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Attacking the Offensive Ground Ball

with Dan Keating,
St. Joseph's University Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator;
Back-to-Back undefeated conference regular season marks (2014-15);
Offense led Northeast Conference in scoring and man-up production in 2015;
Produced back-to-back NEC offensive players of the year (2014-15)

Dan Keating is helping to turn the St. Joseph's men's lacrosse team into a Northeast Conference power. In 2015, St. Joseph's ranked 12th in the nation in scoring margin and man-up offense, and 24th in scoring offense - which also led the Northeast Conference in all three categories.

Ground balls have become a prominent scoring option for many teams at all levels. In this video, Dan Keating provides his philosophy and teaching of techniques to kick start offense off a ground ball.

Using a progression of practice drills, Keating demonstrates 10 drills that build up ground ball play from individual to group and team drills. He provides in-depth commentary and whiteboard illustrations to show how your whole team can operate with ground ball play, and also reinforces techniques such as scooping and spacing off ball.

Use unsettled situations in the offensive end to your advantage!

It can be difficult to score 6v6 in the offensive end. Coach Keating discusses how to use routine ground ball situations to attack an unsettled defense, and turn these situations into scoring opportunities. These ground ball principles can be used anywhere on the field to not only increase offensive opportunities, but to enhance transition play as well.

Ground ball principles to reinforce your offensive principles!

Coach Keating shows how to build an offensive culture of attacking ground balls with the intention of creating scoring opportunities. He starts with the importance of running through a ground ball, then providing the ball with an outlet to the right and left of the ball carrier in order to move the ball quickly off the ground. From there, Keating discusses the importance of moving the ball to the backside of an unsettled defense to promote scoring opportunities. Providing outlets, moving the ball two passes, and attacking the backside are not only important in ground ball play, but in general offensive play as well.

Create an attacking mentality when the ball is on the ground!

Keating uses seven drills as he progresses from practicing picking up a ground ball, to providing outlets and using ball movement, to how to use a ground ball to move directly into your offensive scheme.

The "3 Second" drill progression promotes not only providing outlets to the ball on a ground ball, but moving the ball quickly. Each group has three seconds to pick up the ball and quickly move it to attack the backside of the defense. Coach Keating adds layers to the drill to create a comprehensive offensive attack off of a ground ball.

Practice progresses into a full 6-on-6 segment where the entire team offense works on ground ball offense and where to be in each situation.

Coach Keating gives you everything you need to know in order to create a culture of attacking ground balls and turning them into offensive advantages!

51 minutes. 2018.

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Inside Duke Lacrosse: John Danowski's Practice Session

with John Danowski,
Duke University Head Coach;
3x NCAA champions, including back-to-back seasons (2013-14);
2x NCAA Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year;
seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles; over 375 wins

Every coach wants to have players that are masters of fundamentals and can perform at a consistently high level. Take this opportunity to go behind the scenes with a top D-I program and get unique insight into how John Danowski designs and delivers his practices to prepare his team to play fast, throw hard, scrap, and play with confidence.

Coach Danowski walks through each phase of practice: warmups and stickwork, individual drills, small group, half-field, full-field, and end-of-practice drills. You'll see him run his team through two days of practice, covering a variety of fun drills within an organized structure that any coach can emulate.

Beginning with pre-practice drills on day 1, Coach Danowski presents 22 drills over the course of the two practices. From individual drills to unique variations of full-field 10v10, he demonstrates how a structured, organized practice can be fun, engaging, and promote the development of your players.

Practice Drills

Many of Danowski's drills incorporate multiple balls, keeping the action and pace at high levels throughout. You'll watch two early-season practices that focus on one or two major principles in each practice. Skills covered include:

  • Shooting Drills - Positional work to help offensive players attack the cage and master finishing.
  • Ground Balls - Learn to attack loose balls as a team and gain more possessions.
  • Spacing & Exchanging - Develop essential passing and catching skills to maintain possession.
  • 1-on-1 Play - Teaches players to put themselves into position to score.
  • Teammate Play - Improve communication and off-ball movement on offense and defense.
  • Team Play - Shows full-field and half field situations and drills to help with clearing, riding, and transition.

