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posted 09.20.2013 at 4.00 p.m. by TJ Buchanan

Coach's Corner: Attacking the Goal in a Numbers Situation

Every month US Lacrosse sends out monthly newsletters to parents, program administrators, officials and coaches. And every month I add a Positive Coaching Alliance and Coaching Tip for all the coaches out there.

Here is where I'll keep the extended version of those tips as well as other topics that come about related to coaching.

Feel free to share this resource with all of your coaching colleagues and suggest in the comment box below with other topics for me to cover.

PCA Tip – The Coach-Parent Partnership

Establishing a coach-parent partnership is one of the best things you can do for a youth athlete. Consistency of messaging from concerned, involved adults is key to keeping kids on the right track.

Often, children will heed the exact same message from a coach that they choose to ignore when it comes from their parents. Such is the power and responsibility of a coach.

Talk to your players' parents to learn what is on their children's minds. Clues to family stress or issues in school may help you reach your players in ways that have impact well beyond the scoreboard.

Coaching Tip – Attacking the Goal in a Numbers Situation

Here are six simple rules to teach your team to follow when they find themselves on offense with a clear numerical advantage (fast break).

1. CARRY the ball until a defender commits to playing you. If the defense doesn’t come to play you, continue to the goal and shoot for net!
2. PASS to an open teammate only once a defender commits to playing you.
3. SPACING is key to making a defense with less players work harder and potentially make mistakes.  Maintain good spacing so that one defender cannot cover two offensive players.
4. MOVE without the ball to free up space and options for the player with the ball.
5. LOOK for open teammates as you are coming down the field towards the goal. Quick and accurate passing is crucial to taking advantage of the numbers situation.
6. SLOW the break down and work the ball behind the goal to run a “slow break” if there is not an immediate advantage.  

Additional information on playing in a "numbers" situation can be found in the US Lacrosse Level 1 online courses, free for all US Lacrosse members.