This is one of our all-time favorite games to play at any practice! Use this drill with youth teams all the way up to college to teach players to read and respond to unsettled and transition situations. It works on ground balls, stick skills, ball movement, defensive rotations and communication, everything!
Ball-Watching on Defense can be a serious problem for youth and beginning players. "Look Away!" is a great call we've heard college and high school teams using in unsettled situations to get players to turn around and find a man to guard.
One of our teams got beat getting back to play defense all day in our game this weekend, leaving a man on the other team open for easy goals every time they got the ball. Use this classic practice drill to teach your players get back in the "Hole" and play Defense "from inside-out".
Youth coaches are constantly struggling with players that lunge or over-commit on Defense, letting the man with the ball run right past them. "Stubbies" can be a quick and inexpensive fix to this problem, helping to keep players' feet, hips and hands moving in the right direction.
Today in Lax Lingo we want to talk about Defense, and especially defensive help from the back side. "Spider!" is a great new term we hear coaches using to communicate to Defenders when to move out to play their man with the ball, and when to move back in to help in the middle when the ball is away from their man. This is also a great way to introduce basic Team Defense to your players.
Whether it's the increased focus on safety, new rules for "quick restarts," or the influence of Canadian Box Lacrosse, the game is changing. Here's a list of the current trends we here at Lax Library believe will help coaches prepare players for the modern game.
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.
Youth coaches everywhere struggle with beginning players that lunge or over-commit on defense, letting the man they are guarding run right past them. The Bucket Game is a very simple fix to this common problem, teaching players to keep their feet, hands, and bodies moving to stay in between their man and the goal.
"Find" is a great term we have heard good coaches using in games for a few years now. In today's Lax Lingo, we'll look at how this simple one-word tool can help your players react and respond quickly on the field.
When teaching your players good individual defense, maybe don't teach the Poke Check first. We realize this might sound blasphemous, since the Poke Check is a classic. But we have heard that even top coaches like Dave Pietremala are getting away from it (although don't quote us). In game situations, a beginning player is running at full speed, trying to poke the 2"-wide shaft or the ball carrier's bottom hand, both relatively small targets. Instead, teach them to play Body Defense with the Feet, Hips, Hands, Stick last.