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Competitive Practice Drills to Sharpen Player Execution

with Tina Mattera,
Tufts University Head Coach;
2012 NCAA Division III National Champions;
2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Coach of the Year;
2016 NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year;
5x Final Four appearances; 8x NCAA Tournament appearances;
2x New England Small College Athletic Conference champions ('09, '16);
2x NESCAC Coach of the Year ('08, '09);
over 200 career wins

In this video, Coach Mattera breaks down many of the drills she uses at her practices that ensure her players perform at their best on game day. You'll be introduced to numerous competitive exercises that pit teammates against one another with the end goal of maximum skill growth.

Starting Off Practice

Mattera kicks things off by showcasing her Air Dribble and Yard Stick Pull drills that build stick handling feel. Next, she dives into an exercise that works on transferring balls in the backfield, which she often uses in the practice immediately before a game day. The reps you'll see are designed for Mattera's 3-2-3-2 system, but can be adapted to fit the scheme of your own program.

Competitive Games

The 2v1 Bang Bang drill is a continuous, physical drill that Mattera first diagrams on the whiteboard prior to moving to the field. The goal of the drill is to see how quickly players can move the ball, how quickly offensive players can get the defender caught wrong-footed, and how quickly the offense can get off a clean shot on the keeper.

Coach Mattera continues by showing her 4v2 Transfer Drill. This is a great disadvantage drill to train the defense to communicate with one another while they're outnumbered. Additionally, defenders will learn to play with the mindset of shifting to keep the offense contained to one side of the field.

Additional drills shown include:

  • 4v2 Continuous - A great early-season drill in which Mattera likes to pit different groups of players (forwards, mids, defenders, starters vs. subs, left side vs. right side, etc.) against each other to observe various player combinations.
  • BC Drill - A fast-paced 4v3 into 1v1 drill that incorporates a hidden conditioning component.
  • 5v5 with Box in Middle - Another fast-paced exercise that splits players into teams and trains athletes to make good decisions in a short amount of time.

All coaches will appreciate Coach Mattera's approach to practice. Her drills are fast-paced, always have a competitive goal in mind, and work multiple skills at once. If you're seeking better execution from your own team, this video is a fantastic choice!

87 minutes. 2020.

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Stick Skill Progressions & Competitive Training for Game Situations

with Michael Warari,
Vassar College Head Coach;
recorded Vassar College record 18 wins in 2018;
2018 Liberty League Champions;
2018 NCAA Tournament appearance;
2013 Liberty League Coach of the Year;
former assistant at Messiah College under Jan Trapp (all-time wins leader in Division III)

Michael Warari has put together a jam-packed video full of ideas to improve the stick skills and game readiness of your players. Within this video, you'll come across innovative exercises to encourage getting low and playing with speed/explosiveness when handling the ball, methods to grow wrist strength and boost player confidence playing with either "lead" hand, drills for working together as a defensive unit, and ways to improve communication among teammates.


Coach Warari runs through three sets of stick skill progressions: On The Line (OTL), 45, and Relays. The outcome of each series is aimed to improve the 5 meter skills of every athlete on your roster. Goals for Warari's progressions include staying low, getting sticks on-ball, playing with speed, and having fun.

You'll see Warari diagram the components of each progression on a whiteboard before moving to the field for a full demonstration. Prior to each rep, Coach Warari reinforces the goals to his team so they will maintain a mindset that breeds maximum improvement.

Competitive Drills

Two main drills are covered by Warari that will prepare your team for a variety of situations you'll see during games. The first is Pressure Cover, which is primarily a defensive drill. In the drill, your players will block the lines to the goal and put pressure on the offensive player that possesses the ball. Coach Warari's primary emphasis is the "Big C"- communication. Additionally, he instructs his team to protect the center of the field to avoid giving up a big shot. Finally, individual players must know how to manage their mark and space, which means knowing the personnel on the field and recognizing when to intercept or delay.

The second drill presented by Warari is 3v2 Continuous. He prefers to extend the field from a traditional 3v2 Continuous space in order to incorporate transition scenarios. You'll learn how to split your players into two teams for the drill as well as how to prep for quick restarts so your team doesn't waste any valuable practice time.

The topics covered by Coach Warari in this video can be applied to lacrosse teams at any level, making it a great choice for beginner or experienced coaches. This video will help you improve your teams' stick skills and game execution today!

71 minutes. 2020.

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Fundamentals of Defense: Basic Principles of 1v1, 2v1, and 3v2 Defense

with Leslie LaFronz,
Kean University Head Coach;
2016 and 2017 NJAC Coach of the Year;
19 regular season wings, top seed in the NJAC Tournament and first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament in 2017

In this video, Kean University head coach Leslie LaFronz provides the framework to address the key defensive tactics and strategies that have the greatest impact on game outcomes. This includes helping players recognize various defensive situations (1v1, 2v1, or 3v2), understand how their location on the field impacts their defensive approach, and recognize tough defensive situations and the specific actions required to get the ball out of high percentage scoring zones.

Defensive Drill Progressions

In the 1v1 and 2v1 drills, LaFronz shows how to teach players to become stronger defenders by:

  • Slowing down the attack through smart positioning and patience
  • Gaining an advantage by turning a 2v1 into a 1v1
  • Improving jab tackles through the use of proper defensive grip and an athletic stance
  • Forcing the ball to the defender's strong side and using correct block tackle technique to increase turnovers

In 3v2 drills, LaFronz shows how defenders can work in tandem to get the advantage in critical "numbers down" situations within the defensive circle. You'll learn how to stress accountability and quick decision-making to slow down the attack as one defender steps up to apply hard pressure on the ball and one defender provides cover. Additionally, LaFronz shows how to improve continuity of defensive pressure with clear communication when facing quickly-changing points of attack.

