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Drills for all levels of Boys lacrosse
 

Drill type Drill Name Description  
clears Ladder Clear Midfielders set up along one side of the field, defenders on the other. The middle middie and defender pinch in toward the center.   
Clears Box reverse goalie clears to d player near top corner od restraining box then that player gets it and passes base to GLE corner defenseman and then back to goalie.  Goalie passes to opposite GLE defenseman ona  sprint.   
Clears Goalie carries ball     
Conditioning Stick jumps  Stick jumps   
Conditioning Box Cone drill  Box Cone drill (sprint,shuffle,backpeddle and shuffle)  
Conditioning 3 Cone Shuffle 3 Cone Shuffle  
Conditioning Sprints Sprints in the 10 yrd,20 yrd and 30 yrd distance  
Conditioning M pattern drill set cones in an M format.  Sprint to cone one and shuffle to cone 2 and repeat until last cone and then sprint back to start  
Cradling  Cradle with pennies under arm pit Using either a one arm or two arm cradle have pennies under arm pit.  Teaching to keep the arm in tight and cradle tight  
Cradling  Cradle with thumb in pants put thumb in pocket and teach that the bottom hand guides as the top hand does all the work.  
Cradling  Cradle relay Line up kids and have them do a cradle relay by handling.  Make sure kids are cradling not running with stick stationary  
Cradling  Cradle pivot Have kids cradle with one arm and protest with the other with mild or no pressure.    
Cradling  Cradle run to cone switch and protect Cradle down line and then switch hand and cradle back.  Protecting stick or hiding stick from opponent  
Cradling  Cradle close eyes and throw One kid cradles in place and pivots after a few seconds his partner yells to pass "one more" and player makes pass to partner.  Keeping eyes closed whole time and head up  
Defense Poke checking hitting the bottom hand and driving through   
Defense Lift check lifting the bottom hand once the second hand is placed on stick  
Defense 3 on 4 box drill getting the triangle to move while passing around the box  
Defense Protect the paint Passing around the box and taking ball and sucking in the middle after the pass and then go back to where ball is passed  
Defense Shuffle to GLE  Defense behind the goal and driving attack up field and on the roll back moving them off a good shot angle  
Defense Drop steps Drop steps- No sticks/sticks – Much of defense is played with the feet, so footwork drills are important.  Several drills can be done by playing defense without a stick to work on footwork and positioning.  This is especially true for drop steps.  Set up cones in a zigzag fashion about 5 yards apart and have players drop step backward moving side to side without a stick.  Then have the defenders go against an offensive player who is split dodging from cone to cone, trying to maintain a stick length’s distance between the players.  Repeat again, this time with a stick in the defender’s hands.  The goal of 1 on 1 defense is to make your man pass the ball and then drop off him to help your teammates.  
Defense Poke checking  Poke check/lift check with backpedal – Set up a line of offensive players 5 yards apart, each with a ball in his stick and cradling.  Defenders move down the line in good defensive position, attempting to lift or poke check the bottom hand of the players with the ball.  After they throw a check, they backpedal 3 yards before approaching the next player.  Rotate players.  
Defense 2 man middle 2 man midline approach – Set up 2 lines of players next to each other in front of the defensive goal and a line of cones down the midline.  The first two players runs out to the restraining line, plant their inside foot, turn and run backwards on a 45 degree angle.  This teaches the players to split the field down the middle and force ball carriers from the inside to the outside when they play 1 on 1 defense.  
Defense Deny topside Approach and deny topside – The coach rolls/passes a ball to an offensive player who is standing just above GLE.  A defender slides from the crease and approaches the ball carrier from the inside out, and plays 1 on 1, denying the ball carrier the topside.  This teaches players to slide from the crease and deny the ball carrier the topside, where he can get a better shot.  
Defense Run the Arc Run the arc – An offensive player with the ball at X runs to his right to GLE, then to his left to GLE, then to his right to GLE.  A defensive player stays in front of him and shuts him off (applies a hold) so that the offensive player does not get past GLE each time.  The is sometimes known as “closing the gate”.  
Defense Rhino 1 on 1 Stop the charging rhino – This is a 1 on 1 drill.  The defender rolls a ball out to the offensive player, who scoops it up and attacks the net, trying to score.  The defender runs toward the ball carrier under control and tries to steer the ball carrier away from the net (i.e., toward the sidelines) as he is moving toward the net by pushing with his hands without cross-checking (defender’s lower hand on ball carrier’s hip), thus cutting down his shooting angle. Have defensive players a) run up to meet the ball carrier along the midline of the field, b) turn their feet towards the sideline when playing defense and c) deny the ball carrier from crossing the midline of the field.  Note:  This drill can also be done in the alley between the sideline and restraining box.  Set up 4 cones about 10 yards apart.  The offense gets a point if they cross the defenders line.  The defense gets a point if they push steer the offensive player out of bounds or takes the ball away.  This also simulates riding against a clearing team.  
