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  • 10/03/18--22:00: Winning the Draw
  • with Cindy Timchal,
    U.S. Naval Academy Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    8x National Championship Coach at Maryland (seven consecutive),
    2x National Coach of the Year, 400 career victories;
    all-time winningest coach in Division I Lacrosse history

    and Gabby Capuzzi,
    U.S. Naval Academy Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach; All-American at Ohio State University

    Controlling the draw is one of the most important aspects of lacrosse. This video focuses on the importance of selecting the correct personnel for your draw team, then developing proper technique and strategy for both individual and team success.

    Cindy Timchal and her staff simplify the draw technique into four basic types, which are determined by the intended outcome. Individual coaching points and key concepts are first practiced with the players performing the draw. Next, the same techniques are further tested against a partner. Finally, the draw instruction is fine-tuned in a live exercise.

    Individual Techniques and Drills

    Assistant coach, Gabby Capuzzi, identifies the characteristics of an ideal draw specialist and examines four types of draws. Capuzzi then runs through the technique used in draw controls (push or pull) with emphasis on hand position and the movements associated with these two techniques.

    You will learn specific drills and coaching that will develop players' confidence and ability when performing the draw. These drills are intended to develop the reaction time, speed, strength and endurance necessary to be a successful draw artist.

    On the field, Coach Capuzzi shows a series of draw progressions. The series begins with individual reaction drills to improve wrist speed and strength, then moves on to working with a partner to improve technique.

    Team Techniques and Drills

    Winning the draw is a team effort. Each player is responsible for supporting the efforts of the player performing the draw. Emphasis is given to selecting the right personnel for your draw unit, and key concepts for each player are explained in an effort to give the offense the advantage they need.

    The concepts covered include boxing out, being quick off the line, running through the ball and providing outlets. You will learn drills that include 3v3 on the Circle, as well as full field 12v12 to work on outlets and offensive transition off the draw.

    This video is a fantastic resource for coaches of all levels looking to build the skills of their draw player. Through the use of draw calls and adding individual responsibility, this video emphasizes the roll of the team in winning more draws.

    46 minutes. 2015.

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    with Joe Amplo,
    Marquette University Head Coach;
    Team USA Assistant Coach; 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship (Gold medal);
    Inaugural Coach of Program, 2014 Big East Coach of the Year;
    former Hofstra University Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

    and Stephen Brundage, Marquette University Assistant Coach

    Joe Amplo was named the first head coach in Marquette men's lacrosse history in 2011. In just three years of competition, Ampolo has led Marquette to back-to-back semifinal appearances in the Big East Tournament (2014-15) and ranked as high as 9th in the nation. For his accomplishments he was named the 2014 Big East Coach of the Year. Prior to Marquette, Ampolo served on the staff at Hofstra University, starting out working under then head coach John Danowski.

    Joe Amplo of Marquette University introduces his defensive philosophy, which focuses on the fundamentals of defensemen. Coach Amplo provides insight into what makes his defensemen so successful, and teaches drills and techniques that will shape and mold your defensemen's ability to stop the opposition.

    Individual Skill Work

    Coach Amplo gets on the field with his defensive unit and uses them to demonstrate a variety of drills. He focuses on skill work first, such as approaching the ball and individual technique through his Corner Series. The series of drills works on approaches, backpedaling and shuffling. Next, he moves on to the Footrace Series, working on defensive postures from all angles and protecting the topside of the field.

    You will learn all aspects of defensive play, including how to hold the stick while engaging the ball carrier, where to position your head on slides and how to cover the roll back.

    With each drill, Coach Amplo provides a clear explanation not only of the drill itself, but also the mistakes and defensive issues each drill addresses. This gives you a range of drills that can be used to make improvements with your own defense.

    Team Defense

    The second section of the video moves onto live drills against an offense, starting with 1v1. Coach Amplo builds on more team-oriented defense, such as change of possession, awareness, off-ball positioning, reacting to specific situations and unsettled situations. Having previously worked on the elements of an effective slide, Coach Amplo moves onto the recovery phase. This progresses to 4v4, which show how the individual drills all combine to enable effective team defense.

    Coach Amplo addresses the issue of communication in the defensive cycle, a common problem at all levels of the game. The I-Talk Drill has only one player talking at a time, emphasizing defensive communication and forcing each player to understand the importance of personal communication.

    Coach Amplo's thoughtful approach to defensive concepts and situations has allowed him to build up a brand new program and make it competitive in just three short years.

    56 minutes. 2016.

