4v3 Dynamic

Lacrosse Field-Model

Set Up:
Set this drill up exactly as you did for 4v3 Static.

Running the Drill:
The difference that we have in this drill is that we are no longer staying stationary all of the time.  In this drill I want to add some off ball movement.  We run the drill just as we did with the 4v3 Static, but when the ball goes from O3 (in the above diagram) across to O2  and THEN down to O1, O3 will cut the middle of the field towards the ball carrier.  At the same time as the cut, O4 begins to “float” back up to the top right where O3 was originally.  O3 only cuts as far in as the near pipe and then backs away to the low right, always looking at the ball.  This is a v cut and with the “float” by O4 creates a “cycle” on the backside of the play.

Offensive Stress Points:

  • To get the ball to the low man (to allow the cut) the ball must be moved quickly from the top man.  If the top man receives a pass, hesitates and then passes low, the defense has had time to suck into the middle and take away any chance of a feed to the cutter.
  • Low men need to stay in passing lanes.  This means when the ball is with O3, low man O1 should be tight to the crease and Low man O4 should be wide.  As the ball moves across to O2, O1 should get wide and O4 should crash the back side of the crease.  This allows them to stay in the passing lane in the open space between D1 and D2 as they are making their slides.
  • Players need to learn to “Pre-Read” the defense before receiving the pass.  This means instead of just watching the ball move around, he needs to be able to see the defenders and know if he has a skip pass opportunity before he receives the pass.  If that is not possible he should immediately move the ball to the only open man which is usually the player he received the ball from.  Usually players catch the ball, then look at the defense, then make a decision and make the pass.  During the time it takes to make those decisions, the defense has made its slide.

Defensive Stress Point:

  • On Ball man always call “I got Ball”
  • Off ball players all need to shade towards their slide, but not allow a pass to their “check”.
  • Players should shuffle into their slide instead of committing fully by running at the ball carrier.  This allows them to recover if the ball is moved immediately.
  • The only time to fully commit is when you know you will be able to break up the play on the particular catch.
  • The idea is to make the offense make as many passes as possible to possibly make a bad pass.

This is a great drill to end warm ups before games to get the players working on thinking and moving the ball as quickly as possible.