Defense extend and recover Extend and recover – Start with 2 v 2.  The offensive players pass a ball back and forth between themselves.  The defensive players take turns moving back and forth between their man (“extend”) and the hole (“recover”) when their man has the ball and doesn’t have the ball, respectively.  During “extend” the defensive player runs to his ball carrier, yells “I’ve got ball”, has his stick pointing at the ball carrier and maintains 1 stick length distance.  After his man passes the ball, he turns his hips toward the ball and “recovers’ to the hole, leading with his stick.  This can be played with anywhere from 2 – 6 offensive and 2 – 6 defensive players.   
Defense 3 on 2 unsettled Defensive slides 3 on 2 in a square – Set up 4 cones in a square and put 3 offensive players at 3 of the cones.  There are two defenders inside the square. The player with the ball is covered by one defender who yells “I’ve got ball”.  The other defender splits the other two players and yells “I’ve got your help”.  When the player with the ball passes to another offensive player, the second defender moves toward the ball carrier and yells “I’ve got ball” while the first defender turns to the ball as he runs to split the other two offensive players.  Note:  this is both an offensive and defensive drill, but if players cannot pass effectively yet, then they can pass a small basketball or football instead of a lacrosse ball.  This is how to defend a 3 on 2 unsettled situation in a game.  The goal is to slow down the offense, stall for time and force the offense to pass.   
Defense King of crease King of the crease – Can be played 1 v 1, 2 v 2, or 3 v 3.  The offense tries to carry the ball into a crease that does not have a net, while the defense tries to keep them out with a series of legal holds.  Every time offense carries ball into crease, they get 1 point.  
Defense 5 v 4  Defend the hole 5 v 4 – Set up 5 offensive players in a 1-3-1 format vs. 4 defenders.  The defenders leave the crease man undefended.  The offense passes the ball around the outside looking to feed the crease.  As the ball moves around, the defense must constantly adjust their position from off ball to on ball and the backside defender (player covering the offensive player who is 2 passes away from the ball) must recover to the crease to help defend the crease defender.  This teaches recovering to the hole and sliding to help on the crease.  
Dodging Zig zag dodging    
Dodging Face dodge     
Dodging Split dodge    
Dodging Roll Dodge    
EMO  231 set     
Face off Clamp left hand formward,ball down line and reestablish feet  
Face off Basics Level stick ,right handed,clamp and roll to team mate  
Face off Plunger self clamp to pop to self  
Face off Jump    
Face off Jam    
Game like Ultimate Lacrosse 1.  Ultimate lacrosse – A great game that can be played at practice or at home with 4 – 20 players.  Split into two teams.  The object of the game is to pass and catch the ball and move it down the field.  Players can only take 3 steps with the ball before passing.  There is no body or stick checking allowed.  If a player drops the ball, he leaves it for the other team.  It is a great way to work on passing and catching, off-ball movement (give and go and cutting to get open) and to practice quick transitions from offense to defense.  Points are scored when one team crosses the other team’s end line.  There are no nets used in this game, since the object is to spread out and move the ball.  Coaches can also implement a 5 second rule to keep that ball moving (i.e., if you don’t pass the ball within 5 seconds, you turn the ball over to the other team).  A fast moving, fun game with lots of possession changes that hides conditioning.  
Game like Bacrosse 2.  Bacrosse – A combination of baseball and lacrosse.  Set up 4 cones like a baseball diamond and split into two teams.  Put a lacrosse net in front of home plate.  There is a team in the field and a team at bat.  The first player at bat throws a lacrosse ball wherever he wants, anywhere in fair territory, and starts to sprint around all 4 bases until he reaches home (he cannot stop at any base except home).  The fielding team chases down the ground ball (the “batter” is out if the ball is caught in the air) and has to make 2 passes before shooting the ball into the net.  If the runner crosses home plate before the ball crosses the goal line, then the team that is batting scores a run.  If the fielding team shoots the ball into the net before the runner crosses home plate, then the batter is out.  Every batter gets 1 turn at the plate before becoming the fielding team.  The fielding team should rotate players so that every player gets to be the shooter.  Warning: like baseball itself, there is some standing around in Bacrosse, so it is suggested that players who are not up at the plate should be cradling a ball or working on some other lacrosse skill.  
