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TJ Buchanan | @usltjbuchanan
Lacrosse season is full swing for most of the country, and that could mean unpredictable weather, cold temperatures, snow-covered fields, and the ever-dreaded “gym time.”
Nobody likes practicing in the gym! The lighting makes it hard to see the ball. The hard floors make it tough to scoop. You’re at the mercy of someone else scheduling your time, usually split with other sports and activities.
So, how can you make the time productive for your players? I don’t pretend to have the definitive answer to this question, but with 15 years of coaching experience from the U9 through NCAA levels, I’ve been in your shoes and I believe I can help.
What can we work on in the gym?
What does this all look like? Here is a sample plan for a 90-minute practice.
Notice that there are no breaks scheduled. Instead, have water bottles around the gym for them and they can get a drink during one of the times they are not actively participating in a drill. Not only does this save valuable practice time, but it also helps with conditioning since the team is “on” for 90 consecutive minutes.
Do you have a gym drill you would like to share? Send an email with a diagram to email@example.com and you might see it in future newsletters or in our Mobile Coach database.
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