crease
Wing Right Dodge with Crease

Drill Diagram:

OR

OC

OC

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction
  • Crease opposite and away from ball
  • Dodge from wing
  • Pick / Pick and Repick / Pick and Roll
  • Passing / Shooting / Back Up of Pass
l eft or r ight wing dodge diamond rotation49
Leftor RightWingDodge Diamond Rotation

Drill Diagram:

OT

OL

OR

OB

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Determining dodge direction and rotation
  • Shooting
  • Cross crease pass
  • Roll back and backside pass
  • Top Outlet
  • Backside shot
  • Back up of shot
lesson 6 coaching defense
Lesson 6: Coaching Defense
  • 3 Areas to Develop Player Skills
    • Playing the ball carrier
    • Off-ball positioning & Sliding
    • Defending players on the crease

Session 5: Coaching Defense

applying overarching principles to drills
Applying Overarching Principles to drills
  • Playing the ball carrier
    • Approach, Footwork, Checks/Holds
  • Off Ball positioning
    • Help/Sliding, Backside/Crease Coverage, Push out on next pass
  • Defending players on the crease
    • Defending picks, cuts, feeds to crease

Session 5: Coaching Defense

using player assessments52
Which players best suited for each defensive role/position
  • Aggressive/Pressure D or Passive/Sloughing D
  • 1v1 matchups & shutoffs
  • Slide packages
    • Crease or Adjacent
    • When beaten or at predetermined spot

Using Player Assessments

Session 4: Coaching Defense

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A

M

A

M

Defending the 1-4-1

  • D1 & D6:
  • Ability to defend 1v1
  • Ability to pressure feeder

D1

  • D2 & D3
  • Ability to pressure feeder
  • Ability to anticipate slide & press out on adj help

D3

D2

D4

D5

M

A

  • D4 & D5
  • Communicate
  • Defend Picks
  • Play/Check cutters
  • Anticipate slides

D6

  • D1, D2 & D3: Close Def
  • D4 & D5: SSM
  • D6: LSM

Session 5: Coaching Defense

Lesson 5: Settled Offense

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A

M

A

M

Defending the 1-4-1

Crease Slide from X #1

D1

D3

D2

D4

D5

A

M

D6

Session 5: Coaching Defense

Lesson 5: Settled Offense

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M

A

M

Defending the 1-4-1

Crease Slide from X #2

A

D1

D3

D2

D4

D5

A

M

D6

After getting beat D1 can persist for double, or go to backside

Session 5: Coaching Defense

Lesson 5: Settled Offense

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A

M

A

Defending the 1-4-1

D1

D3

D2

A

M

D4

D5

D6

M

Crease Slide from Top #1

Session 5: Coaching Defense

Lesson 4: Settled Defense

slide57

A

M

A

Defending the 1-4-1

Crease Slide from Top #2

D1

D3

D2

A

M

D4

D5

M

D6

After getting beat D6 can persist for double, or go to backside

Session 5: Coaching Defense

Lesson 4: Settled Defense

run the arc

D1

x1

Run the Arc

Drill diagram:

  • Skills practiced:
  • Defensive positioning vs dodger from X in a 1-4-1 offense
  • Footwork when playing 1v1 from behind
  • Execution of the Cross Forearm and Top Hand hold.

Session 5: Coaching Defense

funnel drill

x1

D1

D2

X2

Funnel Drill

Drill diagram:

  • Skills practiced:
  • Defensive positioning vs a dodger from up top in the 1-4-1
  • Hand and footwork for defensive holds
  • Taking away the middle of the field, or taking away ball carriers strong hand while funneling him to the alley/help

Also run this drill with dodger from the wing – defender must stay ‘topside’ and funnel dodger behind GLE using top hand hold to funnel dodger toward GLE (see X2/D2 in diagram) work both sides of goal/both hands

Session 4: Coaching Defense

extend recover
Extend & Recover

Drill Diagram:

X2

D2

X1

D1

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Approaching ball carrier with correct body position and breaking down when covering ball
  • Correct footwork (drop step, turn to ball) when recovering to hole
  • Understanding of correct off-ball, or ‘help’ position
  • Conditioning

Session 5: Coaching Defense

defend the hole
Defend the Hole

Drill Diagram:

X1

D1

X5

D4

X4

X2

D2

D3

X3

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Approach
  • 1v1 defense on ball
  • Recovering to hole and sliding to help on crease.