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    with Jenny Levy,
    U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach;
    University of North Carolina Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    2016 NCAA Women's Champions - 2x NCAA Championship Coach (2013);
    eight NCAA Final Four appearances;
    2x ACC Coach of the Year;
    6th winningest coach in NCAA D1 Women's lacrosse history; National championship winner and two-time All-American as an attacker for the University of Virginia

    See how champions are built in this guided practice from Jenny Levy, head coach of the 2013 NCAA Division 1 Champion University of North Carolina. Coach Levy, one of the sport's all-time greats, guides players through skill-building drills that can be used at every level, intermixed with whiteboard segments and technique presentations by Tar Heel assistants.

    Coach Levy and her assistants take you through a fast-paced, high-energy practice from warm-ups to 7-on-7 play. She shows how to keep everyone moving with lots of one player/one ball drills that simulate game-like competitive situations.

    This DVD set is bursting with three full hours of footage, featuring:

    • Assistant Katrina Dowd, a U.S. National Team member, who makes stick work addictively fun with a fast-paced, partner-passing clinic that incorporates shot fakes, behind-the-back passes, hip-level "Twizzler" throws, and more;
    • Assistant Phil Barnes, who explains the importance of mastering the "J"-shaped defensive approach to control an offensive player without drawing a shooting space violation; Barnes builds individual on- and off-ball techniques that make up a shut-down defense;
    • Fun, high-touch drills like an odd-man ground ball near the boundary technique or a two-on-two attacking and defending around the crease drill designed to challenge a player's ability to analyze and react to game-like situations
    • Whiteboard schematics for North Carolina's transition patterns and how they're used to set up high-percentage two-on-one scoring opportunities.

    Coach Levy's stick work and footwork warm-ups demand precise execution. Careful attention is given to stick position when passing and catching to ensure that each player maintains the"Triple Threat" position. From there, the practice evolves into short, intense drills that simulate game-like situations, building to a half-field settled offense. Combining the advanced techniques taught in partner passing with attack drills, Levy uses 3v2 to allow players to work on timing and shooting at game speed. These concepts are further developed with the 5v4 fast break drill. The 7v7 is demonstrated to teach the motion offense from a 4-2-1 formation. Cutaways illuminate the staff's approach to essential individual technique like marking a cutter, pick play on the crease, and creating good stick protection skills.

    Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best in the game! Coach Levy's practice is a gold mine for teams at any level and any offensive or defensive philosophy.

    197 minutes (2 DVDs). 2013.

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    with John Danowski, Duke University Head Coach;
    3x NCAA champions, including back-to-back seasons (2013-14); 2x NCAA Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year;
    seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles;
    Team USA Head Coach; 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship (Gold medal)

    Learn critical lacrosse skills from national championship coach John Danowski!

    In this video, Danowski speaks directly to the athlete emphasizing the importance of hard work in practice and on your own.

    Danowski covers a wide variety of concepts, drills and techniques that are vital to developing the ultimate attackman. Danowski shows concepts such as receiving the ball, playing around the crease, protecting the ball, handling ground balls, field positioning, transition, inside shooting, pick plays and playing without the ball.

    Each technique is demonstrated at full speed and shown again in slow motion. Coaches can use this video to model technique to their athletes.

    Executing these technique with speed and precision will help you become a championship attackman.

    45 minutes. 2009.

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    with Brooke Eubanks,
    University of California-Berkeley Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    former Stanford University Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    3x member of the Canadian National Team; scored 12 goals for the 3rd place 2009 World Cup Tournament team

    Through a series of four drills, learn to implement an offensive motion concept that is successful against a zone defense. Utilizing a whiteboard and on-field sessions, Brooke Eubanks shows you how to progressively teach the stickwork, movement, and spacing fundamentals to make your team more effective in finding and utilizing the open spaces a zone defense can concede.

    Eubanks breaks down offensive movement training in stages, stickwork, through 2v2 on half, 3v3 behind, and finally to live 7v7 with and without defenders.

    Stickwork and Movement

    One of the keys to breaking a zone defense is effective, efficient, and purposeful ball movement. Concepts covered include:

    • How the "two-pass" and the skip "two-pass" makes defensive adjustments longer and your offense more difficult to defend.
    • How to collapse a defense with a drive and a "two-pass" and how this quick ball movement creates space and opportunity.
    • How properly-timed cuts further facilitate the creation of opportunities.

    Competitive Build Up

    Learn a 3v2 to 5v4 build up drill that enhances the stickwork and movement fundamentals learned by creating a competitive environment. Eubanks show how spacing and ball movement within the formation helps collapse and wear down a defense. You'll learn efficient attack techniques that emphasize keeping space around the defenders and getting into good shot positions while maintaining the space created.

    Attacking the Zone

    Bring the concepts together in a full play 7v7 offense against a zone defense. Eubanks walks through how players need to be able to drive and handle pressure while looking for an open teammate.

