Liz: Hi, my name is Liz Kittleman Jackson. I'm the head Lacrosse Coach at Columbia University. I'm here with Katie Chrest Erbe our Assistant Coach at Columbia and Kaitlyn Jackson with GameDay Lacrosse. Today we're going to talk about 2 key defensive drills to help you become a great defender. A really important aspect of defense is footwork. Most coaches will suggest that you get a ladder and you spend as much time on it as possible. This drill is great for working on your footwork, not allowing your attacker to get past you.
So, Katie would be approaching the line and Kaitlyn is going to make sure that she's moving her feet as quickly as possible from side to side so that Katie can not pass the line. That's a perfect example of how we play defense, you're not letting the attacker get past you. Another great really basic standard defensive drill are 1V1's. You've got to be a good 1V1 defender to be a helpful part of the defensive unit.
So, great drill as the attacker starts with the ball, typically off a pass, she comes in, the defender reads her, breaks her feet down, making contact and keeping her in the direction that she wants her to go. So, those are 2 great drills to work on your defense. They can be done anywhere and especially the 1V1's should be practiced from every point of the 8 meter.