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Welcome to The Coach’s Vault

HGR lacrosse, together with the MBYLL, has recorded some of our favorite drills for high school and youth coaches to access completely free of charge.

Each video starts off with a whiteboard talk that includes the set up of the drill, points of emphasis and how to run the drill.  We then take you out onto the field for a live demonstration of the drill. Drills will range from individual skill development to team concepts, on both sides of the ball, for settled and transition play.

We hope you enjoy! Good luck in your upcoming season!

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Five on a Die. This is a fun stickwork drill that works on improving players’ quick hands in tight spaces.

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Introducing The Coach’s Vault

Welcome to The Coach’s Vault! Enjoy a brief introduction to our new instructive video
collection of defensive and offensive drills.

Offense Drills

The All Time QB drill is kind of like beach football. The idea is we’re gonna cone off a boxed area that’s going to make it more difficult to complete passes in a three-on-two setting.

The 11:32 drill is about exposing the backside three on two when we win any sort of match-up in our six on six.

The Zones drill is fantastic for teaching players how to work off ball.

Thunder Zones is where you cone off an area from GLE to about football hashes wide and split your box from goal line extended to the top of the box.

Flow Shooting is a simple shooting drill focused on creating opportunities off the catch and working on our offhand passing.

7 Second Shooting is a drill that incorporates three different types of shots that players should be able to get off in seven seconds or less.

The Coach Scoot Drill—the setup for this drill is simple. We’ve got three defenders inside covering four offensive players and we’re going to send a one-on-one match-up from the perimeter.

The MC 33’s Drill has two setups. We’re going to cover the more complicated one first, and then we’ll go into the more basic one.

The Activation Drill is one of our favorites. Really simple setup. Really simple execution drills that I think are really beneficial.

Novocaine works on offensive players off ball movement and playing together. It teaches players how to create and find space off ball.

Shoot the Gaps is a great 1v1 drill that works on both offensive dodging and on ball defense. It forces offensive players to focus on getting to good dodging areas, and defensive players to keep them from getting to those spots.

RB/QB is a simple and high rep drill to get offensive players to work on their footwork, dodging, and vision.

Diamond Cutter is offensive drill that teaches players the basics of running a motion offense.

Zippo is a offensive dodging drill that works on redodging. It’s a great drill to work on what a dodger can do once he gets to good spots on the field.

Nascar is a great drill to work on defensive approaches and on ball defense, and to teach offensive players how to read approaches and work on their dodging.

Roll Reps is a drill to work on pick and rolls.

The LS Drill is a uneven situations drill that works on various uneven situations and scenarios. Players can get a lot of touches and a ton of reps with this drill.

Apache is a drill to help offensive players find the 2v1 and take advantage of odd-man situations, and to help defensive players defend odd-man situations.

Pistol is a 2v2 drill that works on dodging, reading approaches, finding space off ball, on ball D, sliding. It easily works on a variety of things in a short period of time.

Slide Recognition is a drill designed to get offensive players to read a defense and its movements, and find ways to take advantage of it.

Defense Drills

The All Time QB drill is kind of like beach football. The idea is we’re gonna cone off a boxed area that’s going to make it more difficult to complete passes in a three-on-two setting.

The 11:32 drill is about exposing the backside three on two when we win any sort of match-up in our six on six.

The Zones drill is fantastic for teaching players how to work off ball.

Thunder Zones is where you cone off an area from GLE to about football hashes wide and split your box from goal line extended to the top of the box.

The Activation Drill is one of our favorites. Really simple setup. Really simple execution drills that I think are really beneficial.

The Coach Scoot Drill—the setup for this drill is simple. We’ve got three defenders inside covering four offensive players and we’re going to send a one-on-one match-up from the perimeter.

The MC 33’s Drill has two setups. We’re going to cover the more complicated one first, and then we’ll go into the more basic one.

Prefect Pentagon is a 1v1 drill that works on dodging and defending. It teaches players a variety of dodging and defending concepts in a simple, fun and competitive drill.

The Coach’s Vault is back with a example of a proper goalie warm-up. This video will show you how and some simple but effective coaching points to reinforce along the way.

Here are a various footwork drills that are great for defensive reps to reinforce good form and develop correct defensive movements.

Slide and Release is defensive drill that helps team defense work on sliding, as well as recovering after a slide.

Burger is a defensive drill that works on defensive shape and support and getting a defense to work on its movement together.

GIPO is a defensive drill that works on getting in and playing out, moving as a unit, approaches, off ball play and communication. A simple drill that works on many defensive concepts.

Here are a few simple and effective goalie drills to give your goalies some quality reps during practice.

Transition Drills

The All Time QB drill is kind of like beach football. The idea is we’re gonna cone off a boxed area that’s going to make it more difficult to complete passes in a three-on-two setting.

The QB Key drill is called that because it looks like the old basketball keys. We’re going to cone off an area behind goal line extended in an arc following right across GLE, and then a smaller rectangle above GLE.

The D Rolls drill is designed to show a variety of looks pushing down the right hashes, left hashes, and center, in four on three and four on four situations.

The Activation Drill is one of our favorites. Really simple setup. Really simple execution drills that I think are really beneficial.

Clearing to 3v2 is a drill to work on ball handling, clearing, and transition situations all in one drill.

Cadet is a transition drill that works on all kinds of transition situations and controlling the chaos.

Slap the bucket is a great drill to teach offensive players to read a defense and find the 2v1. It also teaches defensive players to defend odd man situations and to recover into passing lanes.

Scramble is a simple and high-rep 3v2 drill that teaches odd-man situations for both offense and defense.

Sideways is a great drill to work on 3v2’s for both sides of the ball.  Defending 3v2 for the D and taking advantage of them for the O.

UVA is a fast paced, unven situations drill that works on attacking from behind the cage and from up top. UVA works on 3v2s, and also 4v3s.

Cannons is a transition drill that works various uneven transition situations, and does it in a way that gives the coach more control over the chaos.

Hoops is a high-tempo continuous 3v2 drill.  It’s a great drill to get players moving, to be competitive, and get a ton of good reps at the same time!

Faceoff to Headman works on getting a lot of live face-off reps in, as well as pushing transition situations and finding the odd-man advantage.

Odd Man Get Arounds is a transition drill that works on scramble transition scenarios. It works on getting players to recognize and read transition situations.

Stick Work Drills

The England drill is a great uneven drill that gets your players offensively attacking from different angles and having the defense react to those different angles coming at them.

For the Stick Warmup drills, we are going to go over three passing drills to replace your line drills.

Five on a Die is a fun stickwork drill that works on improving players’ quick hands in tight spaces.

Pyramid shooting is a fast-moving, inside finishing drill that works on finishing in tight passing and catching, and works on those off ball cuts as well. Great drill for getting a ton of touches quickly.

Spoke passing is an up-tempo passing drill that gets numerous players involved and gets them a ton of touches in a short period of time.

Hammer Time is a high tempo shooting and stick handling drill.  Tons of reps, lots of fun.

PAPA is a great shooting and stick handling drill that incorporates passing, shooting, picks, and off ball movement in a high tempo drill.

3 Man Handle is a great game like stick skill drill that gets the players a lot reps in a short period of time.

Meatloaf is a full field passing drill.  It incorporates many game-like scenarios, gets a lot of players involved, and creates lots of reps.

Smith Shooting is a shooting drill that allows players to get a ton of reps in multiple shooting disciplines in a short period of time.

Yale Passing is a high rep stick handling drill great for players to get a lot of different kinds of touches.

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