Advanced Offensive Tips

 

Positioning:

 

--Make your defenseman play you and you alone every second you are in the game.  Keep moving at all times so that your defenseman must focus his attention on you and not be in a position to help his fellow defensemen.

--If an offensive player is being ridden hard and can’t dodge away from the pressure, the nearest man on each side goes to help him.

--Never try to force a pass if the defense is drawn in near the goal.  Pull the defense out first.

--Never stand so close together that one defender can guard two offensive players.

--Keep the field balanced in order to be in a better position to back up plays and give your teammates space to work.

--Always remember that team play is essential to a good offense.

 

Passing/Catching/Feeding:

 

--In moving the ball around the circle, make all passes sharp, short, and to the outside, away from defensemen.

--Make feed passes hard.

--All feed passes should be thrown overhand or underhand, not sidearm.

--Always move to meet every pass and circle away from your defenseman.

--Make all your passes good ones.

--Never make a pass to a man who is covered just to get rid of the ball.

--After receiving a pass, as the ball moves around the outside, look first at the man who threw you the ball to see what he is doing, then at the crease.

--If you receive a pass after cutting and don’t have a good shot, hold onto the ball and prepare to move it again.

 

Possession:

 

--When you have the ball, NEVER stand still—keep moving at all times—if necessary run backwards and forwards, but keep moving.  When you are ready to make a pass, take one step back quickly to make space.

--When you have the ball, fake passes often to keep your defender’s stick moving.

--When in possession of the ball, make the defenseman play your stick and watch his stick.  The position of his stick will determine the direct of your feed and the type of dodge you might try.

 

Shooting:

 

If you have a time and room:

--Set a good base with your legs.

--Keep your hands near the bottom of your handle, around 12 inches apart.

--Make sure your hands and elbows are high and away from your body.

--Turn your shoulders and hips and push off with your legs.

--Technique will make this shot work.

--Try to change planes with your shot.

 

On the run:

--This is one of the hardest skills to learn in lacrosse.

--Turn your hips and uncork your body like a golfer.

 

Inside/Crease Shooting:

--For extra control, keep your hands around 12 inches apart, but think choking up on the stick.

--Shoot high to low and off the goalie’s hip.

--Accuracy of the shot is more important than speed of the shot up close.

--Use your wrists for a quick shot.

--Make fakes with your shoulders rather than with your stick.  (A fake with the stick exposes it to checks and takes too long to reset for another shot.)

--On all long shot, a man needs to be on the crease for deflections and to screen the goalie.

--On all screen shots, the crease man should check up on the defenseman’s stick and face the goalie.  This way he is ready for a rebound.

--Place all shots, usually for a far corner.  When within five yards of the goal, shoot for a top corner.

--Always be in position to back up shots and feeds.  When a cut is made or a shot taken, the whole attack unit must play a part in moving to a position to backup this pass or shot.  Control the ball when you have it.

--Shoot often, but only if you feel that you have a good shot.

--Always have one (even two), men behind the goal to back up all shots.

 

Ground Balls:

 

--When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it hard and fast.  You have to have the ball!

--In a 50/50 situation, consider pushing your opponent off the ball to clear space for scooping the ground ball.

--After picking up a loose ball, turn and face the crease immediately.  If nobody is open, move in fast until you are guarded.

 

Stick Protection:

 

--Keep your elbow locked in on you stick-carrying arm while cradling mostly with your wrist.

--Your elbow should stay within about 4 inches of your ribs.  No swinging your arm.

--Your free hand should be in a comfortable protective position.

--Avoid running on the same plane.  Run in and out and change direction often.

--Keep you head up!

 

Dodging:

 

--Don’t dodge with the intention of blowing by your defender.  Dodge to make room to get your hands free for a pass or a shot.

--Execute all dodges at FULL SPEED.  If you show that you go 100% you will be much harder to guard.

--Practice playing lefty and righty and dodging in all directions.  It will keep you from being predictable to your defender.

--Don’t dodge if there is an open man.  Don’t hold the ball unless you are planning a dodge.  Keep the ball moving with quick, short passes.

--Try different dodges during practices and then games to learn how to best employ them.

 

Cutting:

 

--Time your cuts.  Don’t cut if the man with the ball is not watching or is not in a position to pass.

--Make full cuts—go through and out.  Don’t cut at half speed or loiter around the crease after you have cut.

--Zig and zag your cuts.  Fake left and go right or fake right and go left.  Change the pace of your cuts to throw the defense off.

 

Clearing:

 

--After the ball has been cleared, if you have a open opportunity to dodge, dodge.  If you see an open man, pass him the ball.  Otherwise, settle the ball and let your Attack set up.  This gives Middies time to catch their breath.

--Control the ball!!!

 

Riding the ball:

 

--When you lose the ball, ride it.  Attack players must ride the ball and ride it hard until it has passed the midfield.  Riding the ball gives one’s Middies and Defenders time to get set.

--Don’t rush at a man when riding, especially behind the goal.  Force a pass.   Talk and coordinate with Attack players and run hard.  Want the ball back.

--Your job is not done when the goalie makes a save.  Ride hard right away and make the defense take time to clear the ball.

--On a dead ball, double team the defender and force a pass, preferably back in the middle to the goalie.

--Be in shape.

--Know how to break down and play proper defense.  Minimize stick checks and maximize foot movement and body position.

--Use the sidelines to your advantage.  Force a clearing player in that direction and kill their angle of escape.

--Check hands over sticks.  No penalties

--Be relentless!!!  The effort will show itself to your coaches.

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