Article: Stevenson Pass Back to 2V2 and More…

Article: Stevenson Pass Back to 2V2 and More…

Pass Back to 2V2 or 3V2
From Coach Cantabene, Stevenson
In this recent podcast I was again impressed by this great coach at Stevenson coming off of their DIII National Championship in last season in 2013. Coach Cantabene carries a roster of over 60 players, so it is not always easy to apply his drills to those [...]

Article: Lynchburg Get Game Ready, The Day Before a Game

Article: Lynchburg Get Game Ready, The Day Before a Game

Get Game Ready!! The Way They do it at Lynchburg!
Head Coach Steve Koudelka
OK… After five years of talking to the top NCAA Coaches about unique twists on lacrosse drills, this is perhaps one of the top three new ideas I have ever seen to get our kids ready to play the day before a [...]

Article: Team Canada, The True North Drill, from Brodie Merrill and Coach Sanderson

Article: Team Canada, The True North Drill, from Brodie Merrill and Coach Sanderson

Team Canada Lacrosse, “True North Drill” Lacrosse Drill
Compliments of Coach Brodie Merrill and Coach Chris Sanderson
After completing our second podcast with Brodie Merrill we came away with a ton of new ideas for lacrosse drills in practice… Great player, great coach. Although in the first interview I ran out of time, (it [...]

Article: 1V1’s & 2V2’s w Conditioning Like They Do It at Le Moyne

Article: 1V1’s & 2V2’s w Conditioning Like They Do It at Le Moyne

1V1’s and 2V2’ s with Conditioning, Like They Run it at Le Moyne!
From Coach Dan Sheehan
After completing my third podcast with Coach Sheehan, I again came away amazed at his commitment to his team and their unique talents from season to season, making practice interesting and fun, as well as his creative focus on the [...]

Article: Salisbury Transition Drill with a Purpose

Article: Salisbury Transition Drill with a Purpose

Wow! Salisbury Transition with a Purpose
3V2 or 4V3
In the most recent interview with Coach Berkman he again impressed me with the depth of his thought on creatively structuring lacrosse drills in a unique meaningful way. Yes, we try and emulate game scenarios with our shooting drills… Yes we work on manufacturing transition out of [...]

Article: Cornell “Half and Half” Lacrosse Drill

Article: Cornell “Half and Half” Lacrosse Drill

“Half & Half” Lacrosse Drill
Coach Matt Kerwick, Cornell Mens Lacrosse
This is a great coach and a good friend. In the most recent podcast, Coach Kerwick shared a unique twist on typical 6V6 lacrosse that takes a practice technique that can get bogged down to one that accomplishes so much more.
As a coach I am [...]

Guest Article: Using Stats to Improve Your Team

Guest Article: Using Stats to Improve Your Team

I recently had the tremendous opportunity to speak to 90 coaches in Minneapolis, they were awesome, the following day I spent three hours or so with the staff from Eastview HS. They introduced me to this unique way of looking at stats and metrics, I asked Coach Roche to write it up as an [...]

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Lacrosse Coaching Clinics, laxcoachmike


Thanks so much for the interest in having me come out to your areas and do coaching clinics.


We brought Mike to Minnesota for his 3 hour general session, which was then attended by over 80 local coaches. Mike is a professional speaker by trade and it is evident in his presentation. Mike takes his role very seriously and studiously prepares his presentation for the audience. The 3 hours flew by and everyone in the room learned something new.

While Mike has a ton of knowledge for lacrosse strategies, drills and practice management, as his core he reminds everyone of what it means to be a coach and why our roles as coaches are important in the development of young minds.

Tim Roche
Eastview Lacrosse
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Tim, thanks for all of your work putting this together! laxcoachmike


Here is what you get, a three-hour classroom session with video and new drills, followed by an 90 minute actual practice with one of your teams, your coaches are on the field with me, where they see first hand the amazing pace as well as the new concepts in the lacrosse drills… Each Coach also receives two eBooks, a $40 value just for attending, These are not my ideas, they come from so many great coaches willing to share… We are now booking for late this summer and fall…

Here are the topics we cover in the classroom, as well as on the field,

The Laxcoachmike Lacrosse Coaches Clinic,

* The Changing Nature of the Game and Equipment

* The Changing Nature of Kids and Players

* The Changing Nature of Practice Focus and Planning

* Touches, 200 in Hour One of Practice, see how we do it…

* Why Pace of Practice is Critical

* Why Every Drill Must Emulate a Game Scenario

* Offensive and Defensive Schemes

* Riding and Clearing

* Specialty Scenarios

Here is the feedback from a recent clinic in Chicago…

“As you know we are building a program from the ground up. I can’t tell you how great the classroom and field time was for our coaching staff. We are fortunate some of our coaches have high school or college playing experience. We all learned the game in the old school way of doing things, and have been teaching the game in the same fashion. The game has changed, why hadn’t we?

