2 Agenda Intro What the 2-man game means to me Basic principles and fundamentals for teaching the 2-man gameHow the 2-man game relates to team offense
3 Coach Shaun Lux Over 20 years playing experience 5 years collegiate coaching experienceAssociate Head Coach at the Marist School (GA)Atlanta Youth LacrosseDirector of Lux-LaxFormer assistant coach at St. John Fisher CollegePlayed at Mercyhurst CollegePlayed for Fairport High School, Fairport, NY
4 What the 2-man game means to me The craft of using teammates to create an offensive advantageThe goal … to use line-mates in tandem to become a potent offensive threatEnables teams to be more diverse on offense and requires defenses to constantly pay attention to detailUltimately, creating opportunities within your team offense and chances to score independentlyThe 2-man game is the next step to becoming a better player
5 Teaching the principles and fundamentals … The 2-man gameTeaching the principles and fundamentals …WhoWhatWhereWhenWhy
6 WhyThe average offensive player has the ball for a total of three minutes in a 60-minute gameThe 2-man game is what players can focus on the other 57 minutes
7 Why Create scenarios that cause the most confusion for the defense Get players open Your best players will meet their match … ensure you have options to free them upCreate space to create shots Use the 2-man game to free up your best shootersCreate mismatches Force defenses to switch creating mismatches for your best players. Exploit the big/little matchup
8 Who uses the two man game PLAYERS:Offensive players who can use it effectively The 2-man game is a great tool, but if done wrong it can cause turnoversPlayers who need to get open Players having trouble getting open use the 2-man game to free them upLinemates Use the 2-man game to create a dynamic threat
9 Who uses the two man game COACHES:Can you run by people? If your team isn’t full of studs then using picks, screens and seals can get players openIf you can run by people: Use the 2-man game to free up your best players when they meet a defensive equalTeam Offense: Build in 2-man looks in your offensePractice Tip:When doing 2 vs. 2 drill - have linemates pair up for half of the time
10 Teach the basics of the 2-man game … develop the core fundamentals What do we teachTeach the basics of the 2-man game … develop the core fundamentals
11 Types of Picks, Screens & Seals Pick and SweepStandard Pick and Roll: Horizontal pickScreen or Pick and Slip: Right before the Picker sets the pick, he slips through to get openSeal: Seal is used to describe a pick on the crease“Princeton Pick”: Pick set at the GLE for Attackman coming from XVertical Pick: Pick where usually Middies are stacked vertically of each other
12 The Pick Set the pick properly Ensure you are stable when setting the pickSet the defender up by picking on the “On-Ball” Defender’s Blind SidePlayers should square up their shoulders to the player they are pickingPlayers should keep stick ¾ and hands in front of numbersPlayer needs to be responsible for what comes up after the pick!The pick is one of those things that can look beautiful or absolutely terrible. People really think only one person sets a pick, but a pick is a 2 man play no matter how you look at it. You have the Picker and the Pickee. Each have their own role when it comes time to execute the pick. Things to consider when teaching the Pick:
13 The Pick Attack the pick properly Attacking the pick properly is as important as setting a pick properlyIt’s the ball carrier's job to run his defender off the PickSet up your defender by dodging into the pickPosition yourself where your man can’t recover to play youThe pick is one of those things that can look beautiful or absolutely terrible. People really think only one person sets a pick, but a pick is a 2 man play no matter how you look at it. You have the Picker and the Pickee. Each have their own role when it comes time to execute the pick. Things to consider when teaching the Pick:Coaching Point: Coaches teach pickers to rub shoulders. If you can't get that close, make sure you’re close enough to the pick that the defender can’t slip through.
14 The Pick What are you trying to accomplish with the Pick? Creating the big/little matchup? Where a short stick defenseman is covering an attackman … requiring more time because you must force the defenders to switchGoing to the goal? If you’re looking to go to the goal, you need to ensure proper angles of attack and spacingAre you attacking from up top? Pick & Sweep picks need to be set on the far side of the goal so players can have a good angle to shootAre you attacking from behind? Coming from X, players must come off the pick and around the cage with enough room to get a good shot
15 The Pick: What comes after? Most important is what you do after the pick!Sweep and Shoot or horizontal picksLook for the picker rolling, slipping to spaceThrow the ball through and rotate the offenseFeed the open manPatience is key, if it’s not there don’t force it
16 Options off the Pick Pick & Roll - #1 The Picker using his body to block his defender and roll to the goalPicker needs to lead with his stick going toward the goal. This prevents trail checks and shows where he wants the ball.Picker needs to remember to “Swing the Gate”“Swing the Gate”: When a player sets the pick, teach them to swing to the inside to get open … just like a gate. This is a great way to teach players to Pick and Roll properly.