Session 5: Coaching Defense

out of dodge

C

“D1”

x1

D1

D3

D6

D4

x3

x2

x4

D2

x6

D5

G

x4

Out of Dodge

Drill diagram:

  • Skills practiced:
  • Defensive communication
  • Sliding
  • Recovering to off ball

Session 5: Coaching Defense

feed the crease
Feed the Crease

X1

X6

X5

D2

D1

X4

X2

X3

  • Skills Practiced:
  • Defending feeds to the crease
  • Defending picks on the crease

Session 5: Coaching Defense

rides clears
Rides & Clears

Areas to Develop Player Skills

Recognition of other teams formation

Anticipation of ball and opponent movement

Advantage of the opponents weakness

Positioning and responsibilities in relationship to the ball

clearing oap s
Clearing OAP’s
  • Get middies out for quick outlet
  • Take advantage of the extra man on defensive end of the field
  • Switch fields and pass back as needed
  • Be aware of the offside player staying onsides
settled clear
Settled Clear

D

LSM

M

A

A

D

A

M

M

M

G

M

Ball

D

D

A

A

A

D

D

M

G

G

Blue – ClearRed - Ride

  • This is the clear to use when the ball has gone out of bounds. The ball should be picked up immediately to prevent the other team from subbing their middies.
  • Defense who receives first pass must make the “over” pass.
  • That Def. will attack the mid covering the LSM.
  • Near side Def will stay back if LSM goes over.
  • Mid will Pick with each other and Attack must rotate
  • pushing ball through X as transition occurs.
clear from a shot
Clear from a Shot

A

G

Blue – ClearRed - Ride

  • Goalie makes save and yells clear.
  • Defensive middie whose man shot breaks for midfield/sideline.
  • LSM goes straight up field to keep his player on the field.
  • Remaining middie breaks for opposite sideline/midline.
  • Crease Def stays home for first pass, then breaks toward pass.
  • Wing def do a C cut away from goal to receive pass.
  • Attack must rotate as transition occurs pushing ball through
  • X on slow breaks.
riding oap s
Riding OAP’s
  • First line of a great defense
  • Riding attack must be best hustlers and anticipate ball movement
  • Prevent the quick transition
  • Stop ball advancement, turn the ball carrier back and work the clock for the 20 second call
  • Force cross field passes by long poles
riding after a shot on goal
Riding after a shot on Goal

G

Black – Ride Red – Clear

After the shot, our middies must get back to at least the restraining box and more likely the midline. This prevents fast breaks and allows us to keep the ball in front of us to set up our ride. Middies will lock on their middies. Sub if possible for LSM.

Defense must lock on and shut off their attackmen in the far end. Do not allow a “Free” Clear. Let goalie bring the ball up.

The Attack must get up field to the midline and clog up the

midfield as a zone. Do not allow your man to get by with ball.

2 1 3 v ride dead ball off sideline
2-1-3 V Ride: Dead Ball off sideline

D

A

A

D

A

M

M

D

G

D

M

M

G

A

A

D

A

M

M

D

Blue - ClearRed - Ride

  • If ball goes out of bounds on sideline set up 2-1-3 above ball
  • Lock on all middies and attack and play zone against their defense and goalie with our 3 attack.
  • Pressure to long pass
  • Can invert the V to slow clear, run a 1-2-3 instead.
2 1 3 v ride dead ball off shot
2-1-3 V Ride: Dead Ball off Shot

G

Red – Ride Blue - Clear

  • If out of bounds on endline, attack ride with 2 attack chase and 1 safety.
  • Lock on all middies and attack and play zone against their defense and goalie with our 3 attack.
  • Can invert the V to slow clear, run a 1-2-3 instead.
oap s of goalie play
OAP’s of Goalie Play
  • See the ball, Stop the ball
  • Limit the amount of movement
  • Stay set (Ready Position) when ball in zone
  • Stay hip in hip with shooter
  • Never turn your back to the ball!
lesson 9 transition play
Lesson 9: Transition Play
  • Objectives:
        • Understand the overarching principles of a transition offense
        • Understand the overarching principles of a transition defense
        • Understand how to teach players to play a 4 v 3, 5 v 4, and 6 v. 5 situation on O and D
        • Understand how to teach players to recognize a slow break on Offense and its importance on Defense
transition play offense
Transition Play: Offense
  • Ball motion is faster than feet
  • Draw the man then pass
  • Offense stay spread to force longer slides and buy time
  • Keep players and ball above GLE on fast breaks
  • 5 on a die is not the best offensive set in 5 v 4, slide the 5th man out and off crease to create a local overload on the side
  • Slow break means no clear numbers advantage
transition play defense
Transition Play: Defense
  • Get inside the crease and slide out (Inside Out Defense)
  • Stop the ball
  • Recover to the middle when beat or after passes
  • Know your setups on 3 v 2, 4 v 3, 5 v 4, and 6 v 5
  • Goal is to slow the break into a settled 6 v 6 or to force a bad play by the offense
3 v 2 full field drill
3 v 2 : Full Field Drill
  • Middies # 1,2,3, from behind the right end goal attack the left end goal as a 3 v 2.
  • The last of these three middies to touch the ball is out and rejoins the lines for his team behind the far goal where he originated.
  • The other two middies drop back to the far right goal & become D#6 and D#7 in a 3 v 2.
  • Three new players break from behind the left goal & attack the far right goal in a 3 v 2.
  • After Playing Def in the 3 v 2 players rejoin the lines behind the goal they just defended.
  • All players play every position in this drill. Longsticks become attackers, attack play defense etc…

