Replace Your Line Lacrosse Drills, Lacrosse Coach Jez,
OK, so we have heard over and over we need to replace our line lacrosse drills… We have written about lacrosse drills that feature a lot of touches, right and left in a short period of time. It is not as hard as you might think to get each player 50-70 touches in eight to ten minutes in a lacrosse drill, even at the very beginning of practice. Coach John Jez, Head Coach CW Post offers a unique alternative for lacrosse coaches and teams of all ages.
Remember the criteria is all about emulating a game situation as well keeping things quick and moving in our lacrosse drills. In this case we get a bonus as there are a number of variations to the lacrosse drill to highlight different fundamentals within the basic framework of the drill. Here we go.
In this lacrosse drill we have four lacrosse players; the ‘outside’ players are stationed at the sidelines across the width of the field. The two lacrosse players that are the ‘inside’ players are positioned around where the hash marks would be on a football field. The key points of the drill are that we keep two balls, and all four players active and moving, throwing and catching at all times. Many of us have done a variation of this lacrosse drill with just a single player in the middle, but this lacrosse drill is so much better. OK so far?
The lacrosse drill starts with a pass from the outside player to the inside player. The inside player is moving to the ball, makes the catch, and throws a return pass back to the outside player. The inside player then turns and runs to catch a pass from the outside player on the far side, returns the pass and so on… But in this drill the drill runs from both sides at the same time, thus four players active at all times, and two balls in the air in this lacrosse drill at all times. Please remember, to keep a pile of balls at the feet of each outside player, so if there is an errant pass, the player picks up a new ball and the drill continues at a very fast pace. Do not slow down to chase balls… Please, especially with younger players.
After a brief period of time, the two inside players go to be outside players, and the outside players switch to be inside players.
So that is the basic lacrosse drill, but what makes it great is the flexibility.
For Youth Players
Four younger players, U15 and younger, or players of lesser skills, move all the lines a little closer in this lacrosse drill. So from outside to outside player maybe thirty yards, and limit the passes to 15 yards.
Over the Top
To add a unique twist to the lacrosse drill, the ball starts with the outside player who passes to the inside player. The inside player then turns and throws a long pass ‘over the top’ to the outside player on the other far side of the field. I love lacrosse drills that feature ‘looking up’ and moving the ball immediately focusing on a quick pass up the field rather than running. And again, everyone needs to be awake as we have all four players and the two balls in the air at the same time.
Integrate Ground Balls
Another flexible option to the drill is to add a ground ball where there had been a pass in the lacrosse drill. It might be from the inside player to the outside player, or from the outside player to the inside player, or both. Again, the focus is to pick up the ball, look up, and move the ball. For more advanced players you might even have them alternate which hand they pick up the ground ball with, or force them to go with their weaker hand. And again, all four players are active all the time, with two balls moving.
Familiarity with Groups
I found it curious, and a cool idea from Coach Jez, he keeps his attack working in the same four man groups in the lacrosse drills, his poles together etc, so they really get accustomed to how hard the player passes, familiarity with working together, and a host of benefits.
As can already imagine the options to this drill are only limited by your creativity. We may have the player catch the ball outside shoulder, roll back or split, and throw with the opposite hand.
So there you go, give the drill and the options a try, and send us an email, firstname.lastname@example.org and give us even more ideas,