High pressure situations must be controlled by your team by working together to force the ball to the defender's stick side to increase opportunities for quality tackles and pass interceptions. LaFronz covers this crucial skill, as well as how to be more successful in forcing the ball to outside zones (away from goal) by teaching players to be disciplined in maintaining balanced defensive positioning.

Coach LaFronz provides several helpful defensive positioning illustrations as well as diagrams of zones within the defensive circle and scoring gate areas that can be used during practice sessions. This video shows the full set of defensive progression drills in action with Kean University players, including LaFronz's direct feedback to players. After watching this video, you will understand when to pressure the ball, when/where to force the ball, and the correct approach to block tackling.

65 minutes. 2018.

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Goalkeeping Progressions for the Modern Day Goalkeeper

with Maureen Ordnung,
Ithaca College Assistant Coach;
2015 Empire 8 Conference Coaching Staff of the Year;
2x All Conference Goalkeeper at East Stroudsburg University

As field hockey continues to evolve, the challenges keepers face keep getting harder and harder. The strikers are faster, more aggressive, and hit harder than ever before. All this means less time for keepers to react. In this video, Maureen Ordnung shows how to equip your keeper with the physical and mental skills needed to face those challenges bravely and react intelligently.

The Theory of Keeping

Many people think keeping is simple - see the ball, stop the ball. But any keeper will tell you that's not true. Keeping is a specialized role, and one that many coaches who come from the field just don't feel equipped to coach well. As a result, their teams 'leak' too many goals and their keepers feel left out of practices that don't meet their needs.

Coach Ordnung shows how to break this cycle and teach keepers:

  • Footwork patterns for maximum efficiency in the circle.
  • To position themselves properly to find the line of the shot and then apply pressure on the shooter.
  • To identify space for safe clearances.

Using All the Tools

Ordnung shows you how to save and clear shots with kickers, pads, gloves, and sticks, and, as importantly, when to use each piece of equipment. No longer will your keeper be unsure if they should (or could) use their feet to make a save. No longer will your keeper lunge with their kicker when they should dive. Your keepers will have the confidence to pick off a flick into the corner with their stick instead of flailing with their glove.

The Importance of Aggression for a Keeper

Learn how to train your keepers to stay aggressive and communicate effectively. Ordnung presents a two-keeper, two-player drill designed to make strikers fear your keeper. This drill gets a keeper out of their cage to put pressure on ball carriers. In this beautifully simple drill, all the skills Ordnung emphasizes in the video are brought to life in a fun and challenging situation. Keepers and players will love it - and learn at the same time.

You'll also see Ordnung give practical advice on various coaching aids and how to use them. She demonstrates how to use paper plates, cones, and marker dots as visual cues to help your keepers learn proper positioning and shows how to use string to teach the concept of angles.

In clear and direct terms, Coach Ordnung gives you everything you need to increase the skill and confidence of your keepers and improve results immediately!

65 minutes. 2017.

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Goalkeeping with Balance
with Joppe de Vries,
University of Maryland Assistant Coach/Technical Director;
former Goalkeeper Coach for South Africa's Senior Men's and Women's National Teams; has Coached all levels in the Netherlands

Goalies who are able to defend the second shots are an asset at any level of play. The ability to be set and ready for subsequent shots and use the glove and the stick is a skill necessary for success. Using a progression of clearing drills, Joppe de Vries takes you through how to make sure your goalie is set, balanced and ready to make not only the initial save, but then make a second and third save as well.

Learn how to teach your goalie to grip their stick to prevent any deflections into their own goal and how to make a reverse stick stop. Along with positioning and proper grip, you will learn more advanced skills such as a one-legged stack and how to prevent goals from being scored in the most dangerous part of the circle. Last but not least, you'll learn creative drills to help your goalie focus on the ball in a crowed circle and how to prepare to make saves on multiple shot attempts on the ground and in the air.

Ready Position

Knowing where to stand in the goal varies from goalie to goalie due to their size. Coach de Vries discusses the goalie ready position and how to grip the stick. You'll learn how to determine where your goalie should stand to make the best saves, how to be set for different angled shots, and how to position your goalie to stay balanced so they are ready for anything. Coach de Vries gives detailed examples of correct and incorrect form so you can see how the differences can impact play.

Footwork and Glove Saves

Coach de Vries shows you multiple drills to get your goalie's feet ready to take on different shots. He also discusses the appropriate way to make gloves saves. The difference in footwork when goalies are clearing, especially near the mouth of the goal, is additionally covered.

With his progressive drill segment, Coach De Vries demonstrates how to make a basic clear with the kick, then progresses to a kick save and stick save, ending with a foot, stick and glove save.

Coach de Vries shares a multitude of training tools to help your goalie react to unknown situations. You'll learn how to have your goalie react to aerial shots, bouncing shots, flat shot and much more. With fun and innovative drills and exercises, you will have a variety of tools to keep your goalie working on the fundamentals.

"Most of the Goalie training videos I have seen don't make it simple and straightforward. (Joppe De Vries) makes coaching a goalie seem less intimidating. His use of basic concepts as a starting point makes this a must have for any coach." - Customer Review

34 minutes. 2016.

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