Lacrosse Offense can be approached in many ways. Only your imagination really limits you as a coach in how you attack your opponent. I like to think about Lacrosse at its roots and how I imagine the Native Americans playing the game tribe to tribe. I imagine that Attack Attack Attack was the name of the game when there was so much at stake.
My approach follows that mentality, and I love fast break and transition offense that takes chances and forces opportunities to take shots. I am a firm believer in the more shots you take the better your chances are to score.
But there are MANY VERY successful offenses that focus on slow and controlled shooting. Maximizing time of possession and ball control. Controlling the tempo of the game by controlling the ball. Neither approach is all wrong or all right. I think they both have their strong and weak points. Slow controlled offenses work on quality. And I think teams with this approach tend to be more team oriented and usually more disciplined. I think that ball control is very important and these offenses tend to do a better job with ball control. However it is frustrating to spend 5 minutes working the ball around taking a couple shots to either score once or give up possession with no score and then be scored upon on the returning fast break. My personality lends toward being able to rally with 4-5 goals in a short period of time. You never feel out of a game regardless of the score if you can get a run going. On the other hand. To have an opponent hold the ball on you for 5 minutes, score and then for you to give up the ball without a score on the ensuing fast break only to have them hold the ball on you again. Is also demoralizing. And so both approaches have there place and both can be very successfully. Coaches mix these philosophies in 1000 shades of grey as the melt transition lacrosse with controll.
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