A Lacrosse Weekend 1.21.23

Uncategorized Jan 21, 2023

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.

Lacrosse, A Passing Game

One of the trademarks of a good player or a good team is their ability and propensity to move the ball.  To be a great player one must be a great passer.  Being a great passer doesn't just mean being a great feeder, it also means knowing when to move the ball on to the next player for the sake of team offense.  Ball movement is critical to great team offense:

  • spreads the defense out
  • creates difficult approaches
  • Creates new roles and responsibilities
  • Allows the offense to capitalize on advantages
  • Assisted shots score at a higher rate than unassisted shots

 One of the biggest struggles most coaches will have when trying to get their team to be a great passing team is the pockets their players use are not conducive to passing.  Most players prefer a pocket that allows them to retain the ball rather than pass the ball: a low pockets, big bags and or a lot of "whip" in their stick.  These pockets allow a player to take a check and not be stripped and shoot (a little) harder, but the trade off is that they can't pass or shoot with accuracy or quick release.  Kids are literally trading points for ball security!  The fact is most kids wouldn't get stripped with a quick release pocket.  Further, if kids got out the radar guy, they would find only a couple miles per hour increase with their big whip stick, whereas there is an immediately noticeable improvement with accuracy and quick release when they tighten up their pockets! 

Creating a Passing Culture

One of the most important things a coach can do is create a great passing culture through the emphasis on being a great passing team and the drills you run.  This video from a webinar I created a few years ago called  "Four Coaching Secrets For a Great Season" explains how a coach can create a "Passing Culture" 

  • Passing and catching on the run at speed
  • Crank Passing
  • One Cradle
  • Claremont Rules
  • "One More"
  • Emphasize Hockey Assists
  • Ground Ball Offense


 A Breakdown of Every Pass Imaginable!

This video from the JM3 YouTube Channel breaks down all the passes every player needs in their repertoire!! 




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 Dodge and Dump To X with Inside Hand

I caught the end of the 3rd quarter and 4th quarter of a USA vs Canada "Friendly" (a couple years ago) and although it wasn't a high scoring affair, it was fun to watch!  The US prevailed in the end, but the young Canadian squad made up of mostly college kids competed at a remarkable level.  Impressive was their patience and game management.  The Canucks knew they had to slow the ball down (and international rules allow this) and they had the disciple to this, but they also had the skill to withstand pressure from some of the best defensemen and athletes in the world.

The Canadians didn't "Run by their man" as most coaches would say, but they were able to generate offense through one of a few ways: 2man game, re-dodging, posting up, and waiting for a US defender to try to take it away.

Watch this clip of how Jeff Teat beats his man 1v1 with a series of moves.  This is a perfect example of manipulating and controlling both his defender and the slide.  Teat operates in his Double Threat posture, staying as close as possible to his man without allowing him to cross check, his "Open up" to a feeding posture both serves as a hesitation move with an underneath angle and a means to get the slider back to his man.

The pass to X is a never taught, counterintuitive, but incredibly effective technique.  Check out this tweet from Joe Keegan of the PLL media team.  Joe knows I believe a pass to X with the inside hand opens up more opportunities than a pass to X with the outside hand because it causes defenders to commit to the slide longer.  Watch the video and look how Teat generates full commitment from three players on this dodge and dump!

Here's another example of a player utilizing this technique.  One of the keys is of course to be able to get a good step on your defender that you can turn the corner and get the stick to your inside hand.  When a player is on his natural side, he can usually either roll back topside or get underneath to his strong hand as it's hard for a defender to take away both.  

Also, notice that this player uses the Slide Dodge Technique, which allows a dodger to crowd his defender, reduce the defender's cushion, and more easily turn the corner.  This is one of the reasons I love the Slide Dodge


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 An Interesting Catch-22 in Leadership,

By Mikey Thompson, Head Coach Christopher Newport University

My favorite podcast right now is called Finding Mastery with host and high-performance psychologist, Michael Gervais. "Finding Mastery explores how the best in the world master their craft." I first discovered Dr. Gervais through his work with the Seattle Seahawks. He is brilliant and explains how the mind works in a clear and practical way.
The latest guest on Finding Mastery was lacrosse's very own, Paul Rabil. The entire conversation is well worth a listen, but there was one topic in particular that I know all coaches spend a lot of time thinking about: 
Question: As a coach, how do we frame losing a game to our team? What is the appropriate message? 
There are two ends of the spectrum when attempting to answer this question, and in the words of legendary coach, Dom Starsia, "the truth probably lies somewhere closer to the middle."       
Option 1: Feel this pain as deeply as you can. Remember what it feels like and work as hard as you can so that it never happens again.  
Option 2: Learn from it but let it go as quickly as possible. Immediately refocus on what's next and what is important in this moment moving forward. It's going to be ok.  
Both of these options can be effective. Tony Robbins has a quote that says: Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.” But we can also see the value of being able to let go of losses quickly, learn from them, and move forward with confidence. Wins and Lessons, not Wins and Losses.
The system we have had in place for years now at CNU is called "Truth Day". Every Monday after a Saturday game we meet to discuss the game goals that we hit, those that we missed, and what "Needs Immediate Attention". We use the stats and the film as the truth and try and approach the meeting in a practical non-judgmental way. After that meeting, it is done. We are immediately on to What's Next.
"Get to the TRUTH! What was the truth of what took place so that we are clear and have an agreement of what happened. We can all be connected and move forward. All you can do is learn from it. No matter what- that has nothing to do with what’s coming up… unless we allow it to!" -Pete Carroll
I am not claiming that this system is perfect- which is why I am writing on this topic! Check out the link below that is timestamped to this part of their discussion. Enjoy!



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Have a great weekend!



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