The best youth lacrosse drills focus on the core areas of the sport without exhausting today's young athletes. Lacrosse drills are utilized in every league from middle school to professional Olympic teams. The following list of youth lacrosse drills will get you going, and get your High school/College/Amateur team in quick shape. While these lacrosse drills are great by themselves, it's important to remember that they don't do much without good teamwork either.
- Ground ball (with a Chaser). In these lacrosse drills (Ground balls) two players will be five yards away from each other, the coach will be in line with one of them. The coach will proceed to throw the ball to the opposite player who will proceed to scoop it up and be chased by the other. The coach can switch sides to work on the opposite hand (more commonly, the left) as well.
- The scoop and clear. Two lines, or more, of defenders should be placed behind the goal, about 5 yards apart. The coach will be 15 yards in front of the goal while there will be two goalies in the net. The coach will toss low balls to the goalies who will deflect it; at the point of rebound, the first line of defense will then rush up and catch the ball to throw it back to the goalkeepers. Rinse and repeat.
- Give and go. There will be two lines of players, one with balls and one without. The one with balls will be at the top of the 12 meter arc while the one without balls will be at the side of the 12 meter arc. The players with balls will toss (or "give") their ball to the others and sprint towards the net (or "go"). The receiving team will catch the ball, switch hands, and throw it back to the player who will now be in front of the goal.
- Feed the crease. "Feed the Crease" is one of the easier youth lacrosse drills. Basically, offensive players will "feed" their balls toward the defensive players on the "crease". Any successful breach of the crease spells trouble for defenders, who must communicate and run hard to avoid breaches by the wide-spread offensive.
- Change of direction. If you can make successful obstacle courses into lacrosse drills, you'll love "Change of direction". Set up four cones in an odd pattern on either side (so it is symmetrical). When a player comes up to the cone, he/she must either change direction, switch hands, or dodge. When they finish the last cone they will take a shot on goal.
Youth lacrosse drills have to be sensitive to the amateur status of most players. Yet, without some hard exercise, training, and teamwork, players won't ever learn how to win games. There is a balance, and these lacrosse drills, if performed with the young players in mind, will be a crucial part to your future training sessions.
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