Author: Enoch C. Williams

Enoch is a veteran lacrosse player. He has played on the same team for 20 years, and his teammates are like family to him. He's worked hard over the last two decades to get where he is today, playing in some of the best tournaments in North America with people that have become lifelong friends. Enoch loves pushing himself physically and mentally every time he steps onto the field, knowing that if he doesn't give 100% then there's always someone else who will take his place.

If you’re a lacrosse player, then you know just how important it is to keep your lacrosse pads clean. After all, nothing can drag down your game like sticky pads or sweaty equipment. Luckily, there are a few simple steps that you can take to keep your lacrosse pads free from dirt and grime and how ready for game day. Regular Cleaning Is Needed As any lacrosse player knows, the game can be quite physical. Players are constantly running, hitting, and diving for the ball. As a result, lacrosse equipment tends to get pretty dirty. And while some might say…

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In lacrosse, the offensive players must learn ways to handle the ball. They have to know the best ways to cradle, shoot, pass, catch. The offensive skills developed by a player can aid his team to a large extent. As an offensive player in lacrosse, you will have to outshine a defensive player with ease. Your eyes have to be on the ball at all times. You have to be one step ahead of the defenders, with or without ball. Practicing Efficient Stick Handling Stick handling or ball handling is somewhat misleading. You don’t have to use the hands that…

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We have often talked about the high percentage of practice time spent by top NCAA coaches in uneven (transition) scenarios. Hopefully, we understand this key concept and get the ball moving quickly, inherently teaching players to look up and recognize the open man and use defensive sliding in a scramble-like situations. These drills emulate the way most goals are scored in games, in mini snapshots of transition. Plus, they are a fun way to practice. Many top NCAA coaches use a great fast-paced drill run uneven offensive scenarios in progression, which simply means they build from 2v1 to 3v2 to…

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We’ve all been there. The game is about to start and your team is just not revved up. Maybe some players are still in the locker room getting psyched up, or maybe they’re just lackadaisical on the field. Whatever the case may be, starting slow in games can be frustrating – especially when it feels like your opponents are ready to go from the get-go. For many teams, slow starts are a recurring issue that manifests itself three or four times a season. For some teams, it happens even more frequently, but for all lacrosse coaches, it can be a…

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Most coaches at one time or another post a player in the crease. Maybe you are blessed to have a skilled six-foot crease attackman, or maybe you rotate your short stick middies or even your LSM in the crease for a period of time. Or perhaps you are trying to run a high or low post, or picks in the crease, or buying into deuces and two-man games, even inside. Or like me, you are amazed at how players try to catch the ball right-handed, carrying the stick on the inside, not the outside shoulder, towards the defense and goalie,…

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If you are a long-time traditional coach, who honestly believes that running a traditional fast break drill for 15 minutes every practice with three attack players set up in an L formation, with three poles standing there waiting to cheat on their slides with them, while a middie streaks down from midfield is really helping your team, then you may not like this article. Coaching paradigms have changed. First, with higher quality teams you actually see this scenario but once or twice a game, if that, so I might suggest it is just not game realistic. I might also suggest…

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This drill is a full-field scramble, constantly creating different looks and variations in transition, sliding, recognition, and fast movement. Players get to play in a number of very fluid matchups, from one-man advantages in transition to even scenarios with different numbers on each run down the field. The huge positive impact in conditioning during a fun exercise is a bonus. With players age 8 through 13, you might consider bringing the cages to the restraining lines, but in its purest form it is a full-field drill. We begin with three attackers and three defenders at each end. All other players…

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Do you ever find yourself in a situation where you know what you should do but don’t do it? This is a common occurrence in lacrosse, especially when coaching. Many coaches know the right plays and strategies to use during a game, but they don’t always practice them themselves. Coaching is all about setting an example for your players – if you want them to hustle and give their best effort, then you have to be the first one to do that. Lacrosse coaching can be tough, but it’s definitely worth it when you see your players improving on the…

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Let me begin with an apology, as these thoughts may upset the old school purist coaches. Do you consider each minute in practice time to be valuable? Do you take the time to plan your practices down to the minute or analyze the number of touches per player, per drill, regardless of the age group you are coaching? Are we truly developing better lacrosse fundamentals and skills by running laps? The 4 keys to a successful lacrosse practice theme are mentioned below – Drills must emulate game situationsDrills/practice should be funDrills/practice need to be fast pacedDrills/practice should focus on touches…

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The beautiful thing about 4V4 drills for players of all ages is that they open up the field and allow players to have more room to maneuver as well as less congestion, which lets players see the offensive end of the field more easily. The 4V4 drills also allow for players to drive, double team, set picks on and off ball, and generally are more fun for than 6V6. In our discussions with NCAA coaches, when they do spend time practicing players in an even (versus a transition) drill or man-up situation, they spend more time in 10V10 full field…

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