TJ Buchanan | @usltjbuchanan
The Post Passing and Cutting Drill is an excellent foundation drill that will instill good habits, if done correctly. Decision-making based on the location of the ball and defenders, along with timing and the direction of the cuts, are of critical importance in this drill.
Themes: Cutting, Feeds, Picks
Field Positions: Attack, Midfield, Defense
Drill Style: Warm-up, Skills
Time Needed: 10 minutes
Field Location: Midfield
Skill Level: Basic
- The setup for this drill is a 10-yard by 40-yard grid. Set up the four cones as pictured above.
- On either end, you have a post player who is feeding and receiving balls from inside attackers. Inside the grid are four players — two attackers and two defenders. The attackers are working to get open to receive a pass from the post player with the ball.
- P1 begins with the ball and is looking to pass the ball to A1. A1 is working to get open from D1, who is defending her. A1 must use a variety of cuts, fakes and changes of direction to get open.
- While A1 is working to get open and receive the ball, A2 is keeping her defender, D2, busy and getting ready to receive the ball from A1.
- Once A2 gets the ball from A1, she passes it to P2.
- The drill continues with P2 passing back in to A2, who then passes to A1, then to P1.
- Inside defenders must work on seeing both ball and player, and keeping their sticks up in the passing lanes. They must constantly communicate with each other and anticipate passes, cuts, blocks and interceptions.
- Off-ball defense
- As this drill plays out, you will usually see a few things that need adjustment. First, post players may be stationary and they need to be coached to move around their area to get the best angle to pass the ball into their offensive teammate.
- The inside attack players need to be cutting by making some contact with their defenders and then releasing to receive the ball. They want to us east/west cuts to take their defender away from the ball and then use north/south cuts to seal off their defender and receive a pass. Suggest that they cut toward the ball to receive it or cut toward, then away, looking for an over-the-shoulder pass.
- Often, the coach will need to stop this drill if players are not getting open on cuts to help instruct players on adjusting their cutting angle and timing.
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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