Xcelerate Nike Lacrosse National Program Director, Brian Lalley, discusses, motion offense:
Lacrosse is regularly referred to as the fastest game on two feet. Whether that be an up and down transition style lacrosse, or a fast paced offensive set, you are very rarely seeing any standing.
To play an effective 6 v 6 offense, we are looking for movement and balance. We know as offensive players, that our defenders are trying to stop the ball through good one-on-one defense and off-ball defense. If the off-ball defenders are playing an off-ball offensive players who aren’t moving, their jobs to see their man and see the ball becomes much easier. Movement puts pressure on the defense, possibly opening the crease area for some easy lay-ups if our opponents are ball-watching.
There are numerous formations an offense can use to maintain motion and balance. One of the most common is the 1-3-2 set (some refer to it as a 2-3-1). If you’re counting from behind the goal and then up towards the midline, there is one player behind the goal, 2 on the wings and one on the crease (refers to the 3), and two players up top. These six players form two different triangles. They work in a push-pull motion, creating movement and balance both off the dodge and off-ball.
Click on the video for the basics of the 1-3-2 or 2-3-1 formation.
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