Game like Relay races Relay races – Players like competition, so relay races work well for incorporating lacrosse skills while doing some hidden conditioning.  Try to break the relay groups down into 2 or 3 players so that they have a period of exercise and a period of rest (but not too much rest!).  It is better to have several groups of 2-3 players in a line than it is to have 2 teams of several players in a line.  Relay race options: cradling, scooping, dodging, etc. using right and left hands.  
Game like Flypaper Flypaper – This drill emphasizes that defensive players should keep their sticks up in the air when playing off ball, fast break or man-down defense.  Line players up in a row.  Have at least one coach on each side of the line about 10 yards away from the line.  The coaches move up and down the line throwing passes to each other over the heads of the players.  The players get 1 point for deflecting a pass and 2 points if they catch a pass in their sticks.  Play to 10 points or whatever you want.  
Game like Beat the cradler Beat the cradler – The point of this game is to emphasize that the ball moves faster by passing than by cradling.  Set up cones in a straight line every 5-12 yards apart (depending on the age of the players).  This works best with 3-8 cones.  Have a player stand at each cone.  There is 1 extra player that stands 5 yards away from the first cone.  When the coach blows the whistle, the cradler sprints to the end of the cones as fast as he can with a ball in his stick while the players at the cones pass the ball down the line.  If the player cradling the ball gets to the end first, he wins.  If the passing team gets the ball to the player at the last cone first, then they win.  Each player then moves up the line and the balls starts again with a new cradler.  Be sure that the passers are turning in the correct direction when they pass to the next player in line, depending on which hand they hold their stick (e.g. a player who catches right-handed should turn to his left before throwing right-handed).  Warning: the cradler will often win this game when players cannot pass and catch the ball, which somewhat defeats the coaching point of this game!  
Game like 3 v3  3 on 3 tournament – This can be done at the end of practice or for an entire practice.  Split the players up into evenly skilled teams of three players.  Using multiple nets (four lacrosse nets can handle 24 players) have the players play a 3 minute 3 on 3 game, played like half court basketball (in that you have to clear the ball beyond a certain point before beginning play after a goal or possession change).  Goalies are nice to have but not necessary.  After the game, rotate teams until every team has played each other.  A coach can referee each game and award points not only for goals but for whatever you want to emphasize: ground balls, give and go, V cuts, picks, etc.   The team with the most points at the end wins.  
Game like 3 v 2 out and back  All start behind goal .offense 3 players with 2 d in-between.  Offense must pass the ball to the restraining box and play the 3 on 2.  defense must run to mid line and settle in to play defense.  
Game like 3 pass game Get 6 v 6 with the each team outside restraining box.  Play 5 minute quarters and if a team passes to each other 3 times in arrow they get a point.    
Game like Gauntlet Defense and offense on back and have one more offense than defense.  Offense tries to score and defense tries to clear it to half field  
Game like Cut feeds At Gle c cut and get feed from up top and go lefty and righty.  Head fakes and juke out goalie  
Game like Defense pass back 4 defenseman pass back and forth from end line to mid field with attack on side of restraining box and middies up top of field  
Game like 1 on 1 From all points on field with goalie  
Game like Island 1 on 1 Start 10 yrds from goal with o and d player next to each other .  Ball starts at offense feet and then they go live on whistle.   
Game like 2 on 3  3 lines up top and 2 defense.  Also have a line from behind for a settled 3 on 2.    
Game like 4 v 3 fast break offense in a box defense in a  triangle  
Game like 4 v 3 defense in box covering 3 attack and outside of restraining box 2 up top 2 behind.  Coach rolls out ball to one of the points and play 4 v 3.    
Game like 6v6 scramble Each team can send out up to 6 players and as low as 1.  random selection and team can not reuse the number.  6 rounds and a reset.    
Game like Man beat  Start six offensive players in a 1-4-1 formation, and start six defenders on them with a goalie in the cage. On a coach’s whistle, the offensive begins to pass the ball around the perimeter and go into their particular movements. A coach then calls out the jersey number of the defender who is covering the ball. This defender must sprint to the sideline and back before rejoining the play. When he vacates his spot, the ball carrier should go to the goal, making the defense slide to halt his progress and limit good scoring opportunities. After a goal or turnover, the drill repeats itself and the coach calls out the number of another player. After several repetitions, players rotate positions.  
