A Ground Ball Drill That Is So Much More

For most of us, when we focus on competitive ground balls, we end in a look-up pass to a player or the coach, and that repetition of the drill is over, when in fact we should focus as coaches on what happens next. The two need to be coached together. On any loose ball pick-up, what we really have is either an opportunity to score in transition to the cage or the opportunity to get in a defense-initiated transition and break across the midfield line and down to our attack.


Of course, we want to run this drill from both sides of the field and not always in the same alley. But a nice variation is a simple 'add one' feature. From varying points around the field, once the ball is picked up by either group, add an additional defensive and offensive player to the drill. I hope you try it and e-mail me your thoughts.

LaxCoachMike.com is a unique site for lacrosse coaches, offering drills and ideas from the greatest coaches in the country. E-mail your comments to mike@laxcoachmike.com.

All of the previous articles on coaching and drills from Lax Coach Mike can be found on the Lacrosse Drills, Instruction, and Training page. His eBook is also available.

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