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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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Video Drill: Lacrosse 1v1 to a 4v4 Buildup

Video Drill: Lacrosse 1v1 to a 4v4 Buildup

This is a great drill to get players building a progression starting with a 1v1, then a 2v2, to a 3v3 and then to a 4v4. The drill starts with a 1v1 in the corner and it is simply mano to mano. Offense is focused on beating the defender and going to goal. The defender [...]

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Sideways 3v2 Lacrosse Drill

Sideways 3v2 Lacrosse Drill

This is a great drill to get a lot of reps while teaching some great concepts. Not all 3v2′s are from the middle of the field. Often, there’s a unbalanced situation originating from the side and this drills mimics those moments. Some offensive concepts to stress: Draw and Dish- never allow 1 defender to play [...]

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Top 4 Skills Needed for Lacrosse?

Top 4 Skills Needed for Lacrosse?

  In a recent post, I wrote about the importance of the 80/20 Rule. In a nutshell, the 80/20 Rule states that coaches should spend 80% of their time on the top 3-5 skills for their sport. In other words, focus on the most important skills and become GREAT at those skills. Do we really [...]

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Where is the development in youth basketball?

Where is the development in youth basketball?

This article was re-printed with permission from Brian McCormick, PhD. on Learn to Coach Basketball. Brian is also the author of  The 21st Century Basketball Practice   Where is the development in youth basketball? In the last two weeks, I have officiated 10 middle-school and freshmen basketball games, boys and girls. The complete lack of [...]

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Improve Your Shooting in Lacrosse by Following This Simple Concept

Improve Your Shooting in Lacrosse by Following This Simple Concept

Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed A few months ago I posted an article about practicing Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed…link to article. I came across a video I made this summer of a lacrosse practice where the players are taking Game Shots and Game Spots at Game Speed. This [...]

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Secrets to Better Practice Plans

Secrets to Better Practice Plans

     In my recent presentation to the Massachusetts PE teaches, the MAPHERD convention, I focused on how we can create better practice plans that actually taught instead of just keeping players busy. The great John Wooden said, “Never mistake activity for achievement.”      The problem that was addressed was the common scenario of [...]

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Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

“Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed” What a wonderful concise message to send to our players during practice when they are shooting around. This goes for all sports. How many times do we see kids arriving to practice early and taking shots that they will never take during a game? In basketball it’s [...]

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