We spend a lot of time at camps and clinics, and we go to a lot of summer club tournaments where several hundred teams are attending from all over the country. We listen to coaches in between games to hear what they are teaching their players now. We notice when things that were important ten or twenty years ago are not even being mentioned by coaches anymore. And we notice what kids are and are not having success with on the field.
High school and college lacrosse coaches today want players that can get in front of the goal. The Split Dodge down the alley isn't going to cut it all the time anymore. Against better Defenders and better Goalies today, you have to be able to get those high percentage chances in the middle. Teach your players to get to the "Slot," just like getting to the "Paint" in Basketball. Initiate the contact with the dodge- lean in to the defender to push your way into the middle.