Lacrosse Defense – Tips, Videos, Instructions, etc.
This page focuses on how to become a strong lacrosse defender. It examines lacrosse subjects such as stick checks, clears, slides, zone defense and much more. This defense information is important for close defenders and long stick middies (LSMs).
Sections for Defenders – Click on the sections below for instructions, videos, etc.
- Stick Checks – Poke checks, slap checks, ice pick checks, kayak checks, etc.
- Body Checks
- Fast Break Defense
- Ground Balls
- How To Shoot With A Lacrosse Long Pole
- Lacrosse Defense – How to Clear
- Lacrosse Defense – How to Defend From X
- Lacrosse Defense – How to Slide
- Long Stick Middies (LSMs)
- Man Down Situations
- Man-to-Man Defense
- Zone Defense
Tips for Lacrosse Defenders
- Focus on poke checks versus slap checks, over-the-head checks, etc. They are effective in disrupting an opponent and less likely to be called for a slashing penalty.
- Overplay your opponent’s strong side. Make them shoot or pass with their weak hand.
- Move your feet versus relying only on your long pole. The best defenders can move backwards quickly while, at the same time, harassing their opponent with stick checks.
- Many good defenders act as a moving wall and keep their opponent from getting a clear shot. They constantly put themselves between the opponent and the goal. They do not gamble for a takeaway. Instead, they force their opponent to pass because they can not get open.
- Takeaways are exciting. However, they often result in a defender being burnt as they over commit and allow the opponent to get past them. Focus on fundamental defense first.
- Be aggressive going after ground balls. Many transition goals are a result of a defender getting a ground ball and quickly moving it up field to an open teammate. You will often hear a coach shouting “That is your goal!” to the defender who started the successful attack.
- Defenders need to practice their stick skills and dodging in order to succeed at lacrosse clears. A defender who can confidently catch a goalie clear and either pass or run with the ball under pressure is a great asset for a team.
- Defenders & LSMs should occasionally work on their long pole shooting. On a goalie clear, they might have an opportunity to score if no one picks them up as they cross the midfield line.
- Lacrosse Stubbies – Cut down an old lacrosse stick until it is about 2 feet in length. Use it as your “stick” when you practice one-on-one defense. This extremely short stubby will help you to focus on moving your feet during lacrosse drills versus relying on your long pole.
Useful Articles for Lacrosse Defenders
- How To Become A Dominant Lacrosse Defenseman – Lacrosse Allstars
- Mastering The Not So Simple Art of Sliding – US Lacrosse
Instructional Videos for Lacrosse Defense Techniques