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By TJ Buchanan | @usltjbuchanan
Anyone who’s had an opportunity to watch NCAA men’s lacrosse over the past two seasons has probably noticed faster play and higher scores than in previous years. In last year’s Division I final, for instance, Duke scored 16 goals in its victory over Syracuse. That’s a far cry from Loyola’s 9-3 win over Maryland in 2012.
The well-publicized NCAA rules changes to increase pace of play had a hand in this. But ultimately, the coaches made the necessary adjustments. They allowed defensive players to play offense, attacked the goal in transition and in unsettled situations and put more shots on cage.
The game is back in players’ hands. It’s less of a chess match between coaches. In this system, players need to have a tremendous lax IQ. They need to make snap decisions while reading the play.
Here are three drills that will help your players develop game intelligence on the fly.
Variation: Move the players or the ball to create different attack angles.
Variation: Increase number of players to create 5-on-4 or 6-on-5 situations. Add trailers on a second whistle to make it a settled situation.
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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