Session 9: Transition Play

fast break drill from face off
Fast Break Drill from Face-Off
  • Two middies come to FO x with a ball each. One is used for FO.
  • Winning FO Middie attacks while losing middie is given the 2nd ball to attack opposite end.

Session 9: Transition Play

5v4 full field transition drill
5v4 Full Field Transition Drill
  • Ball starts at right end line, M1, M3 release from lines and clear the ball.
  • Defensive Middie #1 releases from midline and can jump the ball or drop in. If he jumps, attack 4 v 3 with quick pass to M3, top ball side attack(A1) must drop into hole and A3 must balance set. If DM drops in, create a 3 v 2 local overload on one side.(avoid 5 on a die offensive set)
  • After play finished, reverse direction and release M5 and M6 from behind left goal and repeat drill going opposite direction, blue DM#2 releases and chooses.

Session 9: Transition Play

3 v 2 sideways drill
3 v 2 Sideways Drill

Teaching Local Overloads

  • Release players from alternating sides in groups of 5, 3 off and 2 def, ground ball war or def can conced and get in the hole fast.
  • Offensive players may not cross the line drawn with cones.
  • This drill is excellent for teaching “local overloads” from both a defensive and offensive point of view. This is the basis for 1-3-2 and 1-4-1 plays.
  • Offensive players must move the ball and themselves to create lay ups.
  • Score units so that lay ups worth 2 points and outside shots only 1.
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3 v 2 : initiate from behind after 2 passes
  • In this drill the coach rolls the ball out above the box.
  • Two offensive players stay above GLE and one attack goes to X.
  • X man initiates offense after he gets the ball.
  • X man must draw a man so that he creates a 2 v 1.
  • This reinforces the concept that X man must play a role.
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3 v 2 GB Drill
  • Coachrolls ball out for 1v1 GB for players in line.
  • Winner stays on and attacks cage(loser can be out or do 5 pushups and then re-join drill).
  • If Defensive player (blue) wins then they play offense.
  • If offensive player wins then they play offense.
  • Great simulation of GB situations
6 v 6 or 5 scramble drill
6 v 6(or 5) Scramble Drill
  • Players are set up around the outside of the box.
  • Coach rolls ground ball into corner, players release and attempt to gain possession.
  • Defense must clear midfield line to win.
  • Offense must score within one minute of possession or hold the ball for one minute in the box(no shot allowed).
  • Extremely competitive, high intensity, short duration drill, perfect ending to a great practice.
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Lesson 10: Winning the Face-off
  • How to assess the skills needed for the faceoff man and for the wing players
  • The overarching principles for using long sticks on the wings
  • The overarching principles for how to prevent a fast break
skills needed for the faceoff player
Skills needed for the faceoff player
  • Quick hands
  • Strength
  • Anticipation
  • Balance
  • Ground ball “monster”
skills needed for the wing players
Skills needed for the wing players
  • Fast
  • Ground ball “monsters”
  • Excellent communication
  • Anticipation
  • Physical player who can outmuscle/outrun the opposing wing players
how to use the long stick midfielder lsm on the wings
How to use the long stick midfielder (LSM) on the wings:
  • Option 1: One LSM on every faceoff
  • Option 2: Use two LSM’s if losing most of the faceoffs
  • Option #3: Use three LSM’s under dire circumstances
face off positions
Face-Off Positions
  • Long Stick runs towards center and behind FOM. If we win the draw the ball will often come his way. This guy must have good stick skills. He picks up ground ball and looks to hit breaking mid#2. If we are winning most FO M2 can break upfield and A5 can drop low immediately
  • Our M2 goes in towards the offensive half of the field.
  • Once we gain possession, if there is no fast break, then the LSM will sub out through midfield once possession has been established.
  • If we lose face-off, then longstick is in the defensive end already.
face offs with 2 lsm s
Face-offs with 2 LSM’s
  • Using 2 LSM’s increases the odds of groundballs being won by our team and allows us to put more pressure on the ball before it enters the box.
  • When “denying entry” into the box we will pressure the ball with a pole and shut off 5 other players. If we get the right matchup on the ball we can often force turnovers on an advancement count.
  • Players must be willing to work hard for a short period of time and know when to concede entry to prevent fast breaks. Attack leave box immediately and hassle opponents middies until they cross the midline.
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Face off Positions When Losing Face-offs
  • This set will stop opponents fast breaks for situations where you are unable to win the face-off and are getting hammered with fast breaks.
  • You can put a pole down on the face-off. Do not let the face-off middie get by your pole. You can also use a FO Mid and simply have him slow down the break.
  • The LSM will head straight for the top attack