Game like Fireman drill 3 on 2  from all 4 places on the field around the box.  (20 kids in drill)  
Game like clears 1.  Fast break 4 on 3 – A fast break is an unsettled situation that occurs when another team temporarily has a man advantage.  Set up three offensive players in an “L” formation near the net.  Three defenders should be in a triangle.   An offensive player has the ball at the midfield line and runs down the field toward the goal.  This player either goes to the right or to the left until he is picked up by a defender.  If the defender never picks him up, then he shoots.  If the defender picks him up, then he looks to pass to the top attacker, who passes to the low attacker who shoots or passes to the third attacker for a shot on net.  The goal of the offense is to stay spread out, move the ball quickly, draw defensive slides and find the open man for a good shot.  The goal of the defense is to rotate in a tight triangle, don’t allow shots inside the triangle and delay the offense while waiting for defensive midfield help.  Play until a goal is scored, the defense gains possession or the goalie makes the save (if you are using goalies).  A coach can also start an offensive midfielder with the ball and have a defensive midfielder chase him after a few seconds head start.  
Game like 231 offense 5.  2-3-1 Offense – The 2-3-1 offense is based on 2 triangles rotating and creating space.  When one player in the triangle moves, the other two players move as well.  Time should be spent at every practice setting up in a 2-3-1 offense, with the ball at different locations until players know where to move when dodging from various spots on the field.  When the player dodges to attack the net, it sets in motion 5 other players moving on offense.  The first objective is to dodge and shoot.  The second objective is to dodge, draw a defensive slide and pass to a teammate.  
Goalie Positioning    
Goalie Arc    
Goalie Tennis balls catching throw lightly to goalie tennis balls high and low and have them catch with top hand.  No stick    
Goalie Clearing     
Goalie Communication    
Ground balls Stationary scooping Place ball 5 yrds ahead of kid and have them run and scoop the ball.  Get them to cradle ball to face blow whistle and have them drop the ball and run back in line  
Ground balls Scoop through stick Place ball 5 yrds ahead of kid and have a stick over the ball with minimal pressure have them scoop through and run around 5 yrds ahead and then give you the ball for next in line.  
Ground balls 2 on 1 man ball 3 lines middle line is the 1 and the outside are the 2.  looking for the 2 to get ball and make clean pass to the other player.  Middle gets it pass back to coach.  
Ground balls Butt to Butt Line 3 kids up back to back.  Goal is for everyone to box each other out come up with ball and throw back to coach.  
Ground balls GB hunt line up x amount of kids and put out on field one less ball.  On whistle have kids all run to get a GB and bring back to coach.  Do until 2 kids one ball and have a gb champion.  
Ground balls GB scoop and not poop Line up x amount of balls have kids scoop ball and bring to face,move onto the next ball while first ball in stick .  Scoop all balls in the stick and then reset up.  Go righty and lefty.    
Ground balls 4man criss cross 4 man criss cross- Set up four lines of players and two balls in the middle.  The players opposite each other are teammates.  Players take turns scooping the ball, bringing it to their ear and placing it back down for the next player on the opposite side of the criss-cross.  Make sure all players yell “ball” and “release”  every time.  Teaches players to scoop in a crowd and maintain good form.  
Ground balls 2 man scoop 2 man scoop, pass, cut – Set up 2 lines of players.  The coach rolls out an uncontested ground ball.  One of the players scoops the ball, curls, passes to the other player and cuts.  He receives the return pass and then passes back to the coach.  
Ground balls 3 man yoyo 3 man yoyo GB – 3 players line up in a straight line.  Player 2 has a  ball and rolls it out 5 yards for player 1, who scoops, curls, passes back to player 3 and then returns to the end of the line.  Player 3 rolls the ball out 5 yards for player 2, who scoops, curls, passes back to player 1 and then returns to the end of the line.  The drill should be continuous and run itself.  
Ground balls 1 on 1 1 on 1 ground ball to the net – The coach rolls out a ball for two players.  Whoever wins is on offense and attacks the net against the defender.  
Ground balls 1 on 1 GB pass and go 1 on 1 GB, pass to coach, get return pass, 1 on 1 to net – Set up 2 lines of players.  The coach rolls out a ground ball and the players contest for possession.  Whoever wins, passes back to the coach, cuts and gets a return pass.  The players now play 1 on 1 to the goal.  
Ground balls 2 on 1 GB 2 on 1 ground ball in triangle– Set up three lines of players.  Two of the players are on the same team and one player is by himself.  A coach rolls the ball out in the middle of the triangle and the three players compete to pick it up.  If the team with two players wins, they should make one pass before passing back to the coach.   
Ground balls 2man/Box 2 man / 4 man box out – The players stand with their back to one another and a ball is between their feet.  When the whistle blows, both players try to get low by bending their knees and hips and pushing backward into the other player without attempting to scoop the ball.  When the whistle blows again, the players compete for the ball.  In 4 man box out the players are set up the same, only on the second whistle, the players try to kick or goose the ball to their teammate, who is standing a few yards away.  
