Drills & Games

The goals of the program for beginners are simple. All of the drills and games are meant to keep things flowing in practice, and to ensure that the kids are having fun while learning to play. Also, there is a tremendous amount of stick work with emphasis on multiple repetitions in all the practices.

Everything in the beginner-training program exists with the following goals in mind:

  1. Teach beginners to catch, throw, scoop and cradle adequately
  2. Teach beginners general team concepts such as staying spread out, creating passing lanes and moving the ball quickly
  3. Show beginners that lacrosse is a fun sport that becomes increasingly more fun as your fundamental skills improve

These goals were made simple to make sure that coaches do not get too far ahead of the players, and instead concentrate on what matters. Trying to set up plays or complicated drills is counterproductive. The concepts, drills, and games that are discussed in this section are the most important to beginning lacrosse players. If you stick to this game plan, your team will be successful because their fundamentals will be far superior to other beginner youth teams. You will also be building a solid foundation of skills for your players to improve upon. Lacrosse is a highly skilled and complicated game.

Keep things simple for beginners

Keep things simple for beginners so they do not become intimidated and they have fun going to play lacrosse every day. Encourage them to take what you teach in practice and work on these things at home. Help them realize that you have to keep your stick in your hand everyday if you want to become a good lacrosse player. Here are some examples of drills and games that are great for beginners and even intermediate players.

Some great tips to get you going:

Never Stand Still

When you have the ball, never stand still - keep moving all the time - if necessary run backwards and forwards - but keep moving. When you are ready to make a pass, take one step back quickly and move. If you are standing still, you're wrong.

Ride Hard

When you lose the ball, ride it. The close attack must ride and ride hard until the ball is past midfield.

Back Each Other Up

Always be in position to back up shots and feeds. When a cut is made, or a shot is taken, the whole attack must play a part, moving to be in a position to backup a pass or a shot. Control the ball!

Feed Passes

All feed passes must be thrown crsiply and accurately. If it's a bad pass, do your best and make a great catch to help your buddy out.

After the Clear

After the ball has been cleared, if you have a wide open opportunity to dodge, do it. If you are sure a man is open, pass to him, otherwise settle the ball down and let your attack get set up. Remember, after a clear the midfielders will need time to catch their breath. Middies rest on offense, not defense, Control The Ball!

Circle Away From Pressure

Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defenseman.

Move to Meet the Pass

Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defenseman.

Don’t Force it

Never try to force in, with the ball or by a pass, if the defense is drawn in. Pull them out first.

Fake Passes

When you have the ball, be constantly faking passes - keep your defense man's stick moving. Go ahead, throw that sky-whammy.

Move the Ball

Don't dodge if there is an open man. Don't hold the ball long unless you are planning a dodge. Keep it moving with quick, short passes.

Crease Play

On every screen shot the crease man should check-up on the defense man's stick, and immediately face the goalie, so that he is ready to bat in a rebound.

Try Some Dodges

Every man on the attack should try at least two dodges every game. Learn at least three different types of dodges.

Make Good Passes

Take pains to make every pass a good pass.

Outside Shooting

On all long shots, a man must be on the crease.

Keep Proper Spacing

Never stand so close together that one defense can cover two offense.

Balance the Field

Always keep your field balanced in order that you stay in better position to back up, and give your teammates space to work in.

Don’t Rush at Him

Don't rush at a man when riding - particularly behind the goal. Force him to pass - force him in the direction where there is help. Talk all the time and run hard. The success of an attack depends on their riding ability and their desire to have the ball.

Make Him Play You

Make your defenseman play you and you alone every second you are in the game. Keep moving all the time so that he must center his attention on you an not be in position to help out his fellow defensemen.

Loose Ball on the Ground

When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it fast and hard, you must have the ball!

Time Your Cuts

Time your cuts, don't cut if the man with the ball is not watching or not in position to pass.