Work the “Ladder” on the Clear

"Clearing" the ball away from your own goal can be the most frustrating part of coaching youth or high school lacrosse. Use this simple sideline play that every coach needs to know to get the ball safely down field into the sticks of your Attackmen.

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Substitution Box Clear

This is another simple Clearing Play we saw several teams using to start great Fast Breaks in summer tournaments this week. Every good coach should know how to use the substitution box to their advantage when moving the ball down the field.

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The “D-Pole Deep” Clear

We saw a U15 middle school team run this simple Clear several times in the same game in a summer tournament this week. Use this play with your team to start some great Fast Breaks and get a few Long-Pole Goals!

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What are College Coaches’ Two Favorite Stats?

Sure Goals and Assists are what make the newspapers the day after a game. But for coaches and players who look behind the scenes at what really contributes to a win or a loss, there are two stats you should be paying close attention to, and you probably aren't.

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“Over!” Redirect Clearing Passing Drill for Defense

Clearing is a critical and unique part of lacrosse that many coaches have trouble teaching. Use this classic drill to practice long passes with your defenders, and teach your midfielders to cut to get open for the ball.

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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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Lax Lingo: “Up Field” and “Down Field”

We spend a lot of time listening to what good Lacrosse Coaches are saying on the bench, and what we can hear players telling each other on the field or on TV.

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