Edmonton Rush Training Camp Drills – Video

Posted: December 18, 2010 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, Drills, NLL, The Lacrosse Program
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I was able to get out and watch my colleague Jimmy Quinlan out with the Edmonton Rush last night as they practiced at the Leduc Recreation Centre.  It appeared from the numbers on the floor that they were still missing some players who might have had later flights in to town.  It was a high tempo practice, but there was a little rust as more balls were hitting the floor than the coaches probably were happy with.  In The Lacrosse Program we are always preaching perfection, never drop a ball.  Our philosophy is that if it hits your stick you should catch the ball.  That is a difficult goal for a player, but it sets a standard that the students in our program clearly understand.  Watching the practice there were too many balls hitting the floor and I was surprised at the lack of execution.  As the practice went on it got better.

One thing that bothers me when I watch any lacrosse practice is a player that does the drills with his chinstrap off.  I feel that not having a chinstrap done up shows a lack of focus and preparation.  It is a lackadaisical approach to the practice that shows others on the team and the coaching staff you do not take the practice seriously.  There were one or two players that had the chinstraps off and it bothers me.  Just a pet peeve of mine.

Jimmy is vocal on the floor.  You can hear him in most drills talking up the players and shouting out key points.  I like that energy at practice.  It brings accountability among the team and helps motivate players to move, especially in situations when they are most likely to jog.  Jimmy is a talker, so it does not surprise me to hear him yelling.

I am posting some clips of the drills that the Rush were running at the practice.  They were all well constructed and had the players engaged.  There was not a lot of standing around except when they were working the 2 man game drill.  There was more instruction during that drill so it was more of a slower paced drill.

Fast Break with Trailer Option – This drill had an outlet pass from the goalie and then a long pass to a player breaking out of the bench for a shot.  They progressed to hitting the trailer and then having the lead man turn the corner for a shot.  The execution was not great at the beginning and not all the players were picking up the progressions.

Continuous 3 on 2 with Man off Bench – I really like this drill because it is a high energy and fast paced drill that incorporates the defensive players transitioning the ball up the floor and being joined by an offensive player off the bench.  It is full-out and relies on pushing the ball up hard.  I also like the fact that when the shot is taken there is a sprint to the bench to replicate a defensive transition.  This is where you can tell the work ethic of a player.

Outside Shooting on the Go – Cutting across the offensive zone for an outside shot with feet moving. Some of these players can fire the ball with power and accuracy.

Numbers Fast Break – This is a transition thinking drill where defensive players need to communicate the rotation.  Offensive players need to figure out spacing and ball movement.  The drill is all about recognition of the situation and adapting to what is attacking them.  The coach calls out the number of offensive players and the defense sends out one less than the number called.  Moving to space is so important on the offensive side.  You do not want to clog up the offensive fast break.  You want to give your team-mate gaps to attack and make the defense have to slide a long distance.  Some of the groups struggled with this concept.  This is why you drill it in practice.

2 Man Game Drill (On/Off Ball) – The last clips show the team working on their 2 man game.  The coaches used this part of the practice to teach and give the players some feedback on what they wanted to see in the 2 man game.  Defensive communication is so critical in the 2 man game.  Players on the offensive side need to work extremely hard to set picks and read off the defenders positioning.  This is one of the most difficult concepts to teach young players, both on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

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