Skip to main content

Favorite Drills: Stickwork

With our most recent release now allowing our users to build their own drills, I wanted to give you all a quick look at some of our favorite drills. We'll start this series with a quick look at stickwork drills. Be sure to comment below with your favorite stickwork drills!


We often start our practices with L-Passing. To setup, we set stations along the sideline with groups of 3 players, each 10 yards apart. Set up a cone 5 yards out from the line of players. The ballcarrier will sprint to the cone and complete a maneuver before turning back to the line, passing the ball and filling the back spot of the line. We like L-passing because we can run any number of maneuvers to improve footwork and stickwork.

Top Variations (all can be flipped):

-Carry righty, turn to the bottom hand (left), pass righty.
-Carry righty, drop-step and fade to the right, pass righty.
-Carry righty, turn away to the right, pass lefty.

Partner Passing:

This is another top drill that we will use as part of our warm-up, especially on days where we will have a transition focused practice. The drill is as easy as it looks in the diagram. Set up two lines at about the football hash marks and exchange passes between two players the length of the field.

Top variations:

-Sticks outside passing
-Sticks inside passing
-All groundballs
-Groundball to pass.

3-Man Weave:

I will often use 3-man weave as a follow-up to 2-man passing. The outside lines should be the width of the lacrosse restraining lines, with all balls in the middle line. You can do similar variations as we did above in 2-man passing.

Top variations:

-Sticks outside passing
-Sticks inside passing
-All groundballs
-Groundball to pass.

Star Drill:

On days where we will have more of a half-field focus, we'll often start with the Star Drill. Before getting into a full star drill, we will usually have the boys work the ball around the horn.

-Moving ball clockwise, all righty. Minimal craddles. (reverse)
-Moving ball clockwise, catch left, roll away from pressure, throw right. (reverse)
-Star drill (shown above)

Hawk Drill:

I picked this one up at LaxCon 2020 back in January. In the variation above, sticks are all-right. Start with a pass from the line in the top-left to the lower goalie. After reaching the middle point of the field, #7 should break over the shoulder to receive a pass back before moving the ball to the line in the top-right. Players should always follow their passes.

As we look to build our drill repository, let us know your favorite stickwork drills in the comments below!


Popular posts from this blog

New Release: Team Schedules

Over the last year, we've built out the most complete lacrosse play designer available on the internet. We've helped teams across the country roll out their new plays so that their players can come to practice to apply their skills and knowledge immediately, rather than standing around and dry-running new plays. We've accomplished this while putting a lot of the team management and administration directly on the coach.

Now, we want to help you deliver your lacrosse play curriculum through your team's Schedule. Here's what you can expect from this new feature:

Create and Manage Game & Practice Events
The Schedule allows coaches and team administrators the ability to upload their game and practice schedules. In addition to the date, time and location of their lacrosse games and practices, coaches can also call out key objectives for that particular event.

__________________________________ Collect RSVPs As a coach of younger players, knowing what practice attend…

Share Public Plays with Free Accounts

Want to see a trick?

We're excited to announce that plays can now be shared and even embedded (like above) with your free Lacrosse Lab account. Sharing can be done by selecting the play options drop-down in "My Playbook." Select SHARE PLAY and navigate to the PUBLIC tab.

For now, you can share directly to Facebook and Twitter. You can also copy a direct link to share anywhere that you please!

For those of you that might be a little more "techy," you can also embed our play viewer on your site, just like I've shown above.

As always, let us know what you think and start SHARING!


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…