Lax Lingo: “Stop and Chop” (and how to stop it!)

Youth coaches everywhere struggle with beginning players that stop their feet and throw stick checks on defense, letting the man they are guarding run right past them. By teaching players to avoid this "Stop and Chop" behavior, they can correct their bad habits and learn how to keep up with any opponent.

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2-on-2 Dodge and Slide Drill

This is one of our favorite Dodging drills. It imitates game situations and teaches players to Dodge, Slide, pass, catch and shoot with their eyes up and feet moving. No matter what level you coach, this drill will make any practice more challenging and fun.

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6-on-6 Drills Not Working? Try These 7 Practice Games

6-on-6 drills are great...sometimes. But for coaches struggling to get players working on offensive or defensive rotations, working the numbers advantage, or moving their feet off-ball, these fun games are a great way to shake up practice and get more players involved.

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“4-By” 4-on-3 Full-Field Practice Game

Adding this fun and fast-paced game into practice will get players working on stick skills, pass fakes, shot fakes, quick ball movement, and defensive rotations. As a bonus, it's great for conditioning and imitates transitions from Defense to Offense and vice-versa that your players will see in real games.

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4-3 “43” Clear: The Punt Return

Just getting the ball away from your own goal is one of the most common challenges that coaches at every level will see. But with this classic Clearing play, it can be as simple as one guy running the ball down the field. No matter what level you coach, it's critical you teach all your players how to work this numbers advantage so they can get the ball down the field to score!

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The Clear: A Youth Coach’s Guide

"Clearing" can be the ultimate test of a team's stick skills, communication, and lacrosse IQ. Just getting the ball away from your own goal is one of the most common challenges that coaches at every level will see. But Clearing doesn't have to be a frustrating scenario to teach players new to the sport. No matter what level you coach, it's critical you teach all your players to understand this common game situation.

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3-on-2 West Genesee Drill

A true classic from upstate New York, this game is used in camps, clinics, and practices by teams all over the world. From improved conditioning to stick skills, this game will keep practice fun and help players improve their Lax IQ.

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2-Line Passing Drill: “Flip-Pass-Pass”

This is a great new passing drill we saw during pregame warm-ups at a tournament this weekend. This is a great drill for any day at practice no matter how many players you have, for any age or skill level.  It has a very simple setup, and it uses a cutting edge ball exchange technique that not many coaches are teaching yet.

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