Coaching Services Methodology
Our goal is to implement a comprehensive system of lacrosse development for players and, more importantly, for coaches. An emphasis will be put on playing lacrosse in all four seasons WITHOUT dropping other sports. In places like Baltimore, MD, the best kids have high skill and lacrosse IQ by playing year round while still striving to be multi-sport athletes. Through Coach Munro’s 20 years of coaching Division I lacrosse, his passion has been a quest to develop the ultimate system of player and team development for the game of lacrosse. He has unique experience in that he has simultaneously coached a Division I team and his son’s youth team for the five years, which allowed his system to come full circle in both simplicity and complexity. 3d’s Methodology lies first in individual player development. It begins with athletic skill development. Without proper technique, strength, flexibility and power, an athlete cannot reach his potential. The integration of these concepts into our development system was one of the reasons that Denver Lacrosse became known as one of the most athletic teams in the nation. To teach young athletes these types of athletic skills will give them a huge advantage, as it is easier to learn at a younger age.
“Box / Field Hybrid™ Development System”
Please view this video link of Jamie Munro teaching the Box/Field Hybrid™ Development System.
Our highly qualified staff of porfessional coaches will utilize the 3d "Box / Field Hybrid™ Development System to train and coach all players in this new and unique program. In 1993 Coach Munro played professionally in the MILL which is now the NLL. His game shot through the roof, and it was then that he began to integrate box lacrosse skills into his game and his coaching. In 2008, ten of the top twenty goal scorers in Division I Lacrosse were Canadians yet less than 5% of the population was Canadian. Check out this excellent article that appeared in Lacrosse Magazine.There are several reasons that box lacrosse is a great teacher of the game.
WHY DOES BOX LACROSSE MAKE PLAYERS BETTER?
Everyone knows that when space is reduced it speeds up the game and produces an environment where quicker decisions have to be made; ball handling skills are therefore amplified. Being in such an environment redefines being "open." Box players get used to catching passes routinely that field players would be yelled at for throwing. The tight confines are less impacted by the size of the field and more impacted by the size of the goal. Small goals make all the action happen in tighter spaces.
Shooting accuracy and finishing ability are clearly a developmental advantage when learning how to finish on small (4x4) nets. But this isn’t the most important piece. By far, the most important concept taught in the sport of box lacrosse, which is a byproduct of small nets, is always striving to take high percentage shots which is most often attained by positioning the stick to the inside of the field. In box lacrosse, if a right handed player drives down the right wing he will almost never score as his shooting angle (and passing angles) is reduced with every step. By positioning (looking at the goal) lefties on the right and righties on the left, players are able to attack from the wings to the middle both with the ball and while cutting. Another way to look at this is to develop midfielders and defensemen to play like attackmen who usually play on their natural side. Everyday in practice the attack get repetitions dodging and cutting to the middle of the field, while the midfielders are constantly repeating the same dodge down the alley dodges. The repertoire of an attackman’s dodges include inside out moves, split dodges, rollbacks, topside moves, underneath moves, pop outs or Z dodges, rocker moves, question mark moves as well as swim moves. Of course, midfielders can do any of these moves, but middies are almost always on the "wrong" side of the field where all they do is run into no angle with little recourse if their weak hand isn’t developed yet.
All Short Sticks
In box lacrosse there are no poles. This provides a significant advantage for the development of the offensive players because they can work on their moves and ball handling against a defense that doesn’t beat them up and take the ball away. Too many times attackmen are either over powered by poles or are discouraged by their coach from dodging because of a bad match up.
Box lacrosse is a simple game that develops skills to their highest level. Box players work on small-sided situations every practice, all practice.
The 2 Man Game
One of the staples of box lacrosse is the pick and roll both on and off the ball. It is the repetition of the pick and roll executed on the natural side of the players that teaches an extremely high level of reading the defense.
Boards and Glass
The ball is never out of play. Box lacrosse players get more repetitions in practice. Period.
- Speed Dodges: A critical move in the development of the offensive players. This move is like a golf swing. It must be taught and practiced every day and will become a staple of the offensive player’s game.
- Physical Dodging: One of the most under taught elements of 1v1 play. The player who initiates contact wins the battle.
- Three-Step Dodges: The mark of a poor dodger is running at one speed, in one direction with hips high. It is so commonplace that it’s all most of us see at the youth level. Over the years Coach Munro has developed a dodging system that teaches stop and go, pop away, and change of direction that eventually is implemented in concert with perfect stick protection, fakes, and wind ups.
- Poles: Teaching long poles how to defend in one-on-one situations will be an important element of our program but more important is the stick skill and game sense development. Sticks should not be any longer than their eye level; defensemen should play other positions regularly, and should not be relegated to defensive play. Ideally, youth teams would develop several players to play defense and learn the defense with the long stick, but would also play short stick.
- Two Handedness: It is important to work on being as two handed as possible. It would be ideal to have two equal hands, however, even at the pro level most players do not have two equal hands. This is why coaches need lefties at all levels. In fact, some of the greatest players in the history of the game were very one handed. Their key: stay on their side. We would teach and preach working on using the proper hand at the proper time, but we would still emphasize playing on the "natural" side 75% of the time where the weak hand would be used to shoot on the run down the ally, dump down or to X, execute a question mark shot, or throw a "money pass" as well as to rollback to either hand with proper stick protection. Each of these skills are to be worked on regularly.
- Other Concepts:
- Ball to player ratio closer to one to one the younger the player.
- Uneven situations 2v1, 3v2 all the way to 6v5 teach offense and defense more effectively than even situations.
- Overspeed training when you force players to run fast to handle the ball to simulate game situations.
- Make it competitive when ever possible.
- Add a coach "feeder" to drills to promote ball movement particularly off of ground balls.
- Natural side emphasis teaches 3 steps, "wrong" side teaches "speed moves"