How to Create Shooting Separation
One of the most important skills you can develop as an attackman or midfielder in lacrosse is the ability to create shooting separation for yourself around the net. While it is very important, it is also one of the most difficult things to do as a lacrosse player. If you want to be successful in lacrosse you’re going to need to find a way to get as clean of a shot off as possible, as consistently as possible. Below are some tips that will help you get the defender off of you and create shooting separation.
How to Get Off Your Shot
Primary Move on Your Defender
This primary move, otherwise known as a dodge, is the first and most important part to create separation from your defender. You need to use either speed or a sharp change of direction to initiate this move and be successful with it. You can use either a split, juke or stutter step as your primary move or “dodge” to make your way around the defender. Strength and speed are both huge factors in the success of your primary move.
Read the Defense
After you make your primary move your next task in the process of create separation for your shot, is to read the situation. There will be one of two scenarios after the primary move, you will have enough room to let a shot go or the defender will still be on your hip. You need to be aware of the situation to know if you should let a shot go or set up your next move. There are a couple of factors you need to look for if your primary move has failed: you should look for an open man near the crease, if not look for an open man to pass back to, or look to make your secondary move towards the cage, especially if there is no help defense. If you have none of these options available then pull the ball back and reset the offense.
Secondary Move to the Net
Your secondary move is almost always a pass to an open player or another move towards the net. Most people choose the latter, especially if they are one on one with their defender with no help on its way. Once you make this decision to make a secondary move you need to wait once he makes contact you and then you can bull into them, roll around them or swim around them. If the defender is coming at you it is the perfect time to make your move because his momentum is coming in the opposite direction you are trying to go. If you time this move well you should have no problem making your secondary move to the goal and finishing past the goalie.
Practice the Separation Drill
This drill as performed by Lyle Thompson of Thompson Brothers Lacrosse is one of the best drills you can do to create separation. You need your hands free to shoot bottom line and this drill allows you to get them free. Use the garbage can or anything similar to that to mock a defender. Make your primary move to the defender spot and then make a secondary move away from the defender freeing your body and hands for a shot. All moves you make around the crease should be done using your imagination and knowledge and feel for the game. Contact us or visit our YouTube or Instagram page to learn more tips and keep up with Thompson Brothers Lacrosse.