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How to Run a Motion Offense in Women's Lacrosse

Learn how to run a motion offense from coaches at Gameday Lacrosse in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Liz Kittleman Jackson I'm the Head Lacrosse coach at Columbia University. I'm joined by Katie Chrest Erbe at Assistant Lacrosse Coach Columbia and Kaitlyn Jackson with GameDay Lacrosse.

Today we're going to talk about some of the building blocks of a motion offense. So, some of the most important things that you need to remember as an attacker is that you've got to keep the defense on your toes you want to make sure that their heads are spinning so that you can do what you want. So, one of the great ways to keep a defender on their toes is to make sure that you are moving the ball quickly.

If Kaitlyn and Katie are on the same team, they're moving the ball around the perimeter of the 8 meter or the 12 meter, they want to make sure that they're not just lobbing it back and forth but that they're really putting some pace on it so the defenders have to keep their heads moving. Another important component of a motion offense is to make sure that you're creating space for your teammates to be able to work. One good example of this, if Katies's passing the ball to Kaitlyn she doesn't want to just stand where she is.

Her defender can easily help shut Kaitlyn down. Once Katie passes the ball to Kaitlyn she wants to get out of this space so cutting doen and away from the ball is a good option. Another good way to create space for your teammate is passing the ball up top and cutting through the center of the 8, taking your defender out of the play. Again if Kaitlyn is just to pass the ball to Katie and stand where she is, that doesn't give Katie any space to challenge, and it also allows Kaitlyn's defender to help stop Katie. One thing that Katie wants to do once she receives the ball is read the timing of Kaitlyn's cut. As soon as Katie receives the ball, she wants to go full speed to goal making a dodge around her defender and finishing off with a shot.

One reason that it's really important that Kaitlyn and Katie know what each other are doing so they don't want to make their moves at the same exact time. If Kaitlyn passes the balls to Katie and Katie is dodging while Kaitlyn is cutting, it would be very easy for Katie's defender to pick up Katie is well. So, Katie needs to wait for Kaitlyn to get past her then make her dodge and go hard to goal. OK. So, always being a threat with the ball moving it quickly around the perimeter, not letting the defender's relax and feel as though they know exactly what's going on. Making sure that you're clearing space for your teammates who are challenging to goal and also reading when is the right time to dodge into the space that they've given you.

Those are some of the key components of a motion offense.

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