June 23, 2009

Your Playbook: Developing a Motion Offense

This article originally appeared in the "Your Edge" section of April's Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the mag? Join US Lacrosse and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription.


This drill was presented by North Harford (Md.) girls' lacrosse coach Tara Buecker at the 2009 US Lacrosse National Convention, presented by adidas. For more information, visit www.uslacrosse.org/convention.

1. Basics of a Motion Offense

  • Pass and move.
  • Player adjacent to ball cuts through the 8 meter.
  • Two players away from ball offer outlet. If not used, they get out.
  • Everyone is a threat with the ball.
  • Keep the field balanced.


2. Motion

  • Player adjacent to the ball cuts through the 8 meter.
  • Two players away from the ball cut outside to become outlets.
  • Ball carrier drives to be a threat, with head up for a feed or 1-on-1 opportunity.
  • Ball carrier uses outlet if needed.
  • Balance and restart the motion.


3. How to Drill Motion Offense

  • Use a skeleton offense. Work the ball without a defense, first with five players, then using all seven.
  • Use it in transition. From the opposite goal or the 50-yard-line, work on getting the ball behind the cage and balancing.
  • Drill 7-on-7 clears to the restraining line. Play everything out. When the offense gains possession, again, emphasize balance and motion.

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