17 Keys to the Pick & RollBe Ready! Players must be aware that after they set the pick a pass may be coming!Swing the Gate! Something I see players constantly doing wrong …After the pick, players often turn and run away while looking over their shoulderInstead - stress that after you pick, roll to the inside acting like a swinging gate
18 Keys to the Pick & RollKeep your stick up! Give your teammate a targetIf you don’t get the ball, balance up the offenseUsed when teams are not switching effectivelyCoaching Point: When using the pick behind at X talk about how to use it when the defense switches properly vs. when they show and play around the pick.
24 Options off the Pick Pick & Slip - #2 Set the Pick … then as the offensive player with the ball approaches (before he arrives) slip away for the passUsed if the defense is trying to switch on the picks rather than show and stay aboveBest after a few successful picks, defense will eventually switch on the pick allowing the slipCoaching Point: As you insert the slip into your offense, ensure you keep the other 4 players balanced away from the action. Spread the slide out as far as possible!
27 Why the Vertical Pick?In a vertical pick, the ball-carrier runs off a screen while running parallel to the sidelineVertical picks are more difficult to defend, once a player is beat they immediately have a look at the cageUsing the Vertical Pick the middie has a significant advantage because they are attacking downhill at full speedThis forces the defense to switch more often, which can create mismatches with the big/littleBecause you’re typically running these picks on the side of the goal, rather than behind or up top, you’re constantly a threat to score
28 Vertical Picks … harder to defend It is easier for a defender to switch on a horizontal pick than when turning and running downhill, defending a vertical pickWhile defending a vertical pick, it is more urgent for a defender to recover off the pick compared to an east and west pickOn a vertical pick, you’re defending a dodger coming right at you and to the goal … any misstep leads to a goal
29 Great for Attacking the Pole Long vertical picks are a common element of the 2-man game when teams run a 1-4-1Pull the middie with the ball way out past the top of the restraining box and have him run at a longstick middieThe long dodge means the dodger can run his defender into the pick, removing some responsibility from the picker
32 Things to ConsiderA pick without movement afterwards … is easy to defend!What do you do after the pick?What do you do if your not involved?
33 Give and GoThe Give and GO is the most basic 2-man play. The easiest way to practice this is with Give and Go Shooting.Inform players to always look back to where the ball came fromIf the defense is ball watching, then the Give & Go will be thereSlow defenders make perfect targetsStay away from the LSM’s
39 Backdoor CutThe player makes a break to receive a pass, then once his defender catches up, he back-cuts his man, then receives the passTell players they need to sprint to make a back door cut workCommunication needs to come from the passerHave passer call out players name to signal back door cutMost effective when defense is playing ball side heavy and it’s man to man defense
41 Flip PlayThe Flip/Fake Flip is a great tool. It’s essentially a screen where you hide the location of the ball.Always flip from outside hand to outside handFlip to space, not to the manAfter the fake flip, the man without the ball has to sell the fakeEMO, Offense, set plays, flip does it all!Players have to practice the flip!Coaching Point: You have to explain to the players how to flip right and how to be flip ready. Come up with a signal for a Flip and Fake Flip to ensure players know what is going on.
51 What to do without the ball The key to the 2-man game is what the off-ball players are doingBalance the field: Ensure you have a player at X as well as having someone up top to avoid the fast breakMove with a purpose: Cutting and picking all over the place only causes havoc if not within the team conceptOccupy defenseman: Moving constantly will force the defense to focus on you instead of the slideRotationOff-side players on crease can seal/screenOff-side players can set picks to free up help
52 Where to Apply the 2-man Game 6 spots: Top, Bottom, Wing, GLE, X, Crease
53 When#1 Question from coaches: when do I use this?While the 2-man game is great, you must ask … what is right for you!Do you have a FAST team? Focus on using this to free up your key players when they have a good defenseman on themDo you have a SLOWER team? Focus on building in these concepts to your offenseDoes you team have trouble with outside shooting? Focus on more seal play on the crease, perhaps in aWant to free-up some more movement in a stagnant offense? Focus running this out of a set … it fits nicely with the typical motion offense.
54 Things to Think About What is the D doing? How strong is your opponent?What triggers your offense?What do you want the 2-man game to accomplish?