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Transition and Build-Up Drills

Transition and Build-Up drills are uneven sided, or even sided drills that become uneven.  Transition indicates uneven play while build-up indicates a drill that starts small and players are added as the drill progresses.  Transition drills teach all of the basic lacrosse skills with the added benefit of being very fast and forcing players to anticipate and adjust to unorganized and chaotic play. There should be a ton of hidden conditioning in all of these drills, if run properly.

These drills, take specific skills learned in Skillz Drills and 3v2 drills and expand on them.

On offense the Three Rules of Transition are still, very much apparent.  

1: Get ahead of the ball: Off ball players must get ahead of the ball to be an effective part of the play.

2: Get Covered: Ball carrier must get a defensive player to commit to covering them, and thus leaving the odd player open.

3: Move The Ball: Once covered, the ball carrier MUST move the ball.


Offense skills:  

  • Sticks to the outside
    • Passes and catches made with the proper hand
    • Challenge them with their stick skills
  • Carries, and drives to get covered
    • NOT dodging
    • Players learn to fill with carries
  • Competitive ground balls
  • Quick play, passes, and shooting


Defensive Skills:

  • Communication
    • “BALL”
    • “TWO”
    • Be loud!
  • Positioning
    • Butt down, chest up
    • Not allowing the middle
    • Sticks in passing lanes