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Time & Room Shooting
Is one of the most important skills for any offensive player to master. Here are the key attributes:
Please watch this video from the JM3 YouTube Channel for a comprehensive breakdown of the shots you will want to learn to enhance your time and room shooting!
Accuracy: the ability to hit a spot is often times what separates great shooters from everyone else. The kind of pocket you play with can often times impact your accuracy. There are very few players with good enough hands to be super accurate with a big whip. This is why you will see so many of the best box players in the world, like Mark Matthews or Randy Staats who play with no whip.
I coached Staats and Mathews in the summer of 2017 with the Atlanta Blaze and one day while they were having a catch, I asked could try Randy's stick and I almost sailed it over Mark's head on the first pass his stick threw so high!
No whip + small pocket = Accuracy (and quick release)
Quickness: a quick release through the "Push / Pull" action of a wrist shot is arguably the most important element of shooting. Most right handed players can shoot better on the run lefty because they can out "quick" the goalie with their bottom hand yank.
The ability to get a shot off quickly is a big part of the equation. An efficient catch, crow hop and release will be a must in certain situations. While you must be able to release quickly, some coaches over emphasize this as if one must always release quickly. If you watch Canadian box players, when they have time and room they use Multiple Hitches and pumps to find their screen and to move the goalie.
A shallow pocket will also help with a quick release.
Another way to increase your quickness of release is to choke up on your stick with your bottom hand. Anytime I'm shooting and I'm having a hard time scoring on a quick goalie, I choke up on my stick a little more. Try it!
Deception: As the great Darris Kilgour says, "Every time you shoot you are telling a story to the goalie." This is true whether you know it, whether the goalie knows it. Goalies are reading your body language every time!The problem most American shooters have is they shoot on empty nets constantly whereas Canadian Shooters shoot on goalies! When you practice shooting on an empty net, you are likely picking your corner, shooting it, and then admiring when it goes in the corner. This is practicing "Telegraphing" your shot.
There are two types of deception:
The Where: for example fooling the goalie into thinking you're shooing high when you're shooting low. There are many ways to do this that we will cover.
The When: a release so the goalie can't tell when it's coming, either a little quicker or earlier or a pause later than they expect.
Some great examples of deceptive shots:
Will Manny's signature shot is his low to low, chest up, handcuffing shot called an Anti-Leaner. This is a great angle of a thing of beauty!
The Low High Wind up is a shot that most every Canadian and Native box lacrosse player shoots as their go to time and room shot! It's a must for every field player! Starting with a low cradle or low pump fake, as the shooter lifts their hands, they can lift the goalie and delay the release of the shot.
Randy Staats has the nastiest Leaner you'll ever see! If you ever threw with his stick you would know why! He plays with no whip! His stick throws as accurate and true as you could ever want a stick to throw and is built for leaners!
Girls shoot Low-High Wind ups and this is a perfect Leaner on an 8 Meter free shot! Watch the goalie's stick!
Austin Staats is a master of the Pump and Lift or the Powless Pump, which I named after a player named Johnnie Powless who shot this shot all the time!
Here's a great leaner. Watch the goalie drop!
Sick Leaner on an 8m Free Position!
Anti Leaner: when you shoot low to low and aggressively lift your chest up as you release it holds the goalie up! Watch how handcuffed this goalie gets!
How To Increase Your Shooting PowerPower: this is pretty simple, the harder your shoot the more range you will have and at a certain level of power, goalies can't catch up to it.
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No Ball Shooting
Check out this video on an incredible way to learn how to shoot deceptively: No ball shooting! If you ever shoot on a goalie with no ball they may say, "I saved it" but then you would say, "how did you know where I was shooting?" While this idea sounds crazy, it actually works because it takes scoring out of the equation. The entire idea is to deceive the goalie and it works!
How to practice deceptive shooting
Using a small net and tennis ball allows players to begin to get a feel for different releases, different hitches, swing angles, all kinds of ways to of being deceptive. 6x6 nets are just too big and deception on closer shots with no context just isn't necessary whereas with a smaller net shooters are more challenged and will learn these amazing techniques.
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