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Situational Team Defense: Strategies and Drills

with Barry Davis,
Rider University Head Coach; over 900 career wins;
3x MAAC Coach of the Year, 2x MAAC Tournament Champions;
former Gloucester County College Head Coach;
4x NJCAA Division III National Champions;
4x NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year;
member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2016);

Barry Davis takes you, play by play, through his playbook and how he drills defensive situations into his fielders. Through a series of drills, Davis focuses on eight baserunning situations that he feels are critical to success in the field. Using whiteboard breakdowns and on-the-field demonstrations, Davis shows you how to defend against runners trying to take an extra base, as well as bunt and situational defenses.

Defending Runners (Cuts, Relays and Rundowns)

Coach Davis takes you through the eight possible runner on base scenarios and how to defend each of them, no matter where the ball is hit. No matter where the runners are, your fielders will be prepared and know where to go with the ball. You'll view:

  • Cutoff drills - Fielders learn the importance of communication, efficiency, and accuracy while maximizing putouts.
  • Rundowns - Fielders learn to maximize outs during putouts while incorporating pitchers as effective defenders.

Bunt Defense

Prepare for those critical, game-changing bunt situations. As Davis explains, the bigger the game, the bigger the bunting game. Davis explains the typical bunt situations and how to defend them properly. When the game is close, the ability of your team to defend the bunt is often a determining factor in winning and losing.

Drills for Situational Defense

Learn six 'quick drill' variations to get all of your fielders situational reps, all in a quick (3-5 minute per drill) setting. Drills cover:

  • Different situations for bunt defense.
  • 3-1 put outs with the pitcher covering first base along with a bunt defense to third base.
  • The pick-off game at first base and third base, as well as middle infield DP feeds.
  • Double play combinations between the pitcher and the infielders.

Coach Davis puts a new spin on the classic 27 Outs drill that ties all the aspects of team defense together in one productive drill. Instead of using baserunners, Davis puts his team on the clock. The fielders must get the ball to the appropriate base in less than a designated time, or the defense is not credited with an out. Put pressure on your defense using the stopwatch!

Use this great video to learn how to develop an airtight defense!

130 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Developing an Offense to Beat a Man-to-Man Defense

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

As most coaches know, if you can't score you can't win games, and if you don't have players that are confident with the ball in their sticks in the 8/crease then you don't have confident shooters. Additionally, if you have an offense that is stagnant and not free flowing/thinking then it will be easy to defend.

Brook Eubanks uses a white board to diagram the various aspects of her offense, which helps to clarify points brought up on the field in practice. She breaks down the offense by starting small and building to full field play. She offers up pointers on her offensive philosophy and how to introduce a new offense to your team.

You'll see seven drills in this video. The drills start small, with stick work in specific areas of the offensive end, and progressively build into live 7v7 play.

Developing the Offense - A Philosophy

Coach Eubanks breaks down offensive movement training in stages: stick work, through 2v2 on half, 3v3 behind, and finally to live 7v7. Once the players have gained confidence with their sticks and with where they are supposed to be on the field, then the addition of defense is not as big of a deal.

Eubanks does a great job in practice sessions of reinforcing proper technique and form. During the flow of the drill, Coach Eubanks does a great job of speaking to what could be the natural progression of the drill, such as changing it from a continuous drill to a shooting drill.

Stickwork on the Offensive End

On the offensive end, players need to be able to handle the ball in tight spaces and have a general idea of movement in order to have a successful offense. By breaking things down into segments of the field (behind, right side of the 8, left side of the 8), Eubanks creates a fertile, easy to grasp learning environment. She shows natural progression of the offense, which helps players learn to recognize game-like situation opportunities and learn sound decision -making skills (like drive or pass to an open teammate).

2 v 2 - Half the 8 Meter / 3 v 3 behind

By breaking things down onto half the meter and behind, and incorporating defense, Eubanks' drill makes it more game-like and causes players to start thinking 'outside the box' and make decisions for themselves. It also allows players to see things in a smaller space, which is sometimes easier for the players to learn.

Coach Eubanks does a great job of creating a practice environment to allow skill reinforcement, situation training and 'lacrosse IQ' development so your players will be game-ready the next time they face man defense!

70 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Multi-Purpose Offensive Drills to Prepare for Game Situations

with Barry Davis,
Rider University Head Coach; over 900 career wins;
3x MAAC Coach of the Year, 2x MAAC Tournament Champions;
former Gloucester County College Head Coach;
4x NJCAA Division III National Champions;
4x NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year;
member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2016);

Rider University head coach Barry Davis has accumulated over 900 wins in his career. That may seem like a lot, but that number pales in comparison to the amount of practices that Coach Davis has conducted to collect that many victories!

