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Lacrosse Coaches

This page is dedicated to compiling valuable resources for coaches to be more effective communicators, teachers and mentors.

Practice Planning

At Homegrown we believe it is of the utmost importance for coaches to come to practice organized and with a plan. This is imperative to player development and also your team's development throughout the season. Below is a practice plan template that we would like to share that outlines our philosophy on practice planning.

There are a handful of drills out there that will benefit your players and team. We recommend creating your own "drill bank," which ideally includes diagrams of all the drills that your team can run at practice. This is incredibly helpful in practice planning because it allows you to filter through a number of drills in a timely fashion. Below is a blank field template which you can use to diagram drills and schemes that can be saved in your "drill bank." 

Team Goal Setting

Building team chemistry can sometimes be difficult for a variety of reasons. Below is a series of small group discussion questions used by the Loyal University Greyhounds  (NCAA D-1 Champions '12) in hopes of developing team chemistry for players and coaches alike. We recommend you tailor these questions to your team in order to build a strong team-first environment for your program.

On top of engaging in challenging and exciting on field sessions designed to develop on-field skills, above is a document of weekly goal setting exercises that put the whole playing experience into perspective.

Taking a moment to reflect on your past experiences is always beneficial for players. Especially, those who are continually trying to develop into better athletes and people. Above is a series of questions designed to help your players reflect on the past season and also get them thinking about the things they can do in the off-season to help them in the future. 

Health and Safety Resources

-Warm Ups- Sample dynamic warm up

-Guide on importance of post workout stretches 
-Examples of stretches 

Concussion resources for identifying and managing concussions
-CDC, includes ineractive concussion training
-ImPact, comprehensive overview for each stage in the concussion process
-NFHS, free course on the subject of concussions 

Injuries - Resources for dealing with injuries 
Virtual Clinic - Website detailing hundreds of injuries 


Duke - Archive of men's drills, coaching philosophy, and strength and agility programs explained by Duke (men's)

U.S. Lacrosse - Archive of men's and womens lacrosse drills 

Notre Dame - Videos demonstrating drills run by Notre Dame (men's)

Youth Drills - Most basic drills, suitable for every level 

Women's Drills - Several drills for women's lacrosse 

Goalie Drills - Drills for goalies 

Assorted drills - Faceoffs, shooting, dodging, and wall ball

Face Off Drills - Essential Faceoff Drills for FOGOs 

Lax Coach Mike - Various podcasts, articles, and drills for coaches at every level

Salisbury Shooting Drills - videos of several shooting drills done by perennial D-3 power Salisbury

Men's Lacrosse Strategies

  • 2-3-1 Offense - Video explaining the most basic offense 
  • Offensive Overview - Overview of basic lacrosse offenses 
  • Rides - Overview of basic rides and techniques, includes drills 
  • Clears- Overview of basic clears and techniques, includes drills 
  • Man Up - Overview of the man up offense 
  • Zone Defense - Powerpoint on the basics of a zone defense (download)
  • Slides - Video demonstrating proper defensive slides   
  • Duke - Archive of men's drills, coaching philosophy, strategies and strength and agility programs explained by Duke (men's)
  • Lax Film Room - YouTube videos breaking down various offensive and defensive strategies

Women's Strategies

Defensive Strategy - PowerPoint outlining basic defensive strategy (download)

Offensive Strategy - Document outlining basic offensive strategy (download)


Recommended Reading List for Coaches


Learning from other's techniques is an incredibly valuable tool in building and refining your own coaching philosophy. We've compiled a list of books and readings that may help you grow as a coach and mentor. The list varies in content, spanning coaching philosophies, autobiographies, or lacrosse skills and schemes:


  • “The Winner Within: A Life Plan for Team Players,” by Pat Riley
  • “Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization” by John Wooden
  • “Wooden: A Lifetime of Observation and Reflections On and Off the Court” by John Wooden
  • “How Good Do You Want to Be?: A Champion's Tips on How to Lead and Succeed at Work and in Life” by Nick Saban
  • “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership,” James C. Hunter
  • “Season of Life: A Football Star, A Boy, A Journey to Manhood” by Joe Ehrmann
  • “InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives” by Joe Ehrmann
  • “Win Forever: Live, Work and Play Like a Champion” by Pete Carroll
  • “Lacrosse: Technique and Tradition, The Second Edition of the Bob Scott Classic”   by Dave Pietramala

Pat Riley

Nick Saban

John Wooden

John Wooden

Additional Coaching Resources

GameChanger Lacrosse Podcast

 Game Changer Lacrosse Podcast  The GameChanger Lacrosse Podcast is about talking to people who have dedicated their life to the game of lacrosse and learning about who they are, how they got to where they are today, and what they do to improve themselves and their teams.

Coaching Articles

Chip Kelly on Practice Planning - Article on how NFL coach Chip Kelly plans his efficient practices

Rebuilding a Program - Article focusing on various college football coaches and how they rebuilt a losing program into a winner

7 Steps to Building a Team-First Culture - Article written by US Lacrosse on various principles to encourage a team-first culture