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When your opponent commits a timeserving penalty, the result should be an easy goal. Your team has more players on the field. So why is it so hard for some teams to score with a player advantage?
The biggest reason I have seen: Too many teams let the ball do all the work. They pass ad-nauseum with hopes of a shot coming from it. But for an extra-man opportunity to be successful, the defense must be forced to change its basic shape.
For example, how do you make a zone defense move? Glad you asked. Consider these three principles when designing your man-up plays.
Man-up offense is as much about using your personnel properly as it is about exploiting the man-down defense’s lack of personnel. Take the time to evaluate your personnel and put them in the spots to be successful. Player evaluation means more than just putting your most talented athletes on the man-up team. It’s about finding the right combinations of players, putting them in the right positions and running the right plays.
TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse. Suggest topics for future coaching blog posts in the comments section.
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