Youth lacrosse in Shelburne, VT

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SEASON PRACTICE PLAN
GRADES 3-8 BOYS

 

Note- Below are sample practice plans for Boys Grades 3-8 for one season. The intent is to give coaches a starting point in planning practices.  The plans will need to be adjusted depending on the age of players.  The sample plans include instruction on the major individual skills and team play concepts that would be appropriate for youth lacrosse.  There are 15 practices.

 
PRACTICE ONE
 
NOTE-
This is an indoor practice and will be for 1 hour and one-half
 
PART 1 – INTRODUCTIONS (15 minutes)
Coach and player introductions.  Players take some laps to tire them out.  Explanation of goals of the program (philosophy), Code of Conduct (ROOTS), ELM, and Filling the emotional Tank.  Distribute letter explaining policies.
 
PART 2- INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
A)Explanation of throwing and catching. (15 minutes)
Drills are:  Partner Pass (Righty) and 3 Man Box
 
b) Explanation of scooping technique (ground balls) (15 minutes)
Drills are : Individual Scooping and Cradling (righty and lefty)  and 1 v1 With Slight Pressure
 
c)Explanation of Cradling – 2 handed and 1 handed. (10 minutes)
Drill is Cradling Lines (one handed and two handed-righty and lefty)
 
d)Review of Rules (15 minutes)
Personal Fouls
(Demonstrate rule violations)
 
e)Explanation of the bull dodge, face dodge, inside and out dodge, and inside and out dodge with a stick fake (20 minutes)
Drill is Passive Resistance Dodging drill.
 
 
PRACTICE TWO
 
NOTE-
This is an indoor practice and will be for 1 hour and one-half
 
 INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
A)Review  throwing and catching. (15 minutes)
Focus on catching to the offside (both high and low)
Drills are:  Partner Pass (Righty)- have players try to throw to off-side.
  3 Man Box
 
 
b) Review scooping technique (ground balls) (15 minutes)
Drills are : Individual Scooping and Cradling (righty and lefty)  and 1 v1 With Slight Pressure
 
c)Explanation of Cradling – 2 handed and 1 handed. (15 minutes)
Drill is Cradling Lines (one handed and two handed-righty and lefty)
Spinning wheel
 
d)Explanation of the split dodge. (15 minutes)
Drill is passive resistance dodging drill.
 
e)Review of Rules (15 minutes)
Technical Fouls
(Demonstrate rule violations)
 
 
f)Line drills (15 minutes)
Right on right passing
Ground balls to
 

 
PRACTICE THREE
 
NOTE-
This may be an indoor or outdoor practice and will be for 1 hour.
 
 INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
A)Throwing and catching. (15 minutes)
Focus on throwing and  catching lefty
Drills are:  Partner Pass  lefty and righty
Line drill-  right to right and left to left
 
 
b) Review scooping technique (ground balls) (10 minutes)
Drills  are Ground balls to and ground balls away
 
c)Explanation of switching hands– 2 handed and 1 handed and roll back (15 minutes)
Drill is magic hands and Stationary Roll Back Drill
 
d)Explanation of the roll dodge (10 minutes)
Drill is passive resistance dodging drill.
 
e)Defense- Explain poke check and shuffling (10 minutes)
Drill  is Poke Check Drill
 

PRACTICE FOUR
 
Note-
This is an outdoor practice and is designed for one hour and one-half.
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and catching. (10 minutes)
Review throwing and catching
Drill is 3 Man Box.
After 5 few minutes have them catch to the outside
 
b)Ground Balls- (10 minutes)
Review scooping
1 V 0 Ground Balls
 
c)Cradling (5 minutes)
Review Cradling.
Team Cradling Drill
 
d)Dodging (10 minutes)
Explain change of direction dodge.
Drill is Change of Direction dodge Drill (left handed and right handed).
 
e)Off-Ball Play (10 min)
V Cut Drill
 

TEAM SKILLS
 
(a)Transition Offense and Defense (15 minutes)
 
2 ON 1
 
(b)Settled Offense (30 minutes)
 Settled Offense Drill (focus on the set up, adjacent passes, v cuts, and beating a defender one on one)
 
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
None
 
PRACTICE 5
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and catching. Explain catching over the shoulder. (10 minutes)
Line drill- Over the shoulder
 
b)Ground Balls  (15 minutes)
End Line Ground Balls
1 v 0 Ground Balls
2 v 0 Ground Balls
 
c)Defense (10 minutes)
Zig Zag Drill
 
d)Dodging (10 minutes)
1 v 1 from in front of the goal
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
a) Transition Offense and Defense (15 minutes)
2 ON 1
 
b)Settled Defense (20 minutes)
Defensive Bingo Game
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
None
 

PRACTICE 6
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Cradling/protecting the ball (5 minutes)
Stationary roll back drill
 
b)Throwing and Catching (15 minutes)
Partner Pass (with a roll back)
3 Man Box
3 Man Box with sticks to the outside
 
b)Ground Balls (10 minutes)
2  V 1 Ground Ball (man ball drill)
 
c)Dodging- (10 minutes)
Line Drill- Dummy Dodging (coach tells players what dodge to do)
 
d)Off Ball Play (15 minutes)
(Review V Cut)
Give and go (with a v cut)
Give and go (with a backdoor cut)
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense
 
a)Defensive Clear When Goalie starts with the Ball (20 minutes)
Defensive Clear When a Defender starts with the Ball
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (15 minutes)

