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Coaching Toolkit: Boys Lacrosse

SUNY Jefferson Dealing with Quick Possession Changes in Lacrosse
By Mark Streiff
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
SUNY Jefferson
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An unsettled situation is when there is a quick change of possession giving one team an advantage like a fast break.

Power Play or Man-Up, Man-Down. This is when one team has one less player due to a penalty. While the player is out, the team with the extra player (or power play) will press and try to score. The other team will focus on defense and try to hold until their player's penalty time is complete. Read More...

SUNY Maritime College Efficient Practices
By Dan Lawrence
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
SUNY Maritime College
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Winston Churchill said “He who fails to plan is planning to fail”. These are words to live by, especially when coaching young players. Having an organized practice allows you to utilize practice time more efficiently and maximize the potential of both players and staff. Dead time leads to bored players, ineffective practices, injuries and poor retention rates from year to year. The following five questions are important to consider when planning practice. Answering these questions can help you to formulate an efficient, effective and fun practice: Read More...

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SUNY Oneonta Oneonta’s Defensive Philosophy
By Dan Mahar
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
SUNY Oneonta
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In order to win, our whole team must play as a defensive unit. From the attackmen on the ride to the defensemen shutting down their attackers to the entire defense sliding at once, Oneonta Defense will be played as a unit. If you don’t want to play defense, you don’t want to play lacrosse at Oneonta.Read more...

SUNY OswegoWhat do we want to achieve when coaching youth lacrosse? A Coaching Philosophy on Youth Lacrosse
Ryan Martin
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
SUNY Oswego
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While most of my experiences coaching lacrosse have been at the college level, some of my most enjoyable and rewarding experiences have been working with youth level lacrosse players. I have coached at numerous camps over the years and it’s rewarding to see younger players hungry to get better and see them rapidly progress in a short span of time.

I think that coaches must do their best when coaching youth lacrosse to emphasize the three main objectives:

SUNY Plattsburgh Scoop and Chase Drill
By PJ Kavanagh
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
SUNY Plattsburgh CC
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The drill Scoop and Chase is designed to teach the most basic concepts of lacrosse. I have seen it used at the high school and college levels as well as in the MLL. It incorporates groundball fundamentals with unsettled lacrosse fundamentals. This is how to set it up.

Divide your team equally into two groups (we use WHITE/RED). Each team should have attackmen, midfielders and defensemen. The goalies can be in WHITE/RED behind the goal.

Alternate three lines of WHITE and three lines of RED players along the side of the box. The coach stands at the top of the box with a bucket of balls. . Read more...

SUNY Youth Sports InstituteLittle Things Mean A Lot To Youth Players
– and they make for quieter sidelines

By Tim Donovan
SUNY Youth Sports Institute
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Some of the most effective teaching tools for youth lacrosse are the little things that can have a big impact on young players. Taught well, ‘the little things’ can teach players how they can control more of the game. A side benefit can be quieter sidelines. My 3 coaching tools include an old-school, up-tempo drill that helps kids function well under pressure while improving their skills and conditioning. The next is a concept to help even the least developed youngster to gain confidence when playing open field defense. The last is the value of using of Code Words. I demonstrate what can be done with Code Words for teaching to pick up a ground ball.

  1. The 3-Second Drill
  2. Controlling Space in Open Field, Transition D - "Take an angle not the ball"
  3. Code Word: 25 for Ground Balls's

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