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Breaking Down the Backer Defense in Girls Lacrosse

Breaking Down the Backer Defense in Girls Lacrosse

Many thanks to Jessy Morgan, George Mason University Head Lacrosse Coach, for sharing the various aspects of the Backer Defense. To see the principles of this defense, watch the video below

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Using the Invert in Boys Lacrosse

Using the Invert in Boys Lacrosse

Coaches, if you are looking for ways to make the defense uncomfortable, to change their slide packages and to make the defensive middies have to play from behind their goal, consider using an invert style offense. For more specifics see the following slides as well as logging into your Kudda account to see the videos [...]

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Creating a Skills Inventory for Lacrosse

Creating a Skills Inventory for Lacrosse

Listing out all of the skills that you want your lacrosse players to learn each year should result in a list of 40-50 skills, depending on the age group. The following slides point out the steps needed to create this Skills Inventory. Skills inventory for Lacrosse Coaches from jrice81

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Why Games Are Lost: Coaches Don’t Teach Shooting

Why Games Are Lost: Coaches Don’t Teach Shooting

     One of the most important skills in sports is the ability to shoot. Being able to hit those three-pointers and shots from the outside in basketball, or beating the goalie in soccer, lacrosse or hockey is what determines the outcomes in games. Some will argue that defense determines the outcomes but if you can’t [...]

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The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

The Poisonous Culture of Youth Sports

     Two articles came out this week that really go after the poisonous culture that has evolved in youth sports. The focus of both is how the youth sports have become controlled by adults and how this is causing The Race to Nowhere as coined by one of the authors, John O’Sullivan. The added pressures, [...]

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Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you Practice SKILLS or Game SITUATIONS?

Do you practice skills or game situations?      As I continue to look at the practice plans of coaches, I notice that most coaches focus on practicing Game Situations. Their practices are the ones that jump from one situation to another situation. For basketball, they may go from a transition drill to a defensive rebounding [...]

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5 Factors to Consider When Developing Your Practice

5 Factors to Consider When Developing Your Practice

80/20 Rule This simple rule states that coaches should spend 80% of their time working on the top 20% of the most important skills. In other words, become great at the most important skills. Determine what those skills are and spend most of your time focused on improving those skills.   Skills vs Game Situations [...]

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What College Lacrosse Coaches Say and What They Should Say

What College Lacrosse Coaches Say and What They Should Say

Quotes we hear from college lacrosse coaches… “We play an up-tempo, transition fast paced offense with high pressure defense” Every single lacrosse coach who presented at US Lacrosse Convention said this as part of their introduction Really? Then why did the men’s game have to institute a shot clock? What they should all really say… [...]

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