Here is another simple, classic stick skill drill you can do with players of all ages to give them a ton of reps and touches on the ball in just 10 minutes at practice!
This is one of the first lacrosse drills we ever learned! Coaches have been using classics like "Three-Man, One-Ball", "Three-Man, Two-Ball", and "Four-Man, Two-Ball" stick skill drills for decades. They are quick, easy, and they definitely get the job done.
The best practice drills aren't fancy or complex. Every drill should maximize movement and repetition for developing "Muscle Memory" and Hand-Eye Coordination for each player. Fun and Conditioning should also be included. Time your drills for your players' attention span and try Keeping Score in all your practice drills and games to include competition and increase the intensity!
HERE'S THE DRILL:
Skill Level: Basic-Intermediate
Skills Used: Passing, Catching, Scooping
Number of Players: Groups of four (4)
Time: 8-10 Minutes
Figure 1.) Start two players 20-40 yards apart, with two players in the middle. Use shorter distances for younger players, longer distances for older and more advanced players. Smaller groups will give all your players more touches with the ball.
Start balls with the two players on the outside. Make sure you have back-up balls at the end of each line for each group to keep the drill moving!
- Work Hard for One Minute! Rotate the players in the middle every 60 seconds. Give each player two to four turns in the middle. That's just 10-12 minutes or practice time. What are you going to do next, Coach!
- "Cut!" to the ball. Change Speed and Direction! Players shouldn't just jog in circles the whole time.
- Run Hard to get the Ball! If they miss any passes, they should run hard to get the loose ball.