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How To Play Defense | CoachUp Lacrosse Tips

I’m Mike Stone, midfielder for the Boston
Cannons and CoachUp Coach. And this is on-ball defense. Good on-ball defense discourages shots, keeping
offensive players down the sides of the field and discouraging them from getting to the
middle of the field where there are more high-quality scoring chances. I do this by using my body to take away the
middle of the field and angling myself to encourage the offensive player to go down
the alley. As he approaches me, I want to engage his hip and ride him down the alley
with my stick at his hip. If he tries to roll back to the middle, I lag behind slightly
so that I’m in a good position to discourage a roll-back, but also if he goes to shoot
the ball, I’m in a position where I can reach my stick forward and lift his elbows to make
the shot ineffective.

David Frank



  1. CoachUp Posted on October 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Boston Cannons Midfielder and CoachUp lacrosse coach Mike Stone shows how to play on ball defense. Keep offensive players on the sides of the field where there are less high quality shots.

  2. Lacrosse Parent Posted on October 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    Excellent tips. Coach I am a parent and this is my daughters second season at the middle school level. We are still learning game and the rules. Can on ball defense be used in girls lacrosse at her level?  

  3. Helen Keller Posted on April 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Only one more video

  4. JohnnyK Posted on May 24, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    what kind of stick does mike have (not the D pole)

  5. Saul Nores Posted on September 8, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Hi. Isn't it illegal to put your stick on the other player nowadays? I thought you can only do it with your fists and the two hands toghether.