With in-depth coverage of offensive and defensive skills and more than 25 drills, Men’s Lacrosse is the definitive guide on the sport. It includes the most effective schemes, tactics, and strategies for today’s game; specialty skills such as playing goalkeeper as well as coverage on developing cohesive and powerful team execution.
In Men’s Lacrosse, coaching legend Don Zimmerman joins forces with Peter England to present the skills and strategies you need to take your game to the next level.
From individual technique to team execution, Men’s Lacrosse covers it all. With detailed instruction, expert advice, and personal insights from a Hall of Fame coach, you’ll learn to improve these skills:
Fundamentals such as passing, scooping, feeding, cutting, dodging, and finishing
Shot power, accuracy, selection, and placement for high-percentage scoring
Goalkeeping techniques such as stick work, clearing, positioning, and challenging shots
Offensive opportunities by using field position, forcing turnovers, and taking advantage of player match-ups
You’ll also find more than 25 of the very best drills for skill development, training and conditioning, and team execution.
With in-depth coverage of the most effective offensive and defensive schemes, tactics, and strategies for today’s game, Men’s Lacrosse is essential reading for serious players and coaches alike.
Part I Individual Skills and Techniques
Chapter 1 The Sport of Lacrosse
Chapter 2 Player Characteristics
Chapter 3 Player Stick Skills
Chapter 4 Dodging, Feeding, and Shooting
Chapter 5 Cutting, Picks, and Ball Exchange
Chapter 6 Face-Offs
Chapter 7 Goalkeeping
Chapter 8 On-Ball Defense
Chapter 9 Off-Ball Defense
Part II Team Play
Chapter 10 Team Offense
Chapter 11 Team Defense
Chapter 12 Transition Offense
Chapter 13 Transition Defense
Don Zimmerman has over 39 years of experience in coaching lacrosse and has been a Division I college head coach for over 27 years. Coach Zimmerman’s career has taken him to Princeton University, the University of North Carolina, Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University Maryland, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore County (UMBC), a position he has held since 1994.
Zimmerman was instrumental in winning NCAA national championships at North Carolina (1981 and 1982) and Johns Hopkins (1984, 1985, and 1987). He led the UMBC Retrievers to four consecutive NCAA Division I tournament appearances from 2006 to 2009, a feat accomplished for the first time in the school’s Division I lacrosse history.
Zimmerman is considered one of the preeminent teachers of the game and has taught lacrosse on four continents: North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. In 2002 he was honored with induction into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of the United States Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Zimmerman was named America East Conference Coach of the Year by his colleagues in both 2008 and 2009 and was the 2008 Coach of the Year in LaxPower men’s lacrosse Fan Awards. He achieved career win 200 in 2010 and is 10th among active coaches with 202 victories in 24 campaigns.
Zimmerman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Peter England was a member of Coach Zimmerman’s staff at John Hopkins University. Since 1991 he has been an advanced team scout for the Johns Hopkins lacrosse program, working with coaches Tony Seaman (1991-1998), John Haus (1999-2000), and Dave Pietramala (2001-present). England lives in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
"Don Zimmerman is not only a great coach but a great teacher. Men’s Lacrosse demonstrates his unique understanding of the game’s big picture as well as the methods necessary for becoming an outstanding player.”
Bill Tierney-- Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach University of Denver
"Don Zimmerman is one of the truly great coaches of our time. In an era filled with flash and no substance, Coach Zimmerman makes it cool to focus on the fundamentals of the game. Men's Lacrosse is a must-read for players and coaches alike. You won't be disappointed!"
Dave Pietramala-- Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Johns Hopkins University