    You will also learn to teach your players opposite the ball to best utilize the space created by their teammates making "sacrificial cuts" by getting into areas off-the-goal where the goalie is not likely to defend.

    This video does a great job breaking down offensive movement, starting small and moving through to 7v7, to show how to look for and create offensive opportunities against the zone.

    54 minutes. 2018.

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    with John Danowski, Duke University Head Coach;
    3x NCAA champions, including back-to-back seasons (2013-14); 2x NCAA Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year;
    seven ACC regular season titles and four ACC tournament titles;
    Team USA Head Coach; 2018 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Men's World Championship (Gold medal)

    and Matt Danowski, Duke University Assistant Coach;
    member of the Charlotte Hounds (MLL), 6x MLL All-Star and was named to the All-MLL team in 2010 and 2011; 4x All American at Duke, 2007 Consensus NCAA Player of the Year, NCAA All-Time leading scorer

    Going beyond basic attack position techniques, Matt Danowski, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer, teaches the attack standards that he has developed into a proven attack philosophy. Using whiteboard explanations and on-field demonstrations, Coach Danowski explains how to play the attack position using the Duke standards of play. These include receiving the ball under pressure, protecting the ball, dodging with head up while looking to feed, getting open and creating space.

    Coach Danowski gives standards for protecting your stick using footwork and correct hand and body positioning. Focusing on-ball and off-ball movements, the progression of drills presented here, including C-cuts, S-cuts and Fish Hook cuts, will strengthen your players' ability to control the ball. This simple, commonsense approach to playing the attack position provides an easy-to-follow strategy that will greatly improve all aspects of your offense.

    Attacking the goal from behind the net is covered with several options to increase scoring opportunities. These drills will prepare you to successfully react to the actions of the defense. Discover how to play from behind and attack the goal. Know where to carry your stick and create separation. Learn how to read the defender to know when to use a Step Away Shot, Rocker Step, or Inside Roll. Using these methods, your attack will be better prepared to respond to the actions of the defense.

    Coach Danowski discusses how to look inside, look through for the skip pass or look forward all while handling a double team or slide. He then takes the viewer through a series of cuts, explaining how to get open using them and which cut works best with specific dodgers and their position.

    This comprehensive video also covers situational needs. Coach Danowski shows attackers where to line up on face-offs while the ball is in the defensive end and when approaching on the fast break. He then describes and demonstrates how attackers should move on loose ground balls off a face-off, how to follow the defense's slide to the fast break and how to receive the ball in a scoring area. Finally, he discusses how to play the ride and force the defense to throw over the top to delay the clear and increase the chance for mistakes.

    This is a must-have video for any coach or athlete who wants to rise to Duke's successful level of play. Using the drills and methods shown here will provide a foundational balance for your attack men. Working from a standard game plan, your attack will soon develop into an effective, efficient offense.

    59 minutes. 2014.

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  • 10/12/18--22:00: The Backer Zone Defense
  • with Scott Tucker,
    Limestone College Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    winningest active coach in NCAA Division II women's lacrosse;
    NCAA DII National Runners-Up (2011, 2013);
    2006 Inside Lacrosse Division II National Coach of the Year;
    13x Conference Carolinas Champions (2004-17);
    11x Conference Carolinas Coach of the Year - including 7 straight honors (2011-17); Team Canada U-19 Assistant Coach - 2011 World Cup Bronze Medal

    Whether you run a man to man or zone The Backer Zone Defense will be a valuable addition to your defensive arsenal.

    In this detailed lacrosse DVD, Scott Tucker goes into great detail in explaining the principles of his highly successful Backer Zone defense. Using whiteboard and on field demonstrations he explains how this high pressure defense can help your team in both man up and man down situations.

    This high pressure defense stops the dodging or isolation offense so popular today. It allows your players to take risks knowing they have the security of a backer in place. This enables your team to force the offense out of its comfort zone and to change their game plan to deal with your defense instead of vice versa.

    Coach Tucker starts by describing the rationale behind this defense and discusses the type of players you should look for to implement the Backer Zone to its full potential. In his whiteboard presentation, Tucker's attention to detail is evident. He goes into each player's responsibilities as on-ball defenders and the proper positioning of off-ball defenders. He also discusses how to deal with offensive players in different positions on the field.

    Moving to the field, Tucker continues to illustrate key points in the Backer Zone. This will allow you to see how the defense is actually run during live exercises. He points out where players should be depending on the ball movement of the offense.

    This defense will be a great addition to any team's arsenal and is a must for any coach looking to gain an advantage on the defensive side of the field.

    42 minutes. 2012.

