Make Riding/Clearing Drills Fun with Counterattack

We would certainly like to clear the ball quickly off a save, ground ball, or takeaway, but taking time to work on static clears is also important off a ball out of bounds or even a turnover because of a technical infraction. Most coaches do not focus on emulating an offensive player in the crease into a change of possession and a clear, and equally as important getting set up to ride in just a second or two off a turnover.

Remember, if we are running 4v4 or 5v5, let's make sure with a static clear we are still getting the players to the spots on the field where we want them to be.

Finally, I encourage you to be creative with the counterattack way to finish riding and clearing. Change up the number of players, run the clearing/riding segment off the sideline near the top of the box, or run the clear behind. Or, as you begin the counterattack, add one offensive and another defensive player from the midfield sidelines. Just change it to make it fun and different for the players. Enjoy! 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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