Lax Coach Mike: 3v2 Recognize and Communicate Drill

4. Conversely, even if the offensive player begins the drill behind the cage, we want him to carry the ball, even force a slide, as quickly as possible and then get in front of the cage where he can be a threat to shoot. If the defenders do not rush to cover him, he goes to the cage.

5. To learn the drill, we start with a designated ball carrier. However, in a more advanced variation, consider giving each offensive line a number and begin with a ball for the first offensive player in each line. Coach calls a number (1, 2, or 3). For example, if the coach calls out "2!" the offensive player in line2 goes around the adjacent cone into the drill, while the first players in line 1 and line 3 drop the balls from their sticks but still enter the 3v2 drill.

6. Even though the drill is extremely fast paced, (every 6 seconds or so for each group) and even though the level of recognition and communication is increased, we are reinforcing the basic fundamentals of transition.

a. Defensively in a 3v2, there only two places defenders should be ... either on the ball or in the hole. After a pass, the defender on the ball immediately recovers to the hole, while his defensive teammate quickly slides from the hole to the player receiving the pass, and so on.

b. Offensively, even though it fast paced, we need to maintain spacing and very quick passes, hopefully resulting in a shot from the backside pipe. is a unique site for lacrosse coaches, offering drills and ideas from the greatest coaches in the country. E-mail your comments to

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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