We are on the field and in the stands every day watching what different high school and college coaches are doing with their teams to get ready for game time. Here are 8 ways you can upgrade your pregame warm-ups to get your players feet and sticks moving and maximize their touches on the ball.
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've seen several top college teams using this play a lot already this season--Cornell, Syracuse and Yale have all used this in the first two weeks of 2015. It's a simple way to get your Midfielders "dodging downhill" and using the 2-Man Game.
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.
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.
"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.