Lacrosse Coaching Drills

The Importance of Speed and Agility

When it comes to lacrosse coaching drills should be a crucial aspect of every practice and pre-game routines. While many skills are necessary from a great lacrosse player, arguable the most important are speed and agility, since the game itself is fast-paced and requires quick thinking. The following drills will help your players with their speed with regards to throwing and catching.

Monkey in the Middle

When developing a repertoire of lacrosse coaching drills, make sure to include think of modifications for each drill to keep things fresh and interesting. First off, we have a drill for three players. To start off, two players stand approximately twenty yards apart with the third player standing between them. The player on the left throws a ball to the center player who catches it, cradles it, and throws it back to the left player. The center turns to face the right player, who throws a ball at the center player who must return it in the same manner. Play continues in this manner for three minutes, then the players switch positions. Continue until each player has had the opportunity to be the center player.

Modifications for this drill include playing only with right or left hands or using the quick stick manner to pass and receive, which involves catching the ball and returning it quickly without cradling it.

Next we have a drill known as the pinwheel, which is for eight players, four of which stand in a square facing outwards, and four staggered approximately 30 feet away from the square. The players on the outside are rotating clockwise while the center players throw balls towards the outside players. The outside players must always return the ball to the center player who threw them the pass. Once players have gotten the hang of this drill, challenge them to run it as quickly as possible.

Variations for this drill include using only left or right hands, changing the direction of the rotation of the outside players, or using only quick stick passes instead of cradling the ball.

Maintaining Eye Contact

For the last in this series of lacrosse coaching drills, we have a drill where many balls are flying, which forces players to pay attention and make constant eye contact with their teammates. This drill is for six players with four balls between them. Players arrange themselves in two lines of three facing each other. Players should be approximately the same distance apart from their line mates as from the opposite line. The players in the bottom row of the rectangle are known as players 1, 3, and 5 respectively, while the upper row of the rectangle are 2, 4 and 6.

Player 1 passes to player 2, who passes to 3, who passes to 4, who passes to 5, who passes to 6, who passes back to player 1. Make sure players use eye contact when throwing and catching passes.

Variations for this drill include using all right hands or all left hands, changing the directions of the passing, or using a variety of different-sized balls.

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