if on that side, or to cut off the ball.

faceoff team practice and teaching progressions
Faceoff Team Practice and Teaching Progressions
  • Start with faceoff man drills and skills
  • Teaching wing play concepts
  • Teaching implications for close defense when losing faceoff

A. Might have to have a locked SSM in the hole (slide patterns

B.Might have to accommodate a LSM “filling in the box.”

  • Teaching implications for attack when winning faceoffs

A. Might need to change set up to allow for an early wing middie release

B. Might need to change set-up to allow for early opponent LSM coming into offensive zone

C. Rotating attackmen during fast break to non- traditional formations interferes with standard defensive script

face off drills and activities
Face-off Drills and Activities
  • 3 ground ball face-off practice drill
  • Can be used as a fast break drill by adding 3 A’s and 3 D’s in both ends and letting center middies carry ball into ends
3 pressure gb drills
3 Pressure GB Drills
  • Crease Crunch: Coach rolls ball in for 2v2 GB with quick shot for winner
  • FO Wing GB: GB from wing, fight for ball, pass back to coach
  • Advantage GB: Coach rolls ball to one side or other creating advantage, winner shoots and loser must cut off shooter and play def. Fun for Poles
ground balls in offensive end
Ground Balls in Offensive End
  • Double pressure to recover ball
  • Attack immediately
  • Push ball 2-3 quick passes
  • Defense likely to be out of position and in unfamiliar slide situations
  • Good chance for a mismatch, quick hit play, best chance to score is always in unsettled situations
ground balls in defensive end
Ground Balls in Defensive End
  • Double on all ground balls if possible
  • Encourage persistent doubles
  • Push for quick turnover
  • Pressure delays ball motion which allows your players time to recover, reposition, “number up”
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EMO OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES
  • Move ball quickly – don’t dodge
  • Make the defense rotate
  • Resolve defense to a 2 v 1 then 1 v 0 (attack splitter, high % shots)
  • Draw defender before passing
  • Create advantages by skip passing
  • Spread defense making slides long – opens passing lanes
  • Be quick – don’t hurry
  • Back up shots
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EMO OVERARCHING PRINCIPLES
  • Move ball quickly – don’t dodge
  • Make the defense rotate
  • Resolve defense to a 2 v 1 then 1 v 0 (attack splitter, high % shots)
  • Draw defender before passing
  • Create advantages by skip passing
  • Spread defense making slides long – opens passing lanes
  • Be quick – don’t hurry
  • Back up shots
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Man Down Defense – Overarching Principles

COMMUNICATION is key

Protect the crease (PTP) – prevent inside shots < 10 yds – stay tight

Sticks up and in passing lanes, prevent skip passes

Play the ball

Kill time

Force easy passes to defend (prevent skip passes)

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Reviewing the “game films”

The Process . . .

Design for your Team’s Goals

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Tools . . .

Planning

Assessments

2-2-2

1-3-2

What is Your Team?

1-4-1

Designing Practices to fit your team

Built on the fundamentals

Overarching Principles

POISE

CONFIDENCE

SKILLS

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WRAP-UP
  • Evaluations
  • Q and A
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Pearls of the Day
  • Assessments and sharing them
  • OAP’s
  • Sharing plans w/ players
  • Explaining the why’s of drills
  • Communicating w/ parents and players
  • Players’ skills and ability survey
  • Using the soft demo ball
  • Pick teaching techniques – facing and the hands
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