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As an educator for US Lacrosse, I have noticed a big trend in both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse when it comes to zone defenses. Many coaches from the U9 to U19 age levels are trying to run a zone or considering running a zone.
To me, it is almost an epidemic of players doing nothing but standing still on a certain small plot of land in front of the cage. Players are not focused on the primary responsibility of defense, stopping the ball carrier, because they don’t want their coach to see them leave their zone. That’s followed by a lot of finger pointing once the offense figures out how to score.
Here are some key points that should help you get in the zone with your team:
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