Plan each session and don't just make it up as you go. This will lead to repeating the same old lacrosse drills each session. It will get monotonous and some players will switch off mentally.
Block each session into slots of 20 minutes so if you have a 2 hour session you have 6 slots. Decide the focus area of each of the slots and then select drills for those focus areas. Cary a watch during the session and stick to the times that you allocate each slot as this will keep the intensity high which is one of our main goals. Here is an example of a training session plan:
Start Time 12pm
Duration 1 hour 40 minutes
Slot 1 - 20 minutes - Warm up / Stick Skills
- Players warm up
- End to end line drill
- 4 corner break out line drill
- 4 corner v-cut line drill
- Fast break drill
- Slow break drill
- 4 attack vs 3 defense
- 1 on 1 dodging
- 2 on 2
- 3 on 3
- 6 on 6 attack up by 1 goal with 3 minutes remaining (ball retention)
- 6 on 6 attack down by 1 goal with 2 minutes remaining (need to score)
- Man down in defense (6 on 5)
- Man down in offense (5 on 6)
- Full field clearing (defensive unit focus)
- Full field riding (offensive unit focus)
- Face off with midfielders coming in.
Plan your sessions in advance and stick to the plans. Stick to a structure but vary the drills with the structure and each session will be enjoyable and beneficial for you and the players.
The drills above are just a few examples of lacrosse drills and more detail can be found in the many lacrosse coaching books and DVDs available at amazon. Here is my favorite with particularly good lacrosse drills: The Confident Coach's Guide to Teaching Lacrosse.