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Face Offs And Wing Play

Face Offs And Wing Play



How the face-off can change the face of a lacrosse game.

How the face-off can change the face of a lacrosse game.



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    • Face-Offs and Wing Play
      Why 10 seconds can mean so much……
    • Introductions
      Instant Offense
      Stop The Break
      Personnel & Strategy
      In-Game Adjustments (Rock / Paper / Scissors)
      Conclusion / Questions
    • Fast Break Opportunities
      Standard “L” Break
      Familiar to everyone
      Easy to teach and execute
      FOGO must pop the ball to the correct side
      Defenses are familiar with defending it
      Limited space to work the break
      Instant Offense
    • Flat Break
      Can be executed in a single pass
      Defenses are less familiar with defending it
      Multiple options
      Gives FOGO room to execute – can be run from wherever he pops the ball
      Less room for attack to work – superior stickwork required
      Not every situation the same – more communication needed
      Instant Offense
    • Flat Break off the draw
    • Even Strength – Still OK to push if…
      FOGO is a strong dodger/shooter
      Solid off-ball movement
      Defense is packed in
      Instant Offense
    • Take Advantage of Illegal Procedure Rule
      Don’t sub when awarded the ball after a false start
      Resulting 6 on 5 a great chance to score
      Instant Offense
    • Goal off of Procedure Call
    • Advantages from Subbing at the X
      Room to work (“I”)
      Trapping FOGO and O-Mids on defense
      Instant Offense
    • Take Advantage of Subbing at the X
    • Points of Emphasis
      - Identify situation with a call “Scramble”.
      - “Scramble” situations are any point in a game when the offense is attacking with more players than we have defending.
      - Fast break, EMO vs. MDD, 2 on 1, etc.
      - Not what you are willing to defend, it’s what you are willing to give up.
      -Defense must get into the crease area “hole” and play out from here.
      Stop the Break
    • Set up in a triangle position with poles. Identify point defender.
      Keep sticks up and inside. Point man keep stick up field in pass back lane “Buckeye”.
      Objective for point defender is to force an inopportune shot or deflect “Buckeye” pass.
      Force ball carrier down the alley.
      Point man slides towards back shoulder off ball carrier to play angle properly
      Stop the L Break
    • Poles rotate to fill position, much like regular 6 v 6 team defense.
      Point defender must recover with stick in closest passing lane.
      Stop the L Break cont.
    • Stop the Break
    • Stop the Break
    • Points of Emphasis
      Defensive pole set up inside their man.
      Defenseman closest to the ball will slide to the ball carrier when necessary.
      Nearest man will fill the voided space and collapse on the pass.
      Stop the Flat Break
    • Challenge shooters with a high arc.
      -Determine L Break or Flat Break
      -Determines point man’s position. “Push out, drop in, move left” etc.
      -Determine when defense is to rotate.
      Goalie Responsibilities
    • “Keep it Dirty” – Failure to Advance Rule
      Ultimate pride in picking up ground balls after a face-off loss
      “Dog” the FOGO
      Where, when, and why
      Before a Touch
      He’s not the best ball-handler
      Stop the Break
    • Defense must rotate to fill, very similar to sliding just like in a regular 6 v 6 team defense.
      Objective is to make offense due everything correct in order to score.
      Keep sticks up and in potential passing lanes.
      Force offense into doing things before they are ready to do them.
    • Personnel
      Who’s the best for the situation?
      Which FOGO?
      How many poles/shorts?
      O-Middies or D-Middies
      Each position’s responsibilities
      Player development opportunities
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Strategy
      Possession – Owning the Tempo
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Owning the Tempo - Possession
    • Breaks – Jump Starting the Offense
      When do we want to do this?
      What tells us we can?
      What are the risks? rewards?
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Jump Starting the Offense
    • Make It 50/50 – Minimize Effective Opposing FOGO
      Put the ball out in space and involve your wing players
      Creating 50/50 chances allows your athletes to compete for the ball.
      Personnel & Strategy
    • 50/50 Ground Balls
    • Lock the Wings
      Press out on everyone when he carries the ball into the defensive zone
      Put the onus on the face-off specialist to beat you
      More often than not, you wind up in a 6 on 6 situation – more comfortable than being down.
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Collapse on the FOGO – He doesn’t handle the ball well
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Jam His Best Move
      our guy has to counter their guy and generally make a mess of things
      Personnel & Strategy
    • Double Pole the Wings
      Elephant Package – when to use it
      Having two poles on the wings causes problems with starting a break or gaining possession.
      Personnel & Strategy
    • The Opening Draw – Setting the Tone
      Scoring in the first ten seconds is an emotional lift for any team
      Having a FOGO that can create a break off of the draw immediately causes additional concern on the opposing bench
      In-Game Adjustments
    • End of Period – Don’t Leave Money on the Table
      Use your advantage at the face-off X to press the issue at the end of the period
      Carrying momentum into the half or into the next period can be a huge lift
      In-Game Adjustments
    • Turning the Screws – Putting the game out of reach at the X
      Winning draw after draw frustrates the opponent, thus:
      More EMO chances
      More rushed shots – shorter time playing defense
      More hurried passes – breakdown in fundamentals
      In-Game Adjustments
    • Face-Off and Wing Strategy is as important a part of game day planning and preparation as any other facet of the game
      Offensive Advantages
      Defensive Preparation
      Having Well-Prepared Personnel
      Being Able to Make Adjustments On the Fly
    • Questions