The Lacrosse Drills page is designed to help entry and intermediate level coaches, parents, and players learn fundamental lax drills. Learning the unique skills of playing lacrosse requires a great deal of practice, coaching, and repetition.
Coaching or learning lacrosse is no different than any sport. It takes practice, practice, practice to get good at it. No one just picks up a lacrosse stick and immediately can scoop the ball, change hands, do a power cradle through the defense, dodge, and take a shot on goal without practicing those skills over and over first. Lacrosse drills should be incorporated that use the tried and true methods of quality coaching. We strongly support the whole - part - wholemethodology of teaching.
Show the concept - whole-part-whole
Establish the objective of the drill and how it applies to the game, so they get the concept. Don't teach the technique until you have established the purpose.
Set them up mentally with a real game scenario where they would use the specific skill or skills you are trying to teach. 5 on 0, or 6 on 0, or what ever the scenario calls for that best duplicates the real game scenario.
Utilize cones or a stationary opponent.
Tell them why the technique is important.
Tell them what they are trying to accomplish and why.
It is all about the concept in the first Whole stage. Just get them to understand the concept.
Teach the technique: Whole- Part- Whole
Once they understand the concept now you can start breaking it down to its tiniest components.
Teach them 1 on 1, or 1 on 2 again depending on the drill.
Teach them in detail the proper technique.
Repetition is the key here. Most things take repetition to become habit. So you will have to repeat the techniques over and over until it becomes second nature.
Be persistent on the tiniest details. Bad habits are harder to break than teaching it right the first time. Make sure they are doing it right.
Make your lacrosse drills competitive when appropriate. Competition drives behavior.
Bring it all together: Whole - part - Whole
Now you can take all of the components and bring them all back together.
Apply the lacrosse drill in a way that simulates live game action as closely as you can.
Make it a full group session 5 on 5 or 6 on 6, if possible, so that they can as closely as possible practice what they will be expected to perform in a game environment.
This should be a highly competitive live period.
If you don't find what you are looking for let us know and we will work to add it. If you have a suggestion for a drill to add or if you have a drill you would like for us to include in our growing resources please use the Contact us page.