A Lacrosse Weekend 12.3.22

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2022

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

Colleen Magarity and I had a great conversation to start a new season of the Inside The 8 Podcasts!  We are excited to host as many amazing guests on the show as possible as we approach lacrosse season!  This podcast is fun conversation about Colleen's journey as a coach and how she is constantly learning and evolving.

Big news!!!!!  Colleen is a new mom and we kick off the conversation talking about baby Gavin! 

Another exciting update is that Colleen is joining JM3 Sports both to work with JM3 Athletes as well as to work with coaches in the Women's Lacrosse Coaches Training Program.  Colleen will help create and curate content, host the Virtual Lacrosse Summit, conduct office hours with WCTP subscribers as well as do consulting with coaches on zoom calls.

We spent a lot of time talking about the Principles Based Offense and how Colleen has been integrating these concepts into her high school and club team, why 2man game has higher offensive efficiencies than 1v1 dodging, as well as detail on the 7 principles:

  1. Possession: Shot selection, feed selection,  handling pressure
  2. Passing: assisted shots score at a higher percentage than unassisted shots, the value of ball movement, swinging the ball and capitalizing on advantages
  3. Picking: simultaneous actions scale potential advantages while occupying players
  4. Creativity: the key to fueling advantages through unpredictability, deception, and finding new solutions
  5. Communication: the glue
  6. Spacing: keeping the middle open, 2man / 3man spacing, and setting up cuts and dodges to the middle
  7. Coverage Solutions: reading the defense and creating advantages allows the offense to punish the defense no matter the coverage.

 Colleen has an extensive basketball background and we talk a lot about how that influence has helped her integrate these concepts into her offense.

As a 3x national champion and an All-American defender at Northwestern, Colleen is passionate about defense and shares with us her philosophies on defense in both club lacrosse and high school lacrosse.

Finally, we finish up with a chat about college lacrosse recruiting and what 24's, 25's, and 26's should be focusing on over the next 6 months!

Click here to listen to the Inside The 8 Podcast!

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The Power Of Pop outs

I created this video for the JM3 Attack / Midfield Academy four years ago and recently went back and rewatched!  Every player and coach of men's and women's lacrosse should check it out!  The Pop Out Move is unquestionably one of the most important and under utilized concepts in the game.  Think about it: a pop out is a move away from the net which not only creates separation, but forces your man into an approach!  And we know, approaches are the toughest aspect of 1v1 defense!  Obviously, in order for this move to be consistently effective, the dodger must be in shooting or feeding range where ball pressure is critical, but this move can be used any where on the field including in the clearing game when under pressure.  Pop outs can be done with either footwork or physicality, are greatly accentuated with the addition of fakes and hitches, and create new angles to attack when your man seems to have you locked up.  Below is a list of the moves discussed in this video:

  • Z Dodges
  • Belly Out
  • Questionmark
  • Fade shot
  • Step Back
  • Re-dodges: MJ Move, Open up re-dodge, 
  • DBR = Dodge, bounce, re-dodge
  • Staircase dodging
  • Trip Move: this is one of the applications of pop outs that is very rare, but insanely effective


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We are in the process of ramping up the content on our JM3 YouTube Channel with videos, webinars, breakdowns, training clips, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse, podcasts and more!  Over the past five years, I have produced endless instructional lacrosse content and now I'm going into the JM3 archives and sharing some of my all time favorite stuff!  Hopefully this will give you a thirst for more!  Please note that the YouTube content is the tip of the iceberg.  I literally have 15,000 videos on my Vimeo and am creating new ideas, new drills, new games, and advancing new concepts on a weekly basis.  Please subscribe to the channel and if you want more, become a subscriber to the CTP!


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Fast Break Defense

I can't tell you how many times I watch HS lacrosse films and the close defensemen don't play smart fast break defense.  The video below is a simple and important breakdown for every youth or high school defender to learn how to play fast break defense.  The fact is, sloppy or unsound fast break defense results in easy goals.  In this video you will learn the details of all three sport in fast break defense, how to get a trailing midfielder in to help, as well as a fun yet effective wrinkle in your fast break defense!

