Teaching Pee Wee Lacrosse Players – Video

Posted: April 27, 2011 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, The Lacrosse Program, Video
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I coach a Pee Wee A lacrosse team and I was able to capture some video of a game that they played against the Parkland Posse.  I work with lacrosse players on a daily basis and one of the toughest things to learn as a player is the concept of moving to create offense.  Teaching young players to play 5 on 5 offense requires patience.  Young players have a tendency to stand on the perimeter and the offense ends up being a series of 1 vs 1 events.  The ball does not move and players end up being spectators instead of active participants.  You are always going to have the fast break goals where a faster player outruns the opposition for a goal.  It is creating offense in a settled situation that requires teaching all 5 players on the floor to move and create space.

If I could describe youth 5 on 5 offense it would be based on basketball.  Box lacrosse is more like basketball than hockey, with the cutters, motion, picks, screen and seals.  With my Pee Wee team the first principle we are working with is passing the ball and cutting to the net looking for a return pass.  Team mates then fill your spot and there is continuous passing and cutting.  Players are always reminded to look inside for the cutter and when the ball is swung from side to side, the first look is back inside and then for the outside shot.  No “team” offense will work unless players are schooled in the basic skills of passing, catching and running.  These fundamentals are the building blocks of any offense.

As you can see in the video we have a lot of work to do.  I hope I will have more video evidence at the end of the year of our successes.


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