This post is adapted from the US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program Level 1 Men’s instructional clinic workbook. Register now for one of 20 upcoming Level 1 men's clinics in 17 states between today and April 4.
If the offensive team is on a fast break, a defender’s objective is to stall for time (thereby slowing the break down) and try to cover one or multiple offensive players while his teammates recover to help him.
Here are six general rules of thumb to help your defenders make smart decisions in a numbers-down transition situation.
1. Get in the hole
“The hole” is the critical scoring area in front of the goal, similar to the basketball concept of getting back in the paint.
2. Maintain proper defensive position
The defender guarding the ball carrier should stand with his back to the goal in an open stance, with one foot pointing to the player with the ball and the other foot pointing to the player without the ball. This creates a triangle with the defender, ball and other offensive player.
3. Use quick footwork
Forcing the offense to make several passes allows time for teammates to recover and help play defense.