  • Playing The Point
  • Low Right
  • Low left
  • Getting a midfielder to the point
  • Reverse break 

To be clear, not playing sound fast break defense, for example not being set, picking up the ball too far out, sliding up field, not recognizing the personnel coming down the field or not communicating with your midfielders is inexcusable.  

One time I asked Notre Dame Head Coach Kevin Corrigan, "How can you tell if a player isn't a smart player or if he's just been coached poorly?"

Coach Corrigan replied, "It's a distinction without a difference."

Whether you're a coach or a player, trying to win games or get recruited, the concepts in fast break defense of slow playing the ball, buying time, trying not to give up easy shots, and playing together are critical.  



The Most Important Skill

The most important skill to develop is the love of the game. All the rest will flow from there. There are a few things that have gone into this belief that I will share... but first, let's define skill: 
On the field, the skill equation looks like this: Skill = Technique + Decision.
Another definition of skill from the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, "The ability to use one's knowledge effectively and readily in execution or performance." 
So if love of the game is something that can be developed like any other skill, what might that look like? 
In the case of developing a love of the game, your technique could be seen as your daily habits and your decisions could be... well... your decisions! How consistently can I decide to do the things I know need to be done to develop my game and my love of the game? 
On the field, skill emerges when we perceive a situation, decide a course of action, and execute. To develop a love of the game we need to remain connected to why we love it and do the work required to keep that flame burning.    
Developing a love of the game is like developing any other skill. You need to be intentional about how you continue to stoke that fire and progress. There will always be those days that you don't feel like showing up as your best self, or maybe even at all. What then? Maybe we can ask ourself why we play in the first place?
-Maybe you just love being a part of a team. 
-Maybe it's the thought of rushing the field as a National Champion. 
-It could be the flow experience that nothing else matters when you're playing.
The list goes on and each persons why is unique to him. 
But showing up and putting in the work is ultimately what leads to more enjoyment and fulmillment. John Maxwell has a great quote, “you can act your way into feeling long before you can feel your way into action." 
From Johns Hopkins Coach, Tim McCormack on the Phi-Lacrosse-Ophy podcast, "If you're getting better you're actually going to have more fun. Why did we all start playing this game to begin with? The bottom line is you picked up a stick and you couldn't do anything with it. And then you learned how to cradle. And then you figured out you could throw it off the wall and that lent itself to behind-the-backs and backhands and all the creative stuff that we love to do in the game. But there was constant steady progress throughout the course of that time. So they are tied together- progress and fun."  
As coaches, our job is to develop the skills that we think are most important to winning games. We play a HUGE role in the way we develop a love of the game in our athletes. Things like making practice the best part of the day, competitive drills where you keep score, publicly acknowledging players who are making progress, and making relationships the number one priority are just a few examples of how we can move the needle. We might be able to get short-term benefits from overworking our players, but we are more likely to build sustained success when our players love the game so much that they always want more. 
The Practicing Mind by Thomas Sterner was one of my first introductions to mindfulness and eastern philosophies on work and play. "Most of us find that we are very good at practicing properly during recreational activities. We perform these activities with all our attention in the present and on what we are doing. What is the difference then between work activities and recreational activities? Why do we find it so much easier to focus on something we consider play than on something we consider work? If we can find answers to these questions they could help us advance our efforts toward operating in a present-minded state all the time." Sterner goes on to talk about how our prejudgment of work vs play activities is usually what causes the distinction. 
If we perceive what we are doing as work we are more likely to be mentally distracted and think of a future moment when we are doing something we enjoy. If we perceive something as play we are grounded in the present moment which is where high performance and joy live. If we prioritize developing a love of the game in our players, the skills that will emerge downstream are far more than we could imagine developing during the 2-4 pm practice window.  
Mikey Thompson
Head Men's Lacrosse Coach
Christopher Newport University
Cell: (804) 651.6338
Work: (757) 594.7849

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Have a great weekend!






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