Lacrosse Drill from Coach Pressler: 4V3 with New Wrinkles

By Mike Muetzel, LaxCoachMike.com

In our recent podcast with Coach Mike Pressler from Bryant, he offered a great new look for transition drills. He described how they track and record goals scored at Bryant as he as always done, and the majority of the goals come in some sort of transition scenario, even if it only for 20-30 seconds. In the interview, he remarked that it's "very tough to score 6V6 today."

Like this great coach, and perhaps like you, we run many transition drills to keep thing alive and moving in practices. However, I loved the new wrinkles added by Coach Pressler. He also shared that this is a drill he has used and will use with Team USA when preparing them for the summer tournament.

We always talk about fast paced drills that emulate game situations and stimulate players to think, recognize and react. The new wrinkles described here will take it to the next level.

Wrinkle One: From the Restraining Line

Coach Pressler likes to run this drill from the opposite restraining line, and it can be run with a number of combinations, but for this exercise let's stay with a 4V3. Line the players up offense, defense, offense, etc., with colored pennies or jerseys. The drill begins with a ground ball to one of the four offensive players, who then sprint s field in transition, while the three defenders need to hustle back to play defense in their own end. (You can already see the conditioning portion we get here.) The four offensive players move the ball, focusing on spacing and quick, quality passing. The drill plays out to a shot on goal.

Wrinkle Two: Second Ball

If the offense loses possession or connects for a goal, the coach immediately rolls out a second ball to be played with the same offensive and defensive players on the field in the drill while they are in their offensive end. Now we have a ground ball drill integrated into the field exercise.

If they can get possession, they play out the second ball in a slightly more settled situation, since they are already in the offensive end. Once they shoot, score or lose possession, the defense must clear the ball using the goalie. Remember, the offense had four players, the defense three plus the goalie.



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2010-04-20



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