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New Release: Box Lacrosse Play Design

As our user base grows, we're excited to be receiving such thoughtful feedback on the main page application, LacrosseLab.com. We want you, our customers, to really drive where we take Lacrosse Lab. We've quietly pushed out a few releases over the last couple of weeks to help improve the ease of your interaction with our lacrosse play designer.

Here's an update on a few of the things you may have missed:
Box Lacrosse We have a really engaged group of users up in Canada that enjoys our play designer but has been waiting for Box Lacrosse to become available. Ryan really worked hard to include this in our most recent release, but you will now find Box Lacrosse available in the Create Play introduction screen. Thank you for the kind words from our fans up in Canada!


Playbook Views As a coach, you will now be able to see where your players are engaged. See which plays are being studied and by whom. As a coach, I've loved how much engagement I am seeing from my players and th…

Offense: Two-Man Game

The Two-Man game is been gaining popularity in lacrosse in the last two decades. It benefits through its simplicity and its success. Watch any college lacrosse game, and you'll likely see two offenses frequently running the Two-Man game.

There are three guidelines to keep in mind while implementing a Two-Man game offense:
Create space in the dodge setup.Make the appropriate read in the Two-Man game.Maintain good backside spacing and off-ball movement. Setting Up the Two-Man The offense can set up through any formation that you can create pairs. You're most likely to see the Two-Man created out of 1-4-1, Deuces (2-2-2) and as has become very popular recently, the 3-1-2. We are more used to seeing this offense run through an invert (bring middies behind), but it can really be initiated from anywhere on the field. 
In the Two-Man game, you will have, as you can probably guess, two players isolated. One will be our primary ball carrier and the other will be the picker.

Let's l…

Preparing for the Future (Release 4.0)

Ryan and I have been hard at work defining what Lacrosse Lab will become thanks to your feedback. This release features some major UX enhancements, with a focus on your mobile experience. Here's a quick look at what you will now see as a Team Coach:

Consolidated Team Playbook/My Playbook View We've decided to simplify your experience with managing your playbook. Keep all of your work-in-progress plays in your personal playbook. When you're ready to share them with your team, you can share them to your Team Playbook.
Simpler Add/Share Play Experience

When you're ready to share your play with your team, you will now find that command under our new + action button. Expect a few new features to make their way into this slot. For now, we'll keep those as a secret!
As always, we greatly appreciate your feedback and support. We're very excited for some of these updates and some of the features that this will enable us to deploy to you in the very near future. For now…

Lacrosse Basics: Man-Down Rotations

The post on Defense Basics got me all fired up to talk about man-down defense. As a former defenseman, this was easily my favorite part of the game. Lacrosse, like its cousin hockey, features power plays while the defending team serves penalties of 30 seconds, 1 minute or, in some rare circumstances, multiple minutes. Success on killing an extra-man opportunity is highly dependent on good communication, protecting the middle of the field and playing fast! Why Rotate? What's Wrong with Zone? Many teams in their early development will default to a zone scheme that is extremely vulnerable to a skilled and disciplined extra-man unit. In a pure zone defense, you will have your defense guarding areas of the field. Unfortunately, this is prone to be stretched and then overloaded. Take this simple example of defending a 2-3-1. The man-down unit can be beaten with a simple carry-reversal between Blue #5 and #6, leaving #6 with a shot on the doorstep. To adequately defend this, we require e…