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7 Lacrosse Shooting Drills to Practice on Your Own

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 4, 2015 3:02:02 PM

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It isn’t easy to beat a top goalie like the New York Lizards’ Drew Adams, who stopped more than half of his opponents’ shots last season. But, it is possible. With regular practice of our lacrosse shooting drills this off-season, you too can become a dangerous goal scorer by spring.

What You’ll Need

  •          An open field
  •          A lacrosse cage
  •          A lacrosse stick
  •          10 lacrosse balls
  •          2 cones

Warm Up

Lacrosse shooting drills begin with, what else, shooting.

  •          Stand in line with the left post about five yards away from the cage
  •          Drop about 10 balls on the ground in front of you
  •          Line up your shoulders to the cage
  •          Scoop the ball and start shooting overhand focusing on proper technique
  •          Move to the opposite pipe and switch the stick to your weak hand
  •          Shoot 10 more times!

Lacrosse Shooting Drills That Develop Dangerous Goal Scorers

Proper mechanics is one thing all great lacrosse shooters have in common. These players are not born with perfect form, however. It’s developed through practice. Earn more playing time next season by performing extra repetitions of these lacrosse shooting drills.

Picking the Corners

Our first drill is an extension of the warm up. Stand in the same spot that you started, but this time aim your shots toward the corners. Try aiming for the opposite corner from where you are standing. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand, then switch sides to work on your weak hand.lacrosse shooting drills

Basic Sweep

The basic sweep shooting drill is perfect for midfielders. For this drill you will need two cones.

Place a cone even with the left pipe about 12 yards from the cage. The other cone should be even with the first cone, but 10 yards towards the sideline.

The drill starts when you sprint towards the outside cone. At the cone, plant your foot and perform a split dodge. Then, run across the field towards the other cone. Once you pass the cone, shoot at the cage. After 10 reps, try moving the cones to the opposite side of the field.

Alley Dodge

For the alley dodge drill, you can leave the cones in the same position. This time, stand in the middle of the field.

Start this drill by running at the cone in the center of the field. When you reach the cone, perform a split dodge. As you switch hands, cut in between the two cones and head straight towards the cage. Fire when ready!

Then, switch sides and repeat the drill.

Quick Hitch

For this drill, you will only need one cone. Place it off to one side 10 yards from the cage.

Start this shooting drill by sprinting towards the cone. At the cone, stutter step but continue running forward towards the cage with the stick remaining in the same hand. As you get closer to the cage, pick a corner or work on your bounce shot. After practicing this drill 10 times, move the cone to the opposite side of the field for another set of repetitions.

Turning the Corner

In this drill, attackmen practice how they would turn a corner on a defender.

Position a cone off to one side of the cage just outside the crease before starting. Run around the goal from behind the cage. Once you pass the cone, fire a quick shot at the cage. You can practice this drill from both sides of the cage.


Shadow Shooting

The shadow shooting drill helps to develop your technique. By practicing shooting without a ball, you can pay more attention to your footwork and throwing motion, rather than focusing on the direction of the ball.

Seated Shooting

Another creative lacrosse drill is seated shooting. This drill forces players to shoot with only their upper body.

  •          Sit on the ground with your legs out towards the goal
  •          Try to get as much velocity as possible in each shot
  •          Then, switch to your knees and repeat the drill

If you practice lacrosse shooting drills hard enough, one day you may be able to pull off trick shots like these from Lizards’ all-star Paul Rabil.


Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development