* Lacrosse is an exciting game where many goals are scored.
* Athleticism, skill, teamwork, and heart leads to success. Not physical size or strength.
* Lacrosse is a team game.
* Coaches need only to be enthusiatic, willing, and sincere.
* Good coaches are people who love to see growth in confidence and respect for others.
* Women's Lacrosse is the best game there is!
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1. Be yourself. Many players just want to be on a team and get a t-shirt with something cool on it. They want to have fun,
be with their friends, or try something new. They don't need a lacrosse expert, just a friendly
coach. The main job of a coach is to be the organizer. Check your community and ask for help from other coaches and players
that currently have a team. If noone is around, contact me.
2. www.uslacrosse.org Go to the "US Lacrosse Shop", and buy the book, "A Baffled Parents Giude to Coaching Lacrosse".
Good consise information.
3. Watch some college or high school lacrosse games in your city. Get permission to watch some of
their practices. Most coaches will welcome new programs. Ask, they might even send a couple of their experienced players to
run a clinic. See what drills they are doing. Some drills will be too advanced, so pick the easy ones.Particularly watch the
Join US Lacrosse ($50). Take the US Lacrosse Online Coaching Course.
5. Attend some local coaching clinics. Find some
high school players to help once or twice as your season starts.
1. Practice shooting every practice!!! Free position shooting, and receiving a pass near the goal and
2. Try not to have a drill with alot of girls
standing around, waiting in line.
3. Keep your instructions ("talking") to a minimum.
4. Be yourself. Be creative. Make it fun.
Every year toward the ens of the season we had "Paddleboat Day". Since
we practiced at a local park, and they had peddle paddle boats, we took the day off, paddled, and ate pizza. Years after their
season was over, they remembered the fun they had paddleboating. Not their won-loss record. Go to a zoo, rent bicycles, play
capture the flag, or just have pizza delivered. There is no way that skipping one practice will make an iota of difference
in someones lacrosse skills. In my view, the benefits of recharging enthusiasm and team bonding are paramount in coaching
If it's important to them, it's IMPORTANT. One practice, I couldn't get the high school girls to do anything. I finally stopped and asked what was up. They were trying to decide what color shorts to
get. Green, white, yellow, black??? It took the whole practice
to decide. I knew that if they didn't get it resolved, they wouldn't concentrate on running the drills properly. I got them together and let them make
their decision. They went with black shorts. Coaching means
being flexible and adjusting.
DURING A GAME.
No one likes to be openly criticized("yelled at"). Especially girls. During games is the best time to teach.
Teach the right way. When you see something that should
have been done differently,
quietly call the player to your side, and calmly explain. Before you start talking, ask them if they thought there might be
a better way of ....shooting, passing, whatever it was. You might be suprised that they were thinking the same thing but were
unable to execute because... their teamate wasn't looking, the defense was guarding them too closely, ???. Yelling from across the field will more often than not shut a player down by embarrassing her. And,
maybe forever while you coach.
need to know when they have done something correctly. Especially during a game. How else will they know? 90% Encouragement;
3. During a game I shout "good idea", if players try something and
are stopped, or lose control of the ball. You have to let your players know; 1. that you are watching. 2. that they
are executing correctly, even if something fails,
and 3. that you appreciate their
Smile! Let your players know that you are enjoying them, and their efforts.
1. Warm up. Jog a lap or two.
3. Shuttle lines. rt handed, left handed, balls
away, ground balls.
Drill 1. 3 person weave.
5. Drill 2. 3 vs 2, ending in a shot.
6. Drill 3. Catching and shooting at full speed. Feeder(Home) at side of goal.
7. Drill 4. Steal the bacon. Two lines, coach
throws the ball away, and two players compete to get ball. Winner works towards goal and shoots.
8. Scrimmage. 20 minutes.
9. Free position shooting. (ie. goalie practice.)
11. Jog lap.
13. Announcements. (at end of practice).
breaks lead to many goals. I yell "green light" to let the attacker know that they should continue busting toward
the goal. If she is not confronted by a defender, she takes the shot. Some girls have to be told to "be selfish",
don't look for someone to pass to, unless you get stopped. (That is why all players need to know how to shoot...even
Attackers need to keep the area in front of the goal
open. Attackers should position themselves outside of the 12 meter fan. "Stop jamming up the middle" is one of my
most heard coaching cries.