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    with Mike Faith,
    Franklin & Marshall Head Women's Lacrosse Coach;
    Back-to-Back NCAA DIII Final Four appearances (2016-17);
    2x Centennial Conference Champions (2017 & 2015);
    former Elizabethtown College Head Coach,
    2x Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Champs and 2x MAC Coach of the Year;
    Division III All-American midfielder at Salisbury University

    While competing in one of the most competitive lacrosse conferences in Division III and an always challenging non-conference schedule, the Franklin and Marshall women's lacrosse team never seems to have issues finding the back of the net, averaging at least 12 goals per game during the entirety of Mike Faith's tenure. This video offers a unique perspective as to how the Diplomats consistently score goals despite playing against top-tier competition.

    Many offenses quickly become overly complex, causing confusion and frustration. As a result, players fall back to their comfort zone skills and play like seven individual players instead of a team. In this video, Coach Faith teaches two offensive concepts that are simple enough for the beginning player to grasp, yet flexible enough to work at the college level.

    Easy to follow whiteboard explanations followed by clear and well-paced live video will give you the confidence you need to present these offenses to you team. Additionally, a full set of supporting drills will break down the offensive skills your players need to execute effortlessly during games.

    Basic Motion Offense

    This offense highlights your players' athleticism and dodging skills. Coach Faith walks through the concepts of the basic motion offense and shows how to divide the attack unit into groups, and how these groups work with each other. These fundamentals of the offense are worked on in a series of drills that teach and emphasize the movements and passing that will make this offense work for you. See players work on a variety of position-specific movements/dodges that help make them successful in this offense. The understanding of what's presented will enable the development of variations of this basic offense.

    Stacking/Screening Offense

    Coach Faith walks through the concepts of a basic stack, or screening offense. Understand how the implementation of this offense can create congestion and confusion in the attack zone by setting screens and picks both on- and off-ball. Many defenses simply cannot handle that level of confusion and congestion. Through a series of three drills, Faith teaches a few of these movements that will help your team create and capitalize on opportunities. Emphasis is placed on ball movement and spacing to create open looks off feeds.

    Coach Faith outlines two separate, yet complementary offenses that your players can learn and implement quickly, freeing you to move onto teaching the finer points of the game without wasting time putting in complicated and confusing offensive schemes.

    40 minutes. 2017.

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    with Steve Wagner,
    College at Brockport Head Women's Lacrosse Coach; 2016 SUNYAC Coach of the Year

    Fast breaks and well-executed transitions can put your opponent on their heels, but many teams squander this opportunity. With a sound knowledge of spacing and various formations, you can improve your likelihood of scoring off a fast break.

    Brockport head coach Steve Wagner walks you through both white board illustrations and on-field demonstrations of progressive spacing and formation drills. These drills will help you create a 2v1 situation and optimize your fast break transition scoring - while not allowing your opponents to operate in fast break situations.

    Develop a Fast Break Using Game-like Drills

    Utilizing full-field drills involving players at all positions, Coach Wagner demonstrates the need for fast ball movement, faster off-ball movement, and making fast decisions as cornerstones of an effective fast break. All drills emphasize the need to establish proper spacing, use cuts that are timed properly and play effectively away from the ball in order to have the most effective possible fast break.

    The progressive drills in this video allow you to develop and improve your team's transition at an appropriate pace. Wagner's progressive "Spaces" drill teaches players how to position themselves in spaces that allow for various formations, which lead to a 2v1. This drill also allows the defense to perfect their slides, hands on the ball handler, and man-down communication skills. Wagner reviews the drill stages, reinforcing some of the key priorities of each.

    • 2v1 Straight Line - Builds confidence in your attacks and middies with an understanding of basic structure, while defenders and goalies work on forcing a hard pass.
    • 3v2 Triangle - Establishing a triangle on the field will allow your offense to take advantage of the man up situation. Meanwhile, the defense works on slides and stick position.
    • 4v3 Box - Teaches players to look to the open player for the easy pass and then a drive against the sliding defender.
    • 5v4 Dice - Formation establishes an offensive player "occupying space" in the 8M and her teammates in a box formation to take advantage of the open player pass, then a drive to goal scenario.

    Other drills include:

    • One Minute Drill (Speed/Reps) - Wagner utilizes a faster-paced drill that allows for more repetition, yet incorporates the same shapes/ formation principles to help create and find the 2v1 opportunity.
    • Scramble Drill (Game Realistic) - Lastly, Wagner introduces a 6v6 Scramble drill, where all the concepts and formations learned in the more controlled transition drills are executed in a game-like setting.

    Oftentimes, teams practice attacking fast breaks without taking the time to work with a defensive scheme during fast breaks against them. By incorporating defensive personnel into drills, Coach Wagner offers the opportunity to develop fast break defense by emphasizing communication, sliding, and teamwork in order to make a fast break offense work harder to generate shots on goal during a fast break situation.

    71 minutes. 2017.

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