 
PRACTICE  7
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and Catching- Review catching over the shoulder (10 minutes)
Drill is Partner Over the Shoulder
 
b)Ground Balls (5 minutes)
End Line Ground Balls (righty and lefty)
 
c)Dodging- (10 minutes)
Change of Direction dodge drill
2 handed and 1 handed.
 
d)Face Offs (10)
Explain face offs- Clamp, Rake, Jump
Drill is Face Off
 
e)Off Ball Play (15 minutes)
Give and go (with a v cut)
Give and go (with a backdoor cut)
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense-
 
3 on 2 (15 minutes)
 
Going to the Hole Drill (15 minutes)
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (10 minutes)


PRACTICE 8
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and Catching-(10 minutes)
Two Man Passing Downfield
 
 b)Ground Balls (15 minutes)
2 v 1 Ground Balls – Man Ball
 
c)Defense (10 minutes)
Defensive footwork
Zig Zag Drill
 
c)Dodging- (15 minutes)
Review Split Dodge- both righty and lefty
Lane Drill (Split Dodge and Change of Direction Dodge)
1 v 1 From in Back of the Goal
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense-
 
Riding Drill (20 minutes)
 
Settled Offense (20 minutes)
 
Settled Offense Play -Dingo
Settled Offense Play- Coyote
(See the Shelburne Lacrosse Playbook for a description of these plays) 

 
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
None
 
 
PRACTICE 9
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
 a)Shooting (10 min)
Feed and Shoot
Explain shooting technique (overhand and bounce shot)
 
b)Dodging- (15 minutes)
Z Dodge Drill
1 v 1 From in Front of the Goal
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense-
 
3 on 2 (10 minutes)
 
Settled Defense (20 minutes)
 
Man Down Defense Drill
 
Settled Offense (20 minutes)
 
Settled Offense Play - Gazelle

 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (15 minutes)
 

PRACTICE 10
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and Catching-(10 minutes)
3 Man Box
3 man Box With Sticks to Outside
 
 b)Ground Balls (10 minutes)
2 V 1 Ground Balls
 
c)Cradling (5 minutes)
Team Cradling Drill
 
d)Dodging- (15 minutes)
Z Dodge Drill
Change of Direction Dodge Drill (one handed)
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense-
 
4 on 3 Fast Break Drill (20 minutes)
 
a)Defensive Clear When Goalie starts with the Ball (20 minutes)
Defensive Clear When a Defender starts with the Ball
(Add in Riders)
 
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY (10 minutes)
Scrimmage
 
PRACTICE 11
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and Catching-(10 minutes)
Quick Stick
 
b)Ground Balls (10 minutes)
1 v 1 Scooping With Outlet
 
c) Shooting (10 minutes)
Feed and Shoot (explain quick stick technique)
 
c)Off-Ball Play (10 minutes)
Midfield Sweep Drill
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Offense and Defense-
 
4 on 3 Fast Break (15 minutes)
 
 
Settled Offense (20 minutes)
 
Settled Offense Play - Panther
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage  (15 min.)
 
 
PRACTICE 12
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Throwing and Catching-(10 minutes)
Quick Stick
 
b)Off ball Play (10 min)
Midfield Sweep Drill
 
c)Dodging (15 min)
Question Mark/Inside Roll/Rocker Dodge Drill
 
d)Defense (20 min)
Defensive Slide Drill 
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Settled Offense (20 min)
 
Settled Offense Play # 1 (Midfield Sweep) (Broom)
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (15 min)

PRACTICE 13
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Shooting (10 min)
Pump Fake Shooting Drill
 
b)Off ball Play (15 min)
Setting an On-Ball Pick
Setting an Off-Ball Pick
 
c)Dodging (15 min)
Question Mark/Inside Roll/Rocker Dodge Drill
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Settled Offense (20 min)
 
Settled Offense Plays- Gazelle and Panther
 
Settled Defense (20 minutes)
 
Adjacent Slide Drill
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (10 min)

 
PRACTICE 14
 
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Shooting (10 min)
Feed and Shoot (review quick stick technique)
 
b)Off ball Play (15 min)
Setting an On-Ball Pick
Setting an Off-Ball Pick
Pick and Roll
 
c)Dodging (15 min)
Split dodge- One Handed
Passive Resistance Dodging Drill
 
d)Defense (15 min)
Hold and Off-Hand Hold (explain holds)
Drill is- On Ball Defense From Up Top
 
e)Defense (15 Min)
Lift Check/Slap Check/One-Handed Wrap Check Drill
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Settled Offense (20 min)
 
Settled Offense Plays- Dingo  and Coyote
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
None
 
PRACTICE 15
 
INDIVIDUAL SKILLS
 
a)Off Ball Play
Motion Clear Out Drill (10 minutes)
 
b)Defense (10 min)
Hold and Off-Hand Hold (explain holds)
Drill is- On Ball Defense From Up Top
 
 
TEAM SKILLS
 
Transition Play
 
4 on 3 Fast Break Drill (20 min)
 
Four Man Break Out Drill (15 min)
 
Defense-
Adjacent Slide Drill (25 min)
 
 
FINISHING ACTIVITY
 
Scrimmage (10 minutes)