Lacrosse Drill from Coach Pressler: 4V3 with New Wrinkles

Wrinkle Three: 'Add One' and Clear

The third aspect of the drill is for the defense to clear the ball. At this point, we keep an additional separate line of defensive players in the defensive end and 'add one' to the defensive team clearing the ball, which we want them to clear at least to midfield. The clearing team has the three original players, the goalie, and the 'add one' player, for a total of five clearing against the four offensive players. There is a lot of space, but again we are directly emulating a game scenario man advantage in our end on clears.

One of the things I love about these new wrinkles on this drill is the work on rides and clears. Practicing clearing can sometimes really slow down even the most fast-paced practice. In this drill, we can integrate breakout passes, spacing, re-direct passes, and riding all in the fast paced field transition drill.

The key is to keep the drill moving even with the three different segments. We do not want players waiting in line to lose interest, so keep it fast paced and moving. Encourage the offense to get off a shot in the first 10-15 seconds once they reach the offensive end. 15 seconds can be a pretty long time as you know. The entire podcast is free to listen to for all coaches this month. is a unique site for lacrosse coaches, offering drills and ideas from the greatest coaches in the country. E-mail your comments to

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