We saw two great new Hidden-Ball-Trick Man-Up plays this season. It's not something you should spend tons of time practicing if you haven't covered all the basics. But if your players understand how Man-Up works, then these could be fun ways to score some legit goals.
Michigan ran this great Man-Up 3-Man Rotation over and over in their game against Johns Hopkins this weekend. This play is a great example of how college coaches "Keep It Simple" for their players. Nothing fancy here, just execution.
Youth coaches everywhere struggle to teach their beginning players how and where to move the ball in unsettled situations. "One more!" is a great call we hear experienced high school and college coaches using from the bench to direct their players on the field in the middle of the action.
We borrowed this simple youth or high school Man-Up play from Box Lacrosse. It will work just as well for your outdoor team in the 6-on-5 Man-Up format as it does in 5-on-4 Man-Up for Indoor Lacrosse.
We saw a youth team from Texas run this same Man-Up Play four or five times successfully in one game at a tournament in California last weekend. Try this simple play in practice and games to get easy looks right in front of the goal.
The 4-on-3 Fast Break happens multiple times in every lacrosse game, especially with youth and beginners. No matter what level you coach, it's critical you teach all your offensive and defensive players to recognize and respond to this common situation properly. Make sure your team understands how to work the numbers advantage so they can score!
The "Wheel" is probably one of the easiest youth and high school lacrosse Man-Up plays to run. If your players can catch and throw reasonably well for their age and ability level, sometimes you can score in as few as two passes!
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