Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!
If you are a men's or women's lacrosse player, coach, or parent, I think you will love the weekly content, videos, and analysis!
Inside The 8 Podcast with UNC Head Coach, Jenny Levy
I love doing 3v3's on a side. I think this environment is incredibly beneficial developmentally and equally effective in terms of X's and O's. 2man games are great and all, but they pale in comparison to 3man games. The complexity for the defense is exponentially greater in a 3man game, yet for the offense it's really not very difficult because you can't really be wrong. Just pick on ball, pick off ball and move the ball. One concept I teach is "Pick the Picker" or Spain, which is a basketball terminology. Spain looks in on and off ball situations are mental for the defense! Imagine you're on defense and your man is picking, so you say, "Pick right switch, get under, get over (depending on your defense)" and suddenly you're being picked, and someone is saying the same thing to you! Invariably, two players end up on one in Spain Looks! Check out the video below of a sweet Spain Look!
2v2 Keep Away One Year Ago Today
A year ago, the world was on lockdown, people were scared and paranoid, and families secluded themselves from everyone. In the Munro household during this time, everyday we played some lacrosse, but it wasn't about repping out wall ball or racking up shooting reps, it was about competition, fun, and play. This keep away game on April 3rd 2020 was both fun and challenging. We confined the space to inside the 3 point line of the basketball court, counted passes and played six rounds (each team was on offense six times). If you watch closely you will see a plethora of skills and concepts being used:
I am a huge believer in playing keep away games for fun and development. It is an amazing way to get warmed up and to create realistic environments to learn in! With teams I use uneven keep away games like 3v2 and 4v3 to get warmed up in man up situations where players can mess around with skills like dragging, hitching, faking, passing around sticks, manipulating off ball defenders etc. The all even keep away games, like the video above, are excellent for learning how to handle pressure, stick protection, getting open, seeing the field and feeding with a defender on you, on ball and off ball 2man game, redefining what is open and what is covered and much more. I use a little bit of Keep Away most everyday that I coach.
Colleen's Corner: Penn Charter's Zone Offense
If you've read this blog, you may know I have a fascination with deceptive shooting and in particular a shot called a Curveball also known as a Twister. NLL Black Wolves and PLL Cannons player Andrew Kew is a master of this shot and you can see how the goalie reacts to the deception. Similar to a Leaner, Kew is selling near side with his body and his step to the right pipe. Normally when players shoot Twisters, they are increasing nearside angle with their swing angle, a shot used regularly to finish around a goalie. However, a shot from farther away enables a goalie to recognize this swing angle and react to the nearside shot. Curveball is a shot that sells nearside with the body and stick, but is shot to the far side or 5 hole. The misdirection of the stick is very difficult for a goalie to read and will often times make a goalie take a step in the wrong direction.
The Underhand Curveball.... The Sickest Shot Ever?
This is an outrageous shot that does exactly what a Curveball does, but with an underhand, inside out swing with a twist of the stick upwards that allows the ball to slide right out against the grain of where the goalie thinks it's going! Watch the shot below! It's absolutely insane!
Optimal Activation for Peak Performance - By Mikey Thompson
Have a great weekend!