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I have learned so much from Coach Tony Seaman, he was coaching transition lacrosse long before it was as popular as we find today. In my recent podcast, Coach shared a new look on his traditional West Genny Drill that they use in practice at St. Andrews as well as the Denver Outlaws.

Most Coaches run variations of the West Genny 3V2 transition drill with players flying up and down a short field. You can run this drill with new defenders (2) entering the drill waiting in the defensive end, you might run this drill with offensive players sprinting back to play defense, with the last to touch on the offensive end out of the drill as three new offensive players enter the drill with a quick outlet pass from the goalie, or Bill Tierney runs a variation where the new defensive players enter the drill from midpoint in the short field, all kind of variations.[private]

A while back we had Coach Shriver offer a number of these variations, you can find them here off of this link, with descriptions and schematics. And they are also included in my first pdf eBook book on Transition Drills , (TD1) click here to see all the drills in my first transition drills eBook. You might want to review this to see the traditional variations and it may make it easier to understand the 5V4 look from Coach Seaman.

Article: Small Field 3V2 Lacrosse Drill

Traditional 3V2 W Genny….

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But in this case, Coach Seaman has added an element to the 3V2 look, in his words “To make it more game realistic, “ and our kids love it . It is the same drill, usually run on a short field. It might be sideleine to sideline with room behind the cages, or it might be a 50-yard field (Coach Seaman recommends for HS teams) or even Restraining Line to Restraining Line. But in this case the traditional 3V2 is now a 5V4. Cool eh?

To begin the drill we now have five lines of offensive players behind GLE dressed in Black Pennies (St. Andrews). On the far end of the short field are five lines of players, in the case of St. Andrews in White Pennies. The goalie makes an outlet pass to one of the five (Black Pennies) as they then sprint down the field. Entering the drill on the defensive end are four defenders, for the first time only, (Black Pennies) awaiting the five offensive players. And we play, in the words of Coach Seaman until “They Shoot it or Lose it,”

Following the shot the four (Black Pennies) defenders are now on offense, outlet pass from Goalie, and they sprint down the short field but with one additional player from the lines behind. The White Pennies now sprint down on defense, but the last player to touch, (White Penny) is out and they have only four coming back on defense and we play.

Goalie saves and 5 new White Pennies come down w 4 Black Pennies running back on defense.

So in general although there are a ton of variations: Following the quick shot or even a drop, the goalie makes a quick outlet pass to one of the five players who were in line behind the cage. And they sprint down the ‘Small Field.’ Now four players except the last player to touch, so now 4, touched the ball from the previous five, who were in the initial offensive break, now need to turn around and sprint back to play defense. So now you recognize the conditioning aspect of the drill. It is a run.

The new offensive players streaking from their lines in fast break 5v4 against the four players who have to sprint back on defense. Sometimes we might insert a new rule/variation, pass down pick down etc, I might insert this option to insure that the four defensive players really have a chance to get back. Or run it both ways.

Take five minutes and listen to Coach Seaman describe this drill in his own words, for all Free Members, click here then click Preview…
Love to get your comments below! Or mike@laxcoachmike.com


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