Your approach to this generation of lacrosse player combined with your ability to reiterate information collected from your interviews has changed our entire program’s approach for the better!…..much better!

We have had only one week of practice since the clinic. I have received an email from every coach commenting on what a difference this new approach makes to their practice.

The coaches are re-energized and excited teach these new concepts to our players. I can’t wait to see the progression.

Thank you so much for making the trip north, your students in the Windy City are looking forward to doing this again next year!”

P.S. My ball budget just tripled!

Mike Black

River City Lacrosse

More Feedback,


Thank you sir. I learned more in 3 hours than in my previous 4 years as the head coach of a start up program. Former baseball and basketball player with no lax experience I’ve grown to love it and like many WISH I could have played. Your approach is spot on and we are going to adopt a lot of what was presented.

Paul Sorensen
Farmington Lacrosse (More feedback on coaches clinics below)

Three hrs in the classroom with the coaches featuring PPT and some video, then a 90 min or two hr practice on the field with 20-25 players or so… this would be for the 20-25 coaches in your network, and yes you may film if you like,

The coaches in your network would also receive access included in the clinic fees, to two of my five eBooks, the descriptions and contents are described in the products section of the site, and we have sold hundreds of eBooks and videos, and the response has been great as well as humbling,

* Customized Practice Plans $19 ea, 25 pages

* Transition Lacrosse Drills $19 ea, 70 pages

Fees: Discounted for any Members of our site, Free or Premium Members,
$ 900 plus travel expenses,

I have also provided more of a resume on me, and finally, following the clinic, and if you are happy with the work, I will ask you to supply a brief testimonial that I might use in my marketing materials and/or website,

Let me know your thoughts,

And thanks so much!

Coach Mike
Cell 770 335 2120

Laxcoachmike, Bio

Mike Muetzel, is one of the top lacrosse coaching resources in the country. His website, is the largest, most visited, dedicated resource for over 3,500 loyal member lacrosse coaches including lacrosse coaches from the Rec level through many NCAA DI programs, with over 25,000 page views per month in season. In the last three years, Mike has spent over 160 hours of personal one-on-one time with more than 50 of the greatest Men’s College Coaches from DI through DIII, discussing and then sharing via the internet, the significant changes in their lacrosse coaching philosophies, their new-style practice plans and drills, high pace practices and a focus on fun and touches.

This evolving nature of coaching lacrosse players in practice results in tremendous levels of improvement in very short periods of time, and Mike is quick to recognize they are not his concepts but from the nationally recognized coaches so willing to share their changes in philosophy and practice. The key is Mike’s ability to take the latest trends at the NCAA level, combined with his 35 years of lacrosse experience, and apply them to expedite the improvement of players from the U13 level through his nationally ranked travel teams. Very simply, players love the practice time featuring 300 touches per player in each session.

Coach Mike is a former US Lacrosse Coach of the Year in Georgia. In January 2010 the Copperhead team coached by Muetzel won the National Championship in the Dicks Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions for the Rising Stars Division with wins over Krunch, Rutgers Leading Edge and Burning River from Ohio. His teams have faced the best Club Lacrosse Teams in North America including Team Florida, Baltimore Crabs, Baltimore Trilogy, Connecticut Chargers, Kanienkehakah Krunch Tribe, Ontario Edge, British Columbia, Minute Men and many others. In his three-year tenure coaching the Copperhead travel team, his teams have won fourteen different tournaments across the east coast, including the U17 Dick’s National Championship. In 2011, Muetzel was announced as the new Head Coach at Auburn competing in the SELC Division of the MCLA, and in 2013 Coach Mike was recognized by his peers as SELC DI Coach of the year.