Ground balls 4 man GB 4 man ground ball, then 2 on 2 to net – Line players up in 4 lines, diagonally away from each other about 10-15 yards apart in the offensive zone.  The players opposite each other are teammates.  Roll the ball in the middle and the first players in line compete for the ball.  The 2 player group who scoops the ball then attacks the net and the other two players defend.  
Ground balls GB GB, 5 second dodge and shoot – Two players from anywhere inside the box compete for a ground ball.  The player who scoops the ground ball has 5 seconds to dodge and get off a shot while the other player defends.  Do this drill at various locations around the net, include from behind the cage.  
Ground balls Triangle GB Put kids in triangle and have them roll ball to the other line the other line will scoop ,pivot around cone and roll to the next triangle.  Rotate directions for L and R GB  
Ground balls 3 balls across field  X1 rolls ball gently and scoops. Repeats until he has scooped it 3 times and turns around and repeats 3 going back to next in line.  After the 6th scoop throw to next in line.  Player should focus on technique and bring stick to face and cradle  
Ground balls Ground ball chaser Coach rolls ball out player one has 5 yrd head start and scoops rolls around cone and throws back to coach.  Roll right handed and roll left handed  
Ground balls GB back and out Players pair off and stand on the sideline. Player 1 gently rolls the ball out
towards the opposite sideline.
2. Player 2 runs and scoops it, turns in the correct arc, makes an accurate pass
to Player 1, and runs back to tap the sideline/ground near Player 1’s foot with
his stick.
3. This is repeated until Player 2 has scooped it 3 times, then the players switch
positions.
4. The coaches must stress to the kids that they go slowly enough so that their
technique is perfect. This drill is to reinforce the fundamentals, not just “kill
time”. Bring stick to face and cradle after the scoop, just like in a game.
5. To avoid confusion, I suggest that they do all 3 ground balls right handed for
a turn, and then left-handed for the next turn. Alternate each time
6. This is a good drill to do for 5-10 minutes. It involves conditioning.
 
Man down 2-3 with rotations    
Passing 3 man weave passing 3 lines middle has ball and will pass to the outside up field for 30yrds and come back  
Passing Stationary Passing  Grab partner space 10 feet apart and throw to partner.  Do both R and L   
Passing Stationary line relay passing Line up kids up 10 yrds apart and have a relay race with passing the ball to the next in line and then back to where started  
Passing Wall ball passing off wall solo or with others .  If with others 10 feet apart pass and next in line catches and passes.    
Passing One hand passing Line up across from each other and pass with one hand to partner.  Do left and right  
Passing Middle run and pass 3 people ,  one in middle other 2 in line.  Each outside guys has a ball.   Middle guy passes to outside guy runs around where he passes and catches ball from other outside guy.  Does this for 10 catches and then switch.  
Passing In the middle passing # in line middle guy gets a pass from out side guy and passes it back and then turns to the other outside guy and does the same .  Do for 1 minutes and switch.    
Passing Box passing  4 kids in box formation with cones.  Rotate the ball around the box by catching rights and rotating around cone and throwing lefts.  Rotate direction and throw right catch left.   
Passing Triangle passing Pass using outside hand same as box but with one less player  
Passing Passing down line Line one kid as the passer,  all other kids have them 5 yrds parts and pass when the passer is ready  
Passing Over shoulder Passing and catching Line up 2 lines one as the passer and one as the catcher.  Over the should needs to have the stick turned to the passer  
Ridding 3-3 non pressure Attack at the restraining box middies at mid field  
Shooting Inside roll dodge shoot Start from behind  
Shooting Hopkins Over and down 3people •X3 dodges off a cone at the top corner, V cuts out and feeds over to X2•X2 moves the ball “one more" to X1•X1 catches and rolls off a cone, top side for a finish•All players rotate to where they throw –for this rapid fire drill  
Shooting Overhand shooting Shoot over first net to second net (R/L) – To encourage overhand shots, set up one net about 10 yards in front of a second net.  Have a bucket of balls 5 yards before the first net.  A player takes a ball, split dodges and then shoots overhand, over the first net into the second net, attempting to aim for the low corners.  If players are too small to shoot over the first net, then prop up the bottom of the net where the pipes meet with a bucket.  For smaller players a coach can just stand there with his stick horizontally outstretched and the players have to shoot over his stick.  
