When players become competent with basic passing, protection, and shooting drills, they are ready to move to the next level. Concept drills use small-sided game setups to simulate various situational aspects of a full game. Concept drills are a step in the progression toward full-field game play and are helpful in breaking bigger concepts into smaller pieces.
If players are just beginning lacrosse, concept drills introduce more complex elements of the game and will help increase their comfort levels before they are faced with a full-field game situation. For more experience players, concept drills break the game down and provide the opportunity to focus on and improve specific scenarios.
Certain essential game concepts—space, timing, and movement—are best practiced in a small-scale setting. When players become proficient and comfortable, they are ready to keep building upon the concepts and ultimately will be prepared for the full-field game situation. It is very important to simulate a game situation during concept drills.
1v1 Off the Pass
This drill helps players practice 1v1s offensively and defensively in a gamelike situation, right off the pass.
Players break into four lines of attack and four lines of defense. One line is behind the goal, one is at the top of the 8-meter area, and one is on each wing. There are balls in each line.
1. The line at the top of the 8-meter area starts the drill.
2. The line on the right wing passes the ball to the attacker who is cutting toward the ball at speed.
3. The attacker uses the speed from her cut to go 1v1 against the defender in front of her.
4. The next attacker in the top line passes the ball to the attacker cutting from the line on the left wing.
5. The attacker cuts toward the ball and goes 1v1 against the defender in front of her.
6. The drill rotates clockwise around the lines so that each attacker receives the ball from the line to her right.
7. Players repeat the drill in a counterclockwise direction, which forces attackers to catch the ball with their left hands.
Make sure to work the 1v1 with defense pressuring out and then with defense sagging in. Make sure the players are aggressive both offensively and defensively.