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Practice Plans-Full of Fun !. Dan Hendrickson Hastings Middle School Upper Arlington, OH Keys to the Perfect Practice. Loaded with Fun. Rewards for hard work. Good pace-moving along. Organized & coaches in tune with the plan. Build your “Puzzle”.

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practice plans full of fun

Practice Plans-Full ofFun !

Dan Hendrickson

Hastings Middle School

Upper Arlington, OH

keys to the perfect practice
Keys to the Perfect Practice
  • Loaded with Fun.
  • Rewards for hard work.
  • Good pace-moving along.
  • Organized & coaches in tune with the plan.
  • Build your “Puzzle”.
  • Show what you mean (3)-different ways.
  • “Sticky Messages” at every practice.
  • Ball to player ratio.
  • Lots of BALLS.
skills development
Skills Development
  • Teaching Methods.
  • Reinforcement of skills.
  • Teaching progression.
  • Teach cues for players to read.
  • Drill design.
teaching methods
Teaching Methods
  • Part method=break into steps-teach in progression.
  • Whole method=teach skill in its entirety.
reinforcement of skill
Reinforcement of skill
  • Practice skill repetitively with high number of reps.
  • Player to ball ratio…low! Keep groups at 6-max.
teaching progression
Teaching progression
  • Teach and practice skills at competitive speed.
teach cues for players to read
Teach cues for players to read
  • Understand cues to allow players to read situation.
  • Practice cues (2v1, 3v2 etc.).
  • Visualize cues.
know how kids learn
Know How Kids Learn
  • Tell ‘em.
  • Show ‘em.
  • Let ‘em do it.
  • Fix ‘em.
  • Praise ‘em.
drill design
Drill design
  • Drills need exact component of skill situation.
  • Make drills according to your offense & defense.
  • Create fun games with drills.
  • Disguise conditioning.
stick work mechanics
Stick Work Mechanics
  • Holding stick.
  • Catching.
  • Passing.
  • Over the shoulder (OTS).
  • Drills.
holding stick
Holding Stick
  • Bottom hand covering end of stick.
  • Top hand waist wide.
  • Very soft hands.
  • Head of stick always in the “box area”
  • Head of stick in the box area.
  • Give with the ball-treat it like an egg-don’t scramble the egg.
  • Never snap at the ball.
  • Don’t spin your stick.
  • Stick never pass your face mask.
  • Hands as stated above.
  • Get arms away from the body.
  • Upper hand-snap wrist.
  • Lower hand-pull toward elbow-don’t push.
  • Foot pointed to target.
over the shoulder ots
Over the shoulder (OTS).
  • Upper hand tells you what shoulder to look over.
  • Half moon cut or banana cut.
  • Expended the stick.
drills passing catching
Drills: Passing & catching
  • Pair.
  • Give and go.
  • Half circle w/coach.
  • Wall.
  • 3/4-man.
  • Triangle.
  • V-cut w/coach or cone.
  • Back-cut w/coach or cone.
  • OTS/follow the leader.
  • OTS post pattern.
  • Stick position. Start with low to high.
  • “Give me the money”-The Big Diehl.
  • Don’t spin your stick.
  • Remember that cradling is over rated and shows others that they don’t know what to do with the ball.
  • What to do with the ball? Give up the ball-it belongs to the “game”.
drills cradling
Drills: Cradling
  • Relay races.
  • Weave thru players or cones.

*changing hands…counting…footwork.

ground balls
Ground balls
  • Stick position.
  • Body position.
  • Key terms or “Sticky Messages”

*Be a monkey-get low-be.

*Talk to the ball (Hello friend).

*Listen to the ball (Put friend in a safe place).

*Accelerate thru the ball.

*Roll away from pressure.

*Share it with a friend.

drills ground balls
Drills: Ground balls
  • Monkey.
  • Booty.
  • Pair.
  • Backwards.
  • 3-man.
  • Triangle.
  • Musical Chairs.
  • Clock.
  • Turn it over.
  • Limbo.
  • Purpose of dodging?

*To free your hands...


Pass or Shoot.

drills dodging
Drills: Dodging
  • Pair sharing.
  • Bull in the ring (stick protection).
  • Battling Knights (line drill).
  • Driving from the top & sides.
drill me
Drill Me
  • Full field OTS.
  • Meatloaf.
  • 2v1 GB.
  • Hot Potato (3v2-breakout).
  • Get open.
  • Box GB’s
play it up
Play it up
  • 3v3.
  • 4v3.
  • Chaos.
  • Musical Balls.
  • Einstein.
  • West Genny.
  • Fast breaks.
homework terminology to be taught defense terms
Homework/Terminology to be taught:Defense-Terms
  • Break down.
  • GLE.
  • Poke check.
  • Lift check.
  • 50/50.
  • Move your feet.
  • Never turn your back to the ball.
  • Play the hands.
  • Stick on Stick.
  • Stick on his stick side.
  • Push (V-hold).
  • Slide.
  • Help.
  • Fire.
  • Time flavors defense.
  • Don’t know where to go (touch the hat/hole).
homework terminology to be taught offense terms
Homework/Terminology to be taught:Offense Terms
  • Back up.
  • Change of speed.
  • Change of depth.
  • Change of direction.
  • Unsettled.
  • Pick.
  • Screen.
  • Dodges.
  • Cutting.
  • Clear.
  • Break.
  • Space flavors offense.
  • Give and Go.
  • Keep it hot.
  • Ball never gets tried.
  • Move w/o the ball.
sticky messages
“Sticky Messages”
  • BU-balance up.
  • Lacrosse is a game of opposites. `
  • If your feet are still, your wrong.
  • The ball belongs to the game-move it.
  • BUM-Ball…U…Man.
  • What does a 2 on 1 need? The ball.
  • “Don’t mistake activity for achievement, practice it the right way”. –John Wooden.
  • Lacrosse is a game of recognizing, not memorizing.
last thoughts
Last Thoughts
  • Practice should be no longer than one hour and 25-minutes.
  • If your practice plan is not working…

scrap it and move on.

  • Everyone is involved in practice…not just the starters. Rotate players often.
  • It’s about having FUN…players feed off you and your staff.
closing thoughts comments
Closing Thoughts/Comments
  • LPABPW-Lacrosse people are the best people in the World.
  • Sticky messages-add new ones in ever practice.
  • Don’t coach the players on the field; coach them when they come off.
  • Share your knowledge/ideas with others in the league.
  • Whatever bad habits they pick up as a youth, they will have forever.
  • Be a stickler on the mechanics of all fundamentals.
  • UAHS tryouts (1-hour & half) all fundamentals-guess what?-they’re very important.
  • Motor skills are learned at ages 8-12yrs.
  • UALA spring league is all about the fundamentals-don’t feel you have to add more into every practice, skills, skills and more skills.
  • Please review and re-review your UALA coach’s manual-its load!
  • Thank you for all your time and efforts in teaching future UA Bears!
  • Don’t lose sight on the goals of the game-HAVE FUN!

Great Reading

  • The Sprit in the Stick by Neil Duffy
  • Season of Life by Jeffery Marx (Your first read!)
  • Our game: The Character & Culture of Lacrosse by John M. Yeager
  • Coaching Youth Lacrosse by American Sport Education Program