Shooting Stationary scoop and shoot line up 5 balls at Gle and out top.  Scoop the balls and then make move to goal and shoot  
Shooting Ready aim fire start on knees and have kids with the ball and throw into net or fence.  Teach the hip rotation and the extension of the stick from the body  
Shooting Form Shooting Form shooting: knees, statue, 1 step (R/L) – Knees:  have players on their knees facing the sideline in a line about 5-10 yards in front of the net.  With their hands about 12 inches apart underhand toss them a ball behind them so that they have to reach back to catch it, keeping their arms away for full extension.  (Since this is a shooting drill, if they have trouble catching an underhand toss, then just leave a pile of balls behind the players for them to scoop).  Have them pause for 1 second and then shoot the ball at the net, using their torso to create extra power during shooting.  Statue: the player stands in front of a pile of balls behind them at their feet.  With their opposite shoulder pointing at the net, they shoot overhand without stepping, using torso turn and arm extension.  1 Step:  Same as before, but player gets to take a step with his opposite foot.  Shooting mechanics are very important so don’t let players get in bad habits.  
Shooting Dodge and shoot From top split dodge and shoot on run.  After shot run backwards to GLE to ensure torque and follow through  
Shooting Give and Go shooting Pass from top to wing  cut and shoot  
Shooting Dodge pass and shoot out top player 1 split dodges and then passes to player 2 who is c cutting for pass and shot  
Shooting Feed Crease one player and goalie.  4 points around the arc feeds the crease player.  Crease player fakes high shoots low.  Rotate in and out   
Shooting 3 on 2 from X 3 man turn the corner / inside roll (R/L) vs. 2 D – Turn the corner can be a very effective way to score from behind the net.  A player dodges his defender, curls around the net and shoots above Goal Line Extended (GLE).  However, the player who was occupying that space where the attacker is going to shoot from has to leave to create space (i.e., when he leaves, his defender will come with him).  Therefore, it is best to have a 3 man turn the corner drill so that players get in the habit of rotating.  Have a pile of balls at X and three players in an attack triangle formation.  The player at X turns the corner and shoots while the other two players rotate positions.  Then the next player attacks from X.  The same drill occurs with an inside roll.  For an added challenge, add two defenders in front of the net and make this an unsettled drill.  The defense has to decide who to cover.  Be sure to run these right handed and left handed.  
Shooting Feed the Monkey Feed the Crease (R/L) – There is an arc of players, each with a ball, that is lined up around the goal, about 10 yards away and a shooter in front of the crease.  The shooter receives a right handed pass from a player on the end of the arc near GLE, fakes and shoot.  He immediately turns and receives a left handed pass from a player on the other end of the arc near GLE, fakes and shoot.  He continues switching back and forth around the arc, alternating right and left handed shots, either faking high and shooting low or faking low and shooting high.  Rotate shooters after he is done.  
Unsettled 3v3 continuous Continuous 3 on 2 – A great game with hidden conditioning.  Once the players learn the rules, this drill almost runs itself.  Split the team up into 2 groups (pinnies and non-pinnies).  The team with pinnies stands at midfield on one sideline and the other team stands at midfield on the other sideline.  Pull the nets in closer (at the restraining lines or 40 – 50 yards apart, depending on age, works well).  Two players from the team with pinnies go out and line up on defense in front of their net.  Three players from the team with pinnies start at midfield with the ball.  Two players from the team without pinnies go out and line up on defense in front of their net.  When the coach blows the whistle, the 3 on 2 begins and the 3 players with pinnies attack the goal.  If the offense scores a goal, then they run off the field and get in the back of their line.  If the goalie makes a save (if you have a goalie in net) or the defense steals the ball, then the two defenders break up the field going the other way and pick up another player from the sideline so that the 3 on 2 goes the other way.  Play continues until a goal is scored, the defense steals the ball or there is a missed shot.  Each goal is 1 point.  Play to 10.  Suggestion:  If you aren’t using goalies, then you can 1) turn the net around so that players are shooting into the triangular portion of the net, 2) put in a commercially available target, or 3) put two cones in the lower corners of the net for the players to aim at.  
Unsettled Touch the cone Touch the cone - The point of Touch the Cone is to emphasize that when in an unsettled situation, defensive players should get to the hole (the area in front of our net) before playing defense.  Place a cone in the center of the hole, about 5 yards in front of the net.  Split the team into two groups (the defense has pinnies) and have them line up at midfield.  The coach tells the players how many offensive and defensive players will be involved for each turn (it can be any number 1-6 and shouldn’t be the same for offense and defense).  The coach then rolls out a ball and the offensive players scoop the ball and run toward the net to attack the goal while the defensive players sprint to the hole.  Defensive players are not allowed to play defense until they have touched the cone with their stick.  Play until a goal is scored, the defense gains possession or the goalie makes the save (if you are using goalies).  The coach then rolls out another ball for the next two groups: 6 v 5, 5 v 4, 4 v 3, etc.  After a while, change offensive and defensive players.  
