With stick skills strengthening at this point in the season, this practice
will introduce a great transition drill.
First 5 Minutes (Review)
Bring all of the players and coaches
together. Begin the practice by reiterating what was conveyed at the end of
the last practice. Assess the progress made toward the goals for your season.
Explain the plan for this practice. Address any questions the players may
Next 5 Minutes (Warm-up)
Divide the players into several lines on the midfield line facing one of the
restraining lines. Go through repetitions of the following between the mid
line and the restraining line: 50 percent run with high knees, butt kicks
(lifting the legs up high in the back), side shuffle, running backwards; then
75 percent run; and 100 percent run.
During the warm-up, pull the goalies aside and have them work with one or
two of the coaches.
Next 15 Minutes (Stick Skills)
Work contact drills as previously performed:
Next 2 Minutes (Water Break)
Keep your players hydrated with
a water break. But have them hustle back to the field. You can consider
having this break during Stick Skills.
Next 10 Minutes (Shooting Drills)
Two-Line Pass and Shoot: Divide the players into two separate lines
facing each other. The lines should be about 15 yards apart – one
on each side of the cage about 10 yards above the goal line. The players at
the front of one line will cut toward the other line. The first player in the
other line has a ball and passes to the cutting player. The cutting player
catches the ball and shoots an inside shot on the run. Then the player who
made the pass cuts toward the other line and receives a pass from the first
player in line and shoots. The drill continues until all of the balls are in
the net. Then have the players switch lines and do the drill again.
Next 20 Minutes (Odd-Man Drill)
Fastbreak Drill: The 4-on-3 fastbreak is one of the most common odd-man
situations in lacrosse and a great situation for drills. First explain to the
players what a fastbreak is and how it occurs (a midfielder breaks down with
the ball in transition and has a 4-on-3 with the attackmen). Then take the
opportunity to explain the keys to any odd-man situation.
Demonstrate how the players should line up for this drill. The three
attackmen should be in a 'L' shape with two players slightly above the goal
line and the point player near the restraining line on the opposite side of
the field from the approaching midfielder. Explain and walk through the
different passes that the players can/should make to defeat the three
defenders. Identify the passes that require the defense to slide from the
covered attackmen and which ones do not. After explaining how to run the
fastbreak from an offensive standpoint, explain to the players how to play
the fastbreak defensively. This is a great opportunity to explain the concept
of 'sliding' to the defense as the ball is moved by the offense.
To run a fastbreak drill, have two lines of midfielders halfway between the
restraining line and the midfield line. Also, have three attackmen and three
defensemen set up in the 'L' inside the restraining box. The coach makes a
pass to the first player in one of the midfield lines and the drill starts.
Have the players play through the 4-on-3 until someone scores or until the
coach blows the whistle. Then the coach starts the drill off again with a
midfielder from the other line. Exchange players frequently in the different
positions so that everyone has a chance to try the positions.
Next 2 Minutes (Water Break)
Keep your players hydrated with a water break. But have them hustle back to
Next 15 Minutes (Scrimmage)
Review action from prior scrimmages and/or games. Talk to the players about
skills that were done well and others that will help the players develop and
understand the team game.
Then divide the players into two teams at each position. Let the players
play in a controlled scrimmage setting. There will be a lot of different
circumstances to teach as the scrimmage progresses, but it will be a lot of
fun for both the players and coach. Now that you have introduced the
Fastbreak Drill, if there are any penalties during the scrimmage, award the
team that was fouled a fastbreak.
Right before the end of practice, blow the whistle and tell all the players
to enter the game. Let them enjoy the game for one minute as it was
originally played – it is a fun twist for the young players.
In your team huddle, review what was learned and congratulate the players
for their hard work. Also, establish the next practice time (or game time)
with the players and parents, and follow up with an email.