The Clear: A Youth Coach’s Guide

"Clearing" can be the ultimate test of a team's stick skills, communication, and lacrosse IQ. Just getting the ball away from your own goal is one of the most common challenges that coaches at every level will see. But Clearing doesn't have to be a frustrating scenario to teach players new to the sport. No matter what level you coach, it's critical you teach all your players to understand this common game situation.

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3x “Three-By” 3-on-3 Half-Field Practice Game

3x ("Three-By") is the best practice game we've seen in years, no joke. We played a ton of 3x at camp this summer. It is great work for stick skills, quick ball movement, defensive help and rotations, everything! We saw tons of kids playing it at the World Championships last year. They love it, and it looks like it really benefits them.

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4-on-3 Drill with 2-on-1 Up Top

This simple variation of the classic 4-on-3 Fast Break is a great drill for youth and high school teams. Besides improving passing, catching, and man-down defense, using this small twist at practice will get players to adapt and respond quickly to fast break situations during games. Read more

4-on-3 Box Passing Drill

The 4-on-3 Fast Break happens multiple times in every lacrosse game, especially with youth and beginners. This classic drill will help you teach your Defenders how to move and rotate as the ball moves. Its also great for working on passing and catching for your offensive players.

No matter what level you coach, make sure your team understands how to work the numbers advantage so they can score!

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4-on-3 Fast Break Drill

4-on-3 Fast Breaks are often a standard part of tryouts for many teams, helping coaches gauge everything from a player's stick skills to footwork to his performance under pressure. Keep it simple for your players with this common game situation drill.

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4-on-3 Fast Breaks: The Basics

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!

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2-on-1 Man/Ball from Different Locations

This is a simple variation of the 2-on-1 Man/Ball Drill to teach youth, high school, and college lacrosse players to turn a loose ball into a goal-scoring opportunity from anywhere on the field. It's great for conditioning and toughness, and it imitates game situations. Plus it's probably the most basic way to teach your players to understand the 2-on-1, even if their stick skills aren't very good yet, since the ball starts on the ground.

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2-on-1 Man/Ball Drill to Goal

This is a simple variation of the 2-on-1 Man/Ball Drill to teach youth, high school, and college lacrosse players to turn a loose ball into a goal-scoring opportunity. It's great for conditioning and toughness, and it imitates game situations. Plus it's probably the most basic way to teach your players to understand the 2-on-1, even if their stick skills aren't very good yet, since the ball starts on the ground.

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2-on-1 Man/Ball Drill: The Basics

The 2-on-1 Man/Ball Drill is a classic ground ball lax drill. Youth, high school, and college coaches alike will find this drill a crucial part of their practice arsenal. It's great for conditioning and toughness, and it imitates game situations. Plus it's probably the most basic way to teach your players to understand the 2-on-1, even if their stick skills aren't very good yet, since the ball starts on the ground.

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