Coach Danowski demonstrates position work that prepares each athlete mentally and physically, followed by dynamic warm-ups and stick work. Throughout practice, Danowski describes not only the drills themselves, but the thinking and rationale behind them. He provides advice on how to handle player discipline and reinforce fundamentals, such as turning to the outside and scooping a ball with two hands. His thoughtful tips will help you understand the keys to success behind each drill.

Day One Practice

Operating within the same basic structure each day, Danowski runs his team through a variety of drills that start by slowly getting players ready for the rigor of the full practice. In the pre-practice phase where fundamentals are emphasized, the team breaks up into smaller groups and works different skills at an easy pace. From there, the entire group stretches while the goalies take shots. Ball handling and shooting drills follow, with more emphasis on the fundamentals. The entire team then takes part in a ground ball drill before breaking up into individual groups based on position. Here, the attackmen run through a variety of moves and finishes unique to their position.

Alternating between full-field and half-field drills, Danowski demonstrates how the team is able to work on essential skills at game speed while also slowing things down to teach concepts in a skeleton. In a bookend to the pre-practice drills, Danowski runs his team through a series of fun post-practice drills, giving his offensive players an opportunity to take even more shots on goal.

Day Two Practice

With a practice structure that has led to three national championships, there's no need to change the format on the second day. After a pre-practice and warmup period, Duke's attackmen are back in individual drills, running a variety of exercises that are a variation of the drills they ran the day prior.

From there, Danowski jumps into a 3v3 dr

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Developing an Offense to Beat a Man-to-Man Defense

with Brooke Eubanks,
University of California-Berkeley Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
former Stanford University Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach;
3x member of the Canadian National Team; scored 12 goals for the 3rd place 2009 World Cup Tournament team

As most coaches know, if you can't score you can't win games, and if you don't have players that are confident with the ball in their sticks in the 8/crease then you don't have confident shooters. Additionally, if you have an offense that is stagnant and not free flowing/thinking then it will be easy to defend.

Brook Eubanks uses a white board to diagram the various aspects of her offense, which helps to clarify points brought up on the field in practice. She breaks down the offense by starting small and building to full field play. She offers up pointers on her offensive philosophy and how to introduce a new offense to your team.

You'll see seven drills in this video. The drills start small, with stick work in specific areas of the offensive end, and progressively build into live 7v7 play.

Developing the Offense - A Philosophy

Coach Eubanks breaks down offensive movement training in stages: stick work, through 2v2 on half, 3v3 behind, and finally to live 7v7. Once the players have gained confidence with their sticks and with where they are supposed to be on the field, then the addition of defense is not as big of a deal.

Eubanks does a great job in practice sessions of reinforcing proper technique and form. During the flow of the drill, Coach Eubanks does a great job of speaking to what could be the natural progression of the drill, such as changing it from a continuous drill to a shooting drill.

Stickwork on the Offensive End

On the offensive end, players need to be able to handle the ball in tight spaces and have a general idea of movement in order to have a successful offense. By breaking things down into segments of the field (behind, right side of the 8, left side of the 8), Eubanks creates a fertile, easy to grasp learning environment. She shows natural progression of the offense, which helps players learn to recognize game-like situation opportunities and learn sound decision -making skills (like drive or pass to an open teammate).

2 v 2 - Half the 8 Meter / 3 v 3 behind

By breaking things down onto half the meter and behind, and incorporating defense, Eubanks' drill makes it more game-like and causes players to start thinking 'outside the box' and make decisions for themselves. It also allows players to see things in a smaller space, which is sometimes easier for the players to learn.

Coach Eubanks does a great job of creating a practice environment to allow skill reinforcement, situation training and 'lacrosse IQ' development so your players will be game-ready the next time they face man defense!

70 minutes. 2018.

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Developing an Offense to Beat a Zone Defense

with Brooke Eubanks,
University of California-Berkeley Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
former Stanford University Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach;
3x member of the Canadian National Team; scored 12 goals for the 3rd place 2009 World Cup Tournament team

Through a series of four drills, learn to implement an offensive motion concept that is successful against a zone defense. Utilizing a whiteboard and on-field sessions, Brooke Eubanks shows you how to progressively teach the stickwork, movement, and spacing fundamentals to make your team more effective in finding and utilizing the open spaces a zone defense can concede.

