The 3d Pyramid of Methodology encompasses 3d Lacrosse’s core beliefs on player development. The methodology is rooted in a lifetime of teaching, constant scanning of best practices in other sports, and deep understanding of both box and field lacrosse, that will most effectively help players of all skill levels develop into even smarter lacrosse players.
What encompasses the entire pyramid is creativity, communication, and competitiveness. These three themes are integral to a player’s development and allow them to reach their full potential.
The first layer is our foundation of the pyramid and starts with the two cornerstones: Love of the Game and the Environment. Additional components include Terminology, Small Sided and Part/Whole, and a Core Understanding of the Box and Field game.
Our second layer builds upon the first by ensuring players and coaching understand the importance of skill development – how many skills they have and how good they are in each particular skill. On the other side, players need to understand when to use different skills and concepts on the field and how to use them deceptively. Further, each player needs to understand how to play both sides of the ball and can do so through our All Position/No Position approach. During any training or games, our players are taught in an Up-Tempo environment and through repetition so that they learn at game speed and through experience.
Within training, players are simultaneously taught skills and concepts to bring players out of his or her comfort zone and increase their confidence and abilities. Additionally, 3d Lacrosse focuses extensively on off-ball play when working with offensive and defensive players to increase their knowledge of moving without the ball and how to defend off ball. Drill Terms are at the center of the pyramid because they speak to the ability for players, and more importantly coaches, to have accountability during drills and game play. By setting and holding players and coaches to a certain expectation, the level of play naturally increases in the environment.
The next layer are the Basic Building Blocks, also known as BBBs: Claremont rules, passing and catching at speed, 1v1 across the field, quick stick finishing, and the Hub Rules. Once mastered a player has a broad understanding of fundamental with ball techniques, on ball defense, offensive motion and spacing, and defensive team play.
Above the BBBs is the Uneven/Even progression. Through these players learn all movements and rotations; and how to slide, recover, and double team. Further, while learning these motions players expand their 1v1 repertoire offensively and defensively. Finally they begin to learn how to deceive their opponents through a variety of fakes and finishes.
Close to the top of the pyramid is the 2 man game and Team Play. At this layer players take the techniques and IQ they mastered below and apply it to their game play.
The peak of the pyramid is to prepare for the next level. As players grow up and move on, whether that is from 8th grade to high school, from 3rd to 4th grade, or high school to college, the pyramid of methodology will ensure players excel and succeed in their next challenge.