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
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
Coaching Tip – Attacking the Goal in a Numbers
Here are six simple rules to teach your team to follow when they
find themselves on offense with a clear numerical advantage (fast
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
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.