Our Process

With over 100 years of coaching experience, our staff has learned how to create solid lacrosse players and solid individuals.  We start with consistency in our teachings, terminology, and staff.  From there we help mold young men and women to become productive members of a team and society.  As a sports company, it may be surprising but our focus is on collaboration rather than on competition.  It is all about the team and no two members are treated the same.  We do not do cookie-cutter coaching; we build lasting relationships that transcend sport.  We use coaching as a stage to prepare our athletes for life.  Lacrosse is not life but for those with open minds, it will teach many of the important lessons that are required to live a fulfilling one.  We take pride in the fact that many of our players have gone on to become coaches themselves.


The following core values will guide Hoosier Lacrosse in programming and play, now and in the future.  We believe our program has the potential to develop not only lacrosse skills but, more importantly, character values that will benefit today’s athlete in later years and other endeavors.  It’s not just about lacrosse.  The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy is REAL Lacrosse!

  • Respect – Respect the game, your teammates, your coaches, and your opponents.
  • Effort – Always give 100%, both mentally and physically, during practices and games. Commit to the commitment!
  • Accountability – Be accountable for your actions and never point fingers.
  • Leadership – Be a real person of character by showing Respect, Effort, Accountability, and Leadership!



B – Specific to Box   &  F – Specific to Field

General Concepts

  • Your stick has eyes and has to see where you are shooting or passing.
  • Low man wins when going for a ground ball or playing 1 on 1 defense.
  • Be creative and deceptive.

General Terms

  • Loose & Wristy – When talking about stick skills
  • Third Ear – Get stick closer to your helmet
  • Wide Stick – Widen grip, great for ground balls in a scrum and power cradling
  • Collarbone Passing – keeping your stick above your collarbone and elbows in front of your body.

Defensive Concepts

  • When sliding to a player go towards the stick head.
  • Slide stick to stick and follow with body to body.
  • Ball above the goal: Split the field in half with a north-south line and do not let the ball carrier take the ball to the other side; force them down an alley.
  • Ball behind the goal: Do not let the ball carrier above GLE (Goal Line Extended). Minimize checks. If the ball carrier approaches GLE close the gate, velcro, and drive.
  • Defense = Footwork and hands
  • When approaching a player start with big steps and finish with little steps, aiming at the head of his stick. This prevents him from shooting and dictates where he can go.

Defensive Terms

  • Hole – Area directly in front of the goal you are defending
  • Crash – If you are not near the hole SPRINT to the hole and break down.
  • Fist – Tighten up the defense.
  • Ride – What we do after we lose the ball in our offensive zone in order to slow the clear and create a turnover.
  • Look away – If you hear this take a quick look away from the ball on defense unless you are covering the ball.
  • Back side – Area opposite the ball when it is up top.
  • Butt to the goal – Helps in positioning.  Get your butt pointing to the goal.
  • Sticks up – when you are not covering the man with the ball your stick should be up in the passing lanes to deter, deflect, and possibly intercept the pass.
  • Switch – If your teammate is about to be picked call a switch with him.  The man on the ball may not see the pick so it is up to the off-ball player to call the switch.
  • Help –  If you get beat, call out for help.
  • Check –When the goalie calls out “check,” come down hard on your opponent’s hands, wrists, or stick.
  • Stick in front – keep your stick in front of the player when guarding the crease area.
  • Front him – Get between your man and the ball so that you can slide to the ball carrier – used on the crease only.
  • Poke – Poke check
  • Lift – Lift check.  The best check out there!
  • Velcro – What the goalie will call if a player is approaching GLE. We also use it to engage a player with the ball to drive them out when they are a threat.  Approach, engage, cling, and drive.
  • Body – Stick goes vertical and we use our hands to play defense.
  • Hot – First slide.
  • Two – Second slide.
  • Show – Fake slide
  • Fire – Slide
  • Find one – When a player slides to help a teammate he will say this until that player leaves and finds a new open player to cover. Repeat as necessary.
  • Coma – A slide used in front of the goal (short for COMe Across).
  • Close the gate – Technique used to turn back a ball carrier approaching GLE
  • Velcro – Make contact, stick to him, and drive

Crease Play

  • When covering a man on the crease you MUST be between him and the ball on his ball side shoulder. If the ball is redirected to the other side of the field you must fight through your man to maintain position.
  • When you slough off your man towards the ball use your stick to keep contact with him.
  • When you hear “check” come down on the cuffs of your opponent’s gloves towards the ground.
  • On a ground ball near the crease take the man!  Let the goalie or another teammate get the ball.
  • If there are 2 offensive players on the crease, zone up the crease play.

Offensive Concepts

  • Do not hold the ball longer than 3 seconds
  • Create passing lanes for the ball carrier
  • Two places you can never stand still on offense: on the crease and at X
  • Do not shoot, feed the crease, or skip a pass off a whistle
  • Offensive progression of looks: First backside, then inside, then adjacent
  • Create passing lanes – The person without the ball needs to work to be seen by the person with the ball.
  • Cut to the feeder….Once the ball is in your stick then go to the goal.
  • When dodging, attack the butt end of your defender’s stick
  • When dodging, attack your defender’s upfield foot and go to that side.
  • On offense, talented dodgers attack the defender and take away his space to check.
  • Create space for your teammates and make sure the ball carrier always has adjacent help.
  • One more: Make one more pass. You can pass up a good shot in favor of a GREAT shot!

Offensive Terms

  • Triple threat/Shopping = Have your stick in a position to shoot, pass, or dodge.
  • Spike – Winning possession of a 50/50 ground ball results in two passes – The first pass is adjacent and second should change the plane of the field.
  • Look through – Look through and across for the open player.
  • Backside – The side of the offensive half that does not currently have the ball in it
  • Eagle – Spread out and open up the field
  • Carry – Move the ball (usually from the wing or X) to carry your d-man so that the next guy can be open.  Works well against a zone or a defensive breakdown.
  • One more – Make one more pass for a great shot. Only use when you are wide open!
  • Re-dodge – Dodge your man, and if unsuccessful dodge immediately a second time.
  • Wide turn – After picking up a ground ball in traffic, run towards a sideline by making a wide, arcing turn.

Rides & Clears

  • With two on the crease, split and separate to create opportunities
  • Use situational awareness – Be aware of the situation and act accordingly.
  • Middie back – When clearing the player farthest from the ball carrier puts his stick up to show he is the one to cover the d-pole or goalie clearing the ball beyond the midfield line. This keeps the team legally on side.

These will be used to help you find your open teammates.

  • Box
  • Up
  • Up and over
  • Over
  • Back

Special Situations

Man Down Defenses

  • Rotate – Will be our box and one defense where we rotate to the ball. – Challenging to execute but effective.
  • String – Will be used against a 3-3.
  • Diamond – Used against a 1-4-1.


  • Zoro – Drop zone ride.
  • Tomahawk – Ten man ride.
  • Chainsaw – Sideline ride on our offensive side. We will double the ball right off the whistle.