3. A pass should be made to a player who is further down the field, and wide open.
It is quicker to pass than to run the ball. Assuming adequate skill.
4. A pass should
never be made to a player standing still, who is guarded by a defender. The teamate recieving the pass should be moving toward
5. The most effective pass has a low arc, that is passed just above the head
of the player catching the ball.
An effective way to get ahead of a defender,
is to step between the defender and the passer.
Jogging on a cut through the 12 meter fan and 8 meter
arc, will usually be an easy way for a defender to cover the attacker. Cuts should be made at full speed. This is important
to practice. Do not practice bad habits.
Shoot high or low, left or right.
Not at the goalie.
9. Shots should be made from in front of the goal. Not from the side. Unless you
are very, very skilled.
10. If a player does not have a shot, possession of the ball is paramount. I yell
“patience” thirty times a game, sometimes more. Keep the ball, there is no time clock in lacrosse. Make every
shot a high percentage one. DEFENSE
on checking. It is the job of the defender to stop an attacker from getting to the goal. This is done with footwork and positioning.
2. When possible, double team
an attacker, and the second teamamte can go for a check.
3. If the attack is outside the 12 meter fan, leave them alone. Let run around
all they want, unless you are losing and need the ball back before time runs out.
4. Defensive players need to talk to one another. "I've got #3", "Switch",
5. Mirror the attackers
stick with your stick. Try to intercept a pass, or block the passing lane of the attacker with the ball. The defensive players
stick should not be moving from side to side, or towards the attacker stick. It must be outside the "sphere" (7inches
away from the opponents head).
Zone defense vs Man on man. Zone defense is becoming more popular because it reduces the number of shots in a game. Man to
man is easily understood. Zone defense requires knowledge of the "3 second and shooting space" rules.
7. Like basketball, there is a "charging foul" that
is assesed to an attacker who forces their way through a defender. A defender is entitled to space. The attacker must go around
a defender who has established a position.
8. Never give up. Even when an attacker gets around a defender, the defender must continue to put pressure on from behind.
9. Stop the ball. Stop the ball carrier.
Especially if the attacker is close to the goal, the defensive player needs to let the opponent they are guarding go, and
pick up the ball carrier.
TO PUT YOUR PLAYERS
Ask your players if they played soccer,
field hockey or some other sport. Ask what position they think they want to play. Some kids just feel more comfortable playing
offense or defense.
“Homes”. These kids are aggressive. They are the best passers. They also have good shooting skills. They
are the quickest off the mark. They can handle the ball when confronted. They are cool under pressure of a double team.
Midfielders. Attack Wings, Defense Wings and Center. These kids cover the majority of the field. They
must have endurance. They are substituted regularly, in "lines" or groups that are familiar
with each other. They run alot, so need to be substituted. They attack and cover defensively. They have good
catching and passing skills. They have excellent ground ball skills. They are aggressive, especially around the center circle
at the draw.
“Point, Cover Point and Third Man”.These are good athletes. They have to have quick footwork, and be mobile because they will be covering the opponents best shooters. They should be good at talking/communicating when they need to switch to cover attacker.
They need to stay between the attacker and the goal. Their objective is to push attackers away from the goal. NOT to risk
checking, and letting an attacker have a one on one with the goalie. Do
not make the mistake of putting less athletic players on defense (put them as attackers).
I ask every player to fill out a basic information sheet. Most important is cell numbers for parents;
should there be an injury. I also ask what goals they have….the standard answers are; to improve, to make friends,
to score x number of goals, etc. I think it is important to have them write their goals down. Then I discuss a goal that
I have. I try to make it a team goal that everyone on the team scores at least once. There is lots of scoring, so it’s
not as hard as it may seem. It encourages the defensive players to practice shooting. In a fast break transition, a defensive
player may run the length of the field, and if they are not picked up, should shoot. During a game, I yell, “green light,
go to goal”, to make sure they know I want them to take a shot. Also, making some attack players
play defense, does their ego good, and gives them an appreciation of the work the defense has to do. This is a team game;
every position is important to win.
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