Eubanks breaks down offensive movement training in stages, stickwork, through 2v2 on half, 3v3 behind, and finally to live 7v7 with and without defenders.

Stickwork and Movement

One of the keys to breaking a zone defense is effective, efficient, and purposeful ball movement. Concepts covered include:

  • How the "two-pass" and the skip "two-pass" makes defensive adjustments longer and your offense more difficult to defend.
  • How to collapse a defense with a drive and a "two-pass" and how this quick ball movement creates space and opportunity.
  • How properly-timed cuts further facilitate the creation of opportunities.

Competitive Build Up

Learn a 3v2 to 5v4 build up drill that enhances the stickwork and movement fundamentals learned by creating a competitive environment. Eubanks show how spacing and ball movement within the formation helps collapse and wear down a defense. You'll learn efficient attack techniques that emphasize keeping space around the defenders and getting into good shot positions while maintaining the space created.

Attacking the Zone

Bring the concepts together in a full play 7v7 offense against a zone defense. Eubanks walks through how players need to be able to drive and handle pressure while looking for an open teammate.

You will also learn to teach your players opposite the ball to best utilize the space created by their teammates making "sacrificial cuts" by getting into areas off-the-goal where the goalie is not likely to defend.

This video does a great job breaking down offensive movement, starting small and moving through to 7v7, to show how to look for and create offensive opportunities against the zone.

54 minutes. 2018.

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Building an Aggressive Adjacent Defense

with Andrew Fink,
Mount Ida College Head Coach,
8x Conference Champions;
4x NCAA Division III qualifier,
3x Coach of the Year NAC/GNAC;
Boston Storm General Manager (UWLX)

With an aggressive adjacent defense, there is no need to slide from the crease any more!

More and more teams are using their long pole and defensive middies to create opportunities to score during the transition to the offensive side of the field. In this video, Andrew Fink presents a series of progressive drills that build an attacking adjacent defensive scheme that will lead to turnovers and offensive chances for your long poles.

Coach Fink takes you through a Mt. Ida practice, giving you a look at not only how he structures practice, but how he uses that structure to build an entire adjacent scheme with simple drills in under two hours. Starting with the Basketball transition drill that gets the defense involved in the offense, Fink progresses through a series of footwork drills that introduce and reinforce the idea of the off-ball defenders supporting the on-ball defender.

Footwork Drills that Teach Defenders to Support Each Other

Through a series of footwork drills, Coach Fink emphasizes the importance of off-ball defenders moving in relation to the on-ball defender. Each of these footwork drills add a piece to the entire adjacent-slide defense as the players work toward more game-like drills.

Putting It All Together

In an extended teaching session followed by live repetitions in a 6v6 drill, Fink puts the pieces together and demonstrates all of the concepts of an attacking adjacent-slide defense. He explains how he runs his defensive sets of Black (pressure ball), Blue (support from middle) and Darkness (double). He walks through all areas of the field and explains where each player should be positioned and who the slide is.


It's challenging to roll out a new system or scheme without building up the key instructional components and nuances of what you are trying to teach. Coach Fink introduces 13 drills and situational play options. The drills will develop a defensive player who has the skill and confidence to run an adjacent slide defense where they can "hunt" the ground ball down and join the transition to offense creating opportunities to score.

Each set of drills is designed as a series of layers that ultimately blend together to create an aggressive adjacent-slide defense. The drills are easy to understand and easy to implement. Regardless of the drill Coach Fink covers, his explanations are clear and the drills are run with precision.

Sample Drill - Mini Box Game

Presented early on in the video, this drill puts everything together in a small package. Long poles and short stick defensive midfielders play a 3v3 game in a condensed area, giving every defensive player time to not only work on his adjacent slides but also become a more adept offensive player. Played continuously from end to the other, the defenders must work in tandem to support each other and prevent an offensive player from slipping through the defense.

This drill, like all of the others, is clearly explained by Fink and can be a great drill to later reinforce all of the concepts presented in the video as a part of a part-whole progression.

This video lays out what you need to do to create a team environment where your defensive players can join the transition to the offensive side of the field to score goals for the team.

"This is a great video that really focuses on the part-whole method of teaching. Each drill builds on the last one in a way that's easy to understand and makes sense." - Customer Review

72 minutes. 2018.

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