Author Information

Name:

Matty Lattman

Organization:

Custom Lacrosse Camps

 

Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Ball

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Game

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:

Intermediate

 

Objective

To improve communications and field awareness during unsettled situations.

Description of Drill-Execution

Coaches choose a random number of offensive and defensive players to simulate a transition/unsettled situation (4 v 3, 3 v 3, 4 v 2, 3 v 5, etc). They then have these players walk with their eyes closed until the coach yells STOP! While the players remain standing with their eyes closed, the coach rolls the ball out and yells “Ball down”! The players can then open their eyes and play out the unsettled situation.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Communication (both offensive & defensive players)
  2. Field Awareness
  3. Defensive formations
  4. Moving without the ball on offense
  5. Quick decision making
  6. Adapting on the fly

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

Coaches can walk the players around with their eyes closed to ensure that they are randomly dispersed. Also, additional players can be sent in on the fly once play has started.

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