Scouting Purposeful and Concise J.M. KenneyLacrosse Scotland – Head Coach Editor: Lacrosse Coach Newsletter firstname.lastname@example.org www.lacrossecoach.org Scouting is an integral part of the game- not an after-thought.
Scouting 101 • Scout Yourself First ! • Understand your strengths and weaknesses. • How would someone exploit your squad? • Use the former head coach ( if not he has not usurped by the parents*) or a former player. • The Scout must know your tendencies. • Must be able to observe the opposition always with a mind toward your squad. Information is helpful only if it is helpful. • Example: Team A has a goalie that does not clear well. Team B jumps the Goalie immediately after a save; Your goalie is former all –Long Lsland & QB - must look for the exploitation outlet, not the jump – • Think ahead.
Scouting 101 • Different Coaches – different formats: • : some coaches use tape recorders, some utilize software programs. Others still use paper and pencil. How one takes down the information is less important than the information itself. • Do not prepare a radically different game plan – utilize your basic sets and tweak, not cannibalize your schemes. • Too much change will confuse your players. Rather, focus on aspects of strategy(s) that can take advantage of your opponent. • Be cunning – not a schemer*
Scouting 101 • Choose the venue based on schedule: • Grass vs. Turf • Night game vs. Saturday afternoon • Home vs. away – • Know the opposing coach’s philosophy a head of time. • Up -tempo? • Slow and methodical • Transition • Trickster ( ball tricks, quick whistle plays)
Scouting 101 • Check the local paper/on line sources • preliminary information can be gleaned from the papers before you personally scout; • be judicious about the type of information that you glean. Stats are fine, but a one game statistically basis can be misleading. • Have a team manager or parent cut out any and all opponent newspaper write-ups* as this will provide a more balanced view • Obtain a roster • Nowdays – parents demand them at games and most are on line • Have your AD request one – at the beginning of season
Scouting 101 • Field Conditions: Obviously, take note of the type of field, the cut of the grass and the size of the field (there is quite a range by HS rule). These will assist in determining speed of the players. • Take note as well as the background behind the goals ( it is tough to play at the Carrier Dome as a goalie and I am told that one end is tougher than the other) , • Location of scoreboard • Check and note the lighting – including time of day sunset of game
Scouting 101 • A lacrosse program should have a standard format for scouting. • Don’t just send an assistant out with a camera and blank sheet of paper. • Get there early – • Watch warm ups – intensity* • Note injured players • Have all the necessary items • Notebook • Writing Utensils • Camera • Good viewing /no distractions
Scouting 101 • . Timeouts: Not only should the scout use the time outs to write down their thoughts, but care should be taken to note how the time out was taken • Was it used to stop momentum? • Was it used to set up a play? Which one? • Was it used effectively ? • Army ,Syracuse come to mind immediately). • Is this a hustling, hard riding opponent? • Do they utilize a 10 Man ride? When do they employment ( on a shot? On a ball out of bounds?)
Scouting 101 • What to film? • Depends – How much are you going to watch? Do you show your players?* • Suggestions • A quarter- 2nd or 3rd – they are in thick of it • EMO • Faceoff • Ride • What to notice? • Opener? • OB • Special set plays
Scouting 101 What to include: Shooting Chart: All teams have shooting tendencies. A solid scouting report should include the shooting tendencies of your opponent. • Where do most shots initiate? • How accurate are their shooters A simple shooting chart can be developed
Scouting 101 • Reporting to the team • Create confidence, but don’t oversell. • Much of coaching engenders and demands loyalty from the players. To develop loyalty one must be credible. Therefore do not try to panic or infuse unnecessary worry in your players. • Be realistic – even about winning. Let’s face it, there are some teams that are bigger, faster and better than yours may be – and no amount of scouting insight is going to change that; however, in such cases a good scouting report can help you be competitive. • Don’t Guess! D.M.S.U. • Players are always seeking an advantage. If a player asks a question about a team that you have not seen or know if it happen on the field, don’t pontificate as if you did. “If you didn’t see it, don’t say it.”
Scouting 101 • Some scouting reports are too detailed and are left on the locker-room benches due to their over-load of information**The power of 2 • 1. What do we need to do to beat this team? a. Keys to Victory (who gets the ball?) b. What is the focus- what can we do? c. Possible m2m match ups and what it will take to stop your man. • 2- What things do we need to cover in practice before we play them? • Cover them – Don’t practice until you get things right – practice them until you can’t get them wront
In (during) game scouting • Use the Assistant Coach/Manager • Give them an actual assignment • Faceoff moves • Identify their rides, clears, EMO • Use your players • Scotland vs CW Post.
Scouting 101 Attack Oriented – solid Offensive middies Transition – do not slide up-field 99 weakest link – look to double if below GLE Delay slide to 44 Middie on Ride – look to utilize 10 man The real work comes scouting and in practice
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