Unsettled numbers 3.  Numbers – Similar to Touch the Cone but with more moving players and changing parts.  Split the team into two groups (the defense has pinnies) and have them line up at midfield.  The coach rolls out a ball for the offensive player to scoop and attack the net.  As he is attacking 1 on 1, the coach can send out 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 more offensive players and 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 defensive players in any combination (e.g. 1 on 1, 2 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 2, etc. all the way to 6 on 6).  Play until a goal is scored, the defense gains possession or the goalie makes the save (if you are using goalies).  The coach then rolls out another ball for the next two groups.  After a while, change offensive and defensive players.  Note:   In unsettled situations, where offensive players set up depends on how many players they have attacking the net: 2 players = side by side 5-10 yards apart, 3 players = triangle, 4 players = square or diamond, 5 players = circle, 6 players = 2-3-1 offense.  This drill may be a challenge for young defensive players.   
Unsettled 3v2 sideways 3 on 2 sideways – Place some low cones or other markers in a line from behind the net to the restraining line so that they run up the middle of the field.  Split the team into two groups (pinnies and non-pinnies) and designate one group as offense and the other group as defense.  Be on the sideline near the restraining line.  Roll out a ball to the offense and see if they can attack the net using only ½ of the field without crossing over the midline.  This teaches players to set up in triangles, draw and dump and move in smaller spaces.  Space is limited so players have to draw quick slides.  The goal is to set up a slam dunk shot on the crease.  The drill can be run on both sides of the midline at the same time (each side is an individual 3 on 2 drill).  
Unsettled 3 to 2 4 to 3 3 v 2 to 4 v 3 – Three lines of players are set up behind the goal.  Two defenders are in the hole.  Two more lines of players are at the restraining lines.  When the coach blows the whistle, the three offensive players from behind the goal attack the net against the two defenders.  After the play is over, the two defenders are now on offense and are joined by two more players from the restraining line, and they play 4 on 3 against the 3 players who were originally attackers.  
Unsettled 5/6/7 scramble 6 v 5/6/7 scramble – Offensive and defensive players are set up outside the box.  Coach rolls ball into the center and players release and try to gain possession.  If the offense gets the ball they attack the net.  If the defense gets the ball, they must clear it to midfield.  Can be used as as defensive drill (we are down by 1 goal and must get the ball back) as well as an offensive drill (we are up by 1 goal with 2 minutes left and must keep it in the box).  Offense can be told to score or not allowed to shoot.  Very competitive, high intensity, short duration drill, good way to end practice.  
Unsettled 3GB fast break 3 GB fast break 4 v 3 – A great full field fast break drill.  Set up 3 attack and 3 defenders in front of both goals.  Set up the midfielders for a face-off.  The coach has 4 lacrosse balls.  When he blows the whistle, the two face-off men battle for the ball.  Whoever wins runs downfield for a 4 on 3 fast break.  The coach flips a ball to the player who loses the face-off, who runs downfield for a 4 on 3 fast break in the other direction.   While the coach blows the whistle, he also rolls out two balls for the wing midfielders to battle for the ground ball, as they would in a game.  
Unsettled 4v4 side line 8.  4 v 4 sideline sprint – Set up a 4 v 4 scrimmage.  When the coach blows the whistle, he designates one of the defensive players to sprint and touch the sideline and then return to play.  While he is away from the play, the offense tries to score 4 on 3 before he gets back.  
Unsettled Touch the cone Touch the cone - The point of Touch the Cone is to emphasize that when in an unsettled situation, defensive players should get to the hole (the area in front of our net) before playing defense.  Place a cone in the center of the hole, about 5 yards in front of the net.  Split the team into two groups (the defense has pinnies) and have them line up at midfield.  The coach tells the players how many offensive and defensive players will be involved for each turn (it can be any number 1-6 and shouldn’t be the same for offense and defense).  The coach then rolls out a ball and the offensive players scoop the ball and run toward the net to attack the goal while the defensive players sprint to the hole.  Defensive players are not allowed to play defense until they have touched the cone with their stick.  Play until a goal is scored, the defense gains possession or the goalie makes the save (if you are using goalies).  The coach then rolls out another ball for the next two groups: 6 v 5, 5 v 4, 4 v 3, etc.  After a while, change offensive and defensive players.  
