Lacrosse – Zone Defense

Lacrosse – Zone Defense

This page looks at how to use zone defenses in lacrosse. Lacrosse 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 a coach wants to confuse an opponent who might not know how to operate effectively against a zone defense. Most high school and college coaches use zone defense and man-to-man defense depending on the situation and opponent. In contrast, many younger teams use primarily man-to-man defense because they feel that zone defenses don’t adequately teach proper individual defensive skills.

For more defense instructions (i.e. defensive slides), please visit our sections on Lacrosse Defense or Lacrosse Coaching.

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