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
Understand if you teach SKILLS or GAME SITUATIONS. The SKILLS practice will be all about progressions as you focus on one skill and build it up throughout practice. The GAME SITUATION practice will jump around to cover various situations for your team.
Progressions and buildups
If you are a SKILLS focused coach, consider drills that connect and slowly add competition. For example in lacrosse, having the Canadian Passing Drill and going to the USA Passing drill (as seen on Kudda) works as the players are already in the spots. Then progressing into a clearing drill works as again players are already set up. Slowly adding some pressure and developing that into a clear is a logical buildup. Then going into a transition drill makes sense as successful clears may lead to odd man transitions. Everything builds from previous and is connected to parts of the game. Focus is on passing and catching as applied in various situations.
Lots of small sided games vs scrimmage
Increase the opportunity for your players to use their skills in small sided games. It’s harder for players to hide and players get increased touches and opportunities to make tactical decisions. Avoid the cope out of playing 10v10 or 12v12 as players don’t get as many opportunities and can become lost.
Avoid the 3 L’s: Laps, Lines and Lectures.
Have plenty of balls so that any line drill has low numbers to increase reps and touches. Disguise your conditioning with drills instead of wasting valuable practice time having players run laps. Plus running laps has nothing to do with the interval sprinting required in the game. Keep the long explanations with descriptions of every “what-if” possibility to a minimum. Players will not listen to the 40 ways to attach a zone and certainly won’t learn. Demonstrate what you want them to do and get them doing it. Nothing kills the energy of a practice faster than a coach who likes to hear themselves talk