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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!


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