In this video, Davis leans on his years of experience to bring you some of the offensive drills that serve as stalwarts in Rider practices. You'll get detailed explanations from Davis on each drill, including a live batting practice format that makes sure every player has something to do, a bunting progression that also incorporates baserunning, and a mini game that you can tweak to simulate different game situations. Also included is his intra-squad scrimmage blueprint.

Live Batting Practice

Don't waste valuable practice time by having players standing around waiting for their turn in the cage!

You'll see a full view of the field as Rider goes through a batting practice session that aims to incorporate as many people as possible. Not only will players get reps in the cage, they'll also get opportunities to run the bases and throw to different bags in the field thanks to added fungos between swings. Thanks to the presence of baserunners, batters can also be tasked by coaches to hit for specific scenarios, such as a grounder for a hit and run.

Additionally, Davis gives you some ideas for detail-oriented secondary drills that can be done in foul territory at the same time as main BP to help players improve skills such as bunting and fielding.

Bunting and Baserunning

Bunting practice will help your players work on executing bunts for certain situations while teaching runners to make reads on the base paths. Davis often has his team work on bunting to simulate moving a runner over from first or second base, as well as a safety squeeze scenario when a runner is on third. Using a pitching machine for bunting practice works well, but Davis adds that using a live coach can make it more game-like. Once his team has gone through every bunting scenario, Coach Davis likes to have them work on their "slash" (showing bunt, then pulling back and trying to put the ball in play) as well.

Mini Game and Intra-Squad

Coach Davis' mini game format stresses doing everything at full speed. Everything is as game-like as possible, minus a batting cage around home plate which forces runners to peel off when going from third base to home plate. The main rules for the mini game are as follows:

  • Start each inning with a runner on third and no outs.
  • The batters must always stay on the bases after putting the ball in play, even if they get out.
  • Coaches can always control where the runners are. (First and third is encouraged.)
  • Always have 0 or 1 outs - never 2. (To require more thinking.)

Finally, Davis runs through his format for intra-squad scrimmages. Rider's scrimmages are three innings long and runners always go on a 3-2 count.

If you're seeking drills that get players reps and also expose athletes to numerous game-like situations, this video from Coach Davis provides exercises that will become mainstays in your team's practices for years to come!

108 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

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Developing an Offense to Beat a Zone Defense

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.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions

Cover: leads and reads: aggressive baserunning drills
Leads and Reads: Aggressive Baserunning Drills

with Barry Davis,
Rider University Head Coach; over 900 career wins;
3x MAAC Coach of the Year, 2x MAAC Tournament Champions;
former Gloucester County College Head Coach;
4x NJCAA Division III National Champions;
4x NJCAA Division III National Coach of the Year;
member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame (2016);

Offense is more than just hitting the ball. Aggressive baserunning can be a key factor in putting pressure on the defense and scoring more runs. Barry Davis provides an informative resource for developing a team offense that can score a lot of runs by being aggressive on the base paths!

Using whiteboard breakdowns and on-the-field demonstrations, Davis presents six baserunning drills he uses to get his baserunners leading off aggressively and making good reads on batted balls. Davis explains the fundamental baserunning skills that all runners need, as well as lead-offs and baserunning reads, to put pressure on the opposing defense.

Fundamental Baserunning

Improve your fundamental baserunning ability with Davis' Fly Ball drill. This drill aims to help runners learn to read balls in the air and understand when to advance, tag, or stay.

The Cycle Drill will allow you to practice multiple baserunning situations, like hit and run, scoring from second, and scoring from third on a squeeze. This drill not only enhances a player's ability to read balls, it also improves cardiovascular conditioning

Leads

Be more efficient working on leads with Davis' Four-Corner drill. Have four pitchers on the mound and runners at each base working on their secondary leads. Pitchers can work on their slide steps and pick-off moves, while baserunners work to stretch their leads. Help your pitchers and baserunners work on:

  • Hit and run (vs. RHP and LHP)
  • Fake steal
  • Straight steal on first movement
  • Dirt ball read
  • Squeeze

Reads

Baserunners must make split second decisions on whether to retreat back to the bag and tag up, or advance if they don't think the ball will be caught. The quality of their decisions can be the difference between them being safe or out. Davis demonstrates a Reads drill and how to work on live reads during batting practice so it's not just your hitters who are maximizing the BP time. Manufacture more runs with runners at third base using three cues, depending on the game situation and defensive alignment:

  • Down angle
  • Past the pitcher
  • Through the infield

This is wonderful resource that allows, even in time-scarce practices, to teach and practice baserunning reads and advancements. By implementing teams drills explained in this resource, you'll not only develop players' baserunning instinct, you'll develop an aggressive offense that capitalizes on opponents' mistakes!

45 minutes. 2018.

DVD
Buy at Championship Productions


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