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