Guest Post: Developing a Defensive Mindset

We are very lucky to have a guest contributor with tips for developing the mental aspects and attitudes of team sports that are huge contributors to your players' success. We hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

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Man-Down Defense “Box and String”

This is an older, more traditional Man-Down Defense that we haven't seen in a while. We came up against it in a game this weekend, and we weren't prepared, so we thought we better cover it!

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Parents: PLEASE Stop Coaching Your Kids from the Sideline

After spending nearly every day this summer at camps and tournaments, here are our Top 3 things we wish parents would stop yelling from the sidelines.

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Do THIS Before you Double-Team the Ball

Every week we see teams lose close games because they struggle to get the ball back when they need it most. Use this simple technique before you “Double” the ball to get it back.

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“Box-and-One [in the Middle]” Man-Down Defense

We see many youth and high school teams giving up easy goals every time they are Man-Down because of a penalty. Use this basic Defense to teach your players to cover the ball, kill penalties, and shut down the other team!

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Transition Drills for Defense

These are some of our favorite practice drills and games to work on attacking and defending numbers-advantage game situations that are really what lacrosse is all about- the "2-on-1".

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Lax Lingo: “Draw and Dump!”

This is one of the basic principles that coaches and players at every level should know and understand how to move the ball to the open man to score!

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“Ball-Watching” Can Wreck Your Defense

Youth and beginning lacrosse players make a few common mistakes all the time that can wreck the Defense for your entire team. Luckily there are simple solutions to fix the problem!

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Short Stick Sideline Clear vs 3-3 Deep Zone Ride

Clearing against the 3-3 Deep Zone Ride can give high school and even college teams lots of trouble. Try this simple play we see college teams use to get the ball down the sideline away from your own goal to your offense!

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Short-Stick Sideline Clear

This is a simple but genius variation on a standard Clearing play that every coach should know and every team should be able to use to get the ball down the field away from your own goal into the sticks of your offense.

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