Canada ran this simple Man-Up play several times in their game against Team USA during the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships last night. You can use this same play with your youth or high school box or outdoor team.
Box Lacrosse is the best way for younger players to develop stick skills and athleticism as young athletes. Box Lacrosse is similar to Basketball and Hockey because they are all 5-on-5 games, and the playing surface is roughly the same size. Sometimes an outdoor lacrosse field is just too big for young players.
Top coaches like Bill Tierney (Denver) and more recently John Desko (Syracuse) have said that all kids should play more Box Lacrosse. The ball almost never goes out of bounds, so kids get more playing time. A bad pass leads to more chances for ground balls and unsettled situations, and the smaller floor and smaller teams give kids more chances with the ball. Plus the games are never cancelled by bad weather!
Canada ran this Man-Up play on the left side of the field (when looking out from the Goal or Goalie) to give the ball to Mark Matthews to shoot from up top. Most teams will want to run this play on the right side, since most of your players are probably right handed.
Plus, by using the 2-Man Game Pick & Roll during a penalty situation, you give the Defense a little something extra to worry about.
HERE'S THE PLAY:
With five (5) men on Offense, and only four (4) on Defense, there is a 2-on-1 and an open man somewhere on the field.
Figure 1.) Work the 3-on-2 up top. You might not have to go any further than this. Blue 1, 2 and 3 can work against the top two Defenders of the "Box" (Red 1 and 2). One of these three should be able to get open from a good shooting position up top.
PRACTICE AND GAME TIPS:
- Practice this same play with your outdoor team as a 5 on 4 drill to get them used to setting picks and moving the ball!
- Use Pass and Shot Fakes to move the Defenders. Some of the top elite club teams in the country work on shot and pass fakes with their youngest players.
RELATED PLAYS & DRILLS:
- Indoor Man-Up Double Pick Play: We saw the Iroquois team run this "classic Box Lacrosse play" in their game against Team USA during the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
- Man-Up 3-on-2 Pick & Roll Up Top: This is the same simple Man-Up play you can use with your Outdoor teams!
- Duke 3-1-2 "Inside-Out" Pick & Roll Offense: This college Pick & Roll and Dodging Play is the same play in 6-on-6 settled offense. Duke used this in the 2014 NCAA National Championship game.
- 2-2-2 Man-Up Pick & Roll Play: We saw a youth team in Texas score four or five times in the same game with this simple play at a tournament in California last fall.
Try it out and see if you can get it to work for your team! Make sure to tell us how it goes!