Unsettled Continous 3 on 2 Continuous 3 on 2 – A great game with hidden conditioning.  Once the players learn the rules, this drill almost runs itself.  Split the team up into 2 groups (pinnies and non-pinnies).  The team with pinnies stands at midfield on one sideline and the other team stands at midfield on the other sideline.  Pull the nets in closer (at the restraining lines or 40 – 50 yards apart, depending on age, works well).  Two players from the team with pinnies go out and line up on defense in front of their net.  Three players from the team with pinnies start at midfield with the ball.  Two players from the team without pinnies go out and line up on defense in front of their net.  When the coach blows the whistle, the 3 on 2 begins and the 3 players with pinnies attack the goal.  If the offense scores a goal, then they run off the field and get in the back of their line.  If the goalie makes a save (if you have a goalie in net) or the defense steals the ball, then the two defenders break up the field going the other way and pick up another player from the sideline so that the 3 on 2 goes the other way.  Play continues until a goal is scored, the defense steals the ball or there is a missed shot.  Each goal is 1 point.  Play to 10.  Suggestion:  If you aren’t using goalies, then you can 1) turn the net around so that players are shooting into the triangular portion of the net, 2) put in a commercially available target, or 3) put two cones in the lower corners of the net for the players to aim at.  
Unsettled Numbers Numbers – Similar to Touch the Cone but with more moving players and changing parts.  Split the team into two groups (the defense has pinnies) and have them line up at midfield.  The coach rolls out a ball for the offensive player to scoop and attack the net.  As he is attacking 1 on 1, the coach can send out 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 more offensive players and 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 defensive players in any combination (e.g. 1 on 1, 2 on 1, 2 on 2, 3 on 2, etc. all the way to 6 on 6).  Play until a goal is scored, the defense gains possession or the goalie makes the save (if you are using goalies).  The coach then rolls out another ball for the next two groups.  After a while, change offensive and defensive players.  Note:   In unsettled situations, where offensive players set up depends on how many players they have attacking the net: 2 players = side by side 5-10 yards apart, 3 players = triangle, 4 players = square or diamond, 5 players = circle, 6 players = 2-3-1 offense.  This drill may be a challenge for young defensive players.   
Unsettled 3v2 sideways 3 on 2 sideways – Place some low cones or other markers in a line from behind the net to the restraining line so that they run up the middle of the field.  Split the team into two groups (pinnies and non-pinnies) and designate one group as offense and the other group as defense.  Be on the sideline near the restraining line.  Roll out a ball to the offense and see if they can attack the net using only ½ of the field without crossing over the midline.  This teaches players to set up in triangles, draw and dump and move in smaller spaces.  Space is limited so players have to draw quick slides.  The goal is to set up a slam dunk shot on the crease.  The drill can be run on both sides of the midline at the same time (each side is an individual 3 on 2 drill).  
Unsettled   3 v 2 to 4 v 3 – Three lines of players are set up behind the goal.  Two defenders are in the hole.  Two more lines of players are at the restraining lines.  When the coach blows the whistle, the three offensive players from behind the goal attack the net against the two defenders.  After the play is over, the two defenders are now on offense and are joined by two more players from the restraining line, and they play 4 on 3 against the 3 players who were originally attackers.  
Unsettled   6 v 5/6/7 scramble – Offensive and defensive players are set up outside the box.  Coach rolls ball into the center and players release and try to gain possession.  If the offense gets the ball they attack the net.  If the defense gets the ball, they must clear it to midfield.  Can be used as as defensive drill (we are down by 1 goal and must get the ball back) as well as an offensive drill (we are up by 1 goal with 2 minutes left and must keep it in the box).  Offense can be told to score or not allowed to shoot.  Very competitive, high intensity, short duration drill, good way to end practice.  
Unsettled   3 GB fast break 4 v 3 – A great full field fast break drill.  Set up 3 attack and 3 defenders in front of both goals.  Set up the midfielders for a face-off.  The coach has 4 lacrosse balls.  When he blows the whistle, the two face-off men battle for the ball.  Whoever wins runs downfield for a 4 on 3 fast break.  The coach flips a ball to the player who loses the face-off, who runs downfield for a 4 on 3 fast break in the other direction.   While the coach blows the whistle, he also rolls out two balls for the wing midfielders to battle for the ground ball, as they would in a game.  
Unsettled 4v4 sideline 4 v 4 sideline sprint – Set up a 4 v 4 scrimmage.  When the coach blows the whistle, he designates one of the defensive players to sprint and touch the sideline and then return to play.  While he is away from the play, the offense tries to score 4 on 3 before he gets back.  
Warm up High knees High knees  
Warm up Turn and burn Turn and burn  
Warm up Shuffle    Shuffle     
Warm up Lunges Lunges  

 

 


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