Lacrosse Coaching – Tips

Lacrosse Coaching – Tips, Videos, Instructions, etc.

This page provides basic lacrosse coaching tips & instructions. Beyond the ability to teach lacrosse basics (i.e. shooting techniques) to their players, lacrosse coaches need to develop offensive & defensive strategies to meet their style of play and the abilities of their players. Unfortunately, lacrosse coaches often have very limited practice time. Therefore, they must decide how to split their time between team concepts, individual skill work and athletic conditioning.

  • Drills – This section looks a wide variety of lacrosse drills that coaches can use to improve individual skills and team fundamentals.
  • Clears – Lacrosse coaches will find that they must diligently practice lacrosse clears. Even advanced teams can have trouble with clears against aggressive opponents.
  • Face-Off Wing Play – Coaches need to pick aggressive ball hawks for their face-off wing players and practice face-off wing play because it is critical to win a face-off possession. Face-off units must also practice how to counter an opponent’s FOGO in case the opposing team is winning a high percentage of the face-offs.
  • Fast Breaks & Fast Break Defense – Many lacrosse goals are scored during fast break opportunities. Coaches should practice lacrosse fast break drills in order to maximize this scoring opportunity. Smart lacrosse coaches also work on practicing how to defend fast breaks.
  • Man-Down – Strategies to use when your team is down a man due to a penalty on your team.
  • Man-Up – Strategies to use when your team is up a man due to a penalty on the opposing team.
  • Offensive Formations – This section looks at basic lacrosse offensive formations (i.e. the 2-3-1 formation).
  • Slides – Lacrosse coaches will need to teach their defenders how to slide (i.e. cover a teammate who has been burnt by an opponent) in order to have an effective defense. They also need to teach the remaining defenders how to do “two” (second) slides in order to cover the initial sliding defender’s man, etc.
  • Zone Defense – Coaches often use a man-to-man defense where defenders stay with their man on defense. However, they also need to know how to use a zone defense where lacrosse defenders stay in a certain “zone” while on defense. Zone defense is often used when defenders are not athletic enough to stay up with their opponents during a game or when they want to confuse an opponent.

Instructional Books for Lacrosse Coaches – These books are perfect for beginning lacrosse coaches as well as lacrosse parents who want to teach more advanced lacrosse concepts to their children.

Instructional Videos for Lacrosse Coaches