In addition to his podcasts, his coaching clinics across the country, and coaching his teams, Mike writes a popular column found on He has authored five top selling eBooks on changing philosophies in coaching and lacrosse drills, produced a 90 minute DVD Coaching U15 with College Drills as well as other articles for (Popular website for the MCLA).

Comments on Mike…

“He is passionate about lacrosse, a student of the game, a Former Coach of the Year, he took a four-year program to the State Championship (McIntosh) and frankly is a talented and GREAT lacrosse coach. He can provide practice plans, technical instruction, scouting reports, motivation, and access to the best coaches Division I NCAA in the country. If you want someone who can take your program to the next level then why not consider a coach who has been there and can get your program there? I’m not promoting Mike because he’s my good friend, I’m promoting him because that is what I would do if I was in your situation.”

Pete Cramblet, Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The information for the evolving philosophies is not mine, but from the 85+ hours of interviews regarding practice plans from the contributing coaches to our website,

Coach Danowski, Duke
Coach Pietramala, Johns Hopkins
Coach Pressler, Bryant
Coach Meade, Navy
Coach Jez, CW Post
Coach Daly, Tufts
Coach Cerino, Limestone
Coach Starsia, University of Virginia
Coach Toomey, Loyola
Coach Beville, Cortland State
Coach Bates, Princeton
Coach Cottle,
Coach Myers, Ohio State
Coach Alberici, Army
Coach Paul, U of M
Coach Zimmerman, UMBC
Coach Tiffany, Brown
Coach Pilate, Roanoke
Coach Marr, Albany
Coach Seth Tierney, Hofstra
Coach Bill Tierney, Denver
Coach Hank Janczyk, Gettysburg
Coach Roy Simmons, Syracuse
Coaches Gallagher and Popelar,
Coach Wolford, Upper Arlington
Coach Corrigan, Notre Dame
Coach Cannella, U Mass
Coach Berkman, Salisbury
Coach Kerwick
Coach Cantabene, Stevenson
Coach Tambroni, Penn State
Coach Sheehan, LeMoyne
Coach Sowell, Stony Brook now Navy
Coach Shay, Yale
Coach Ryan, Mercyhurst
Coach Urick, Georgetown
Coach Seaman, Towson
Anthony Kelly, FOGO, Asst Coach Ohio State
Coach Shillinglaw, Delaware
Coach Caravana, Denison
Coach Garber, Columbus Machine
Coach Koudelka, Lynchburg
Coach Jeff Goldberg
Coach Shriver, Boys Latin
Coach Towers, Dartmouth
Coach Murphy, Penn
Coach Rostan, Hampden Sidney
Coach Wojcik, Harvard
Coach DeLuca, Cornell
Coach Lawrence, Hartford
Coach Purdie, Adelphi
Coach Coon, RIT
Coach Wilbur, Onondaga
Coach Breschi, NC
Brodie Merrill, The Hill, Ontario
Coach Van Arsdale, JU

and more…

NEW eBook, Transition Lacrosse Drills

First and foremost, I want to thank all of you so much for your support of the site. As you know it is our intent to keep 90% of the site free for registered members, and super content in the extensive library of podcast for our ‘Premium’ Member Family lacrosse coaching junkies… I am thankful…

I am so excited to share this with you. You all know what a huge believer I am in running at least an hour in each practice of transition drills. I get tons of emails, looking for ideas and drills, and new twists on drills for teams ranging from U11 to NCAA lacrosse teams to expedite the learning curve for lacrosse fundamentals. This philosophy has helped me, and helped improve practices for thousands of coaches who are members of our site. Simply put, it works.

This is the biggest most comprehensive eBook project I have worked on to date. I am humbled and thankful by the hundreds and hundreds of eBooks you have purchased in the past. If you loved the Customized Practice Plans, Changing Philosophies in Coaching Lacrosse, Coaching Youth Lacrosse, or the Specialty Lacrosse Drills eBook, you are really going to love this one.

At the point of this announcement and publishing this eBook, the drills in the eBook come from our 65 hrs of interviews with top NCAA Coaches on our site,, many who run the same drills in many different configurations. Although we promised 25 of my favorite transition drills the eBook delivers so much more… You will immediately notice we have actually included 28 transition drills/articles, (I could not force myself to pick just 25) and many offer three to four variations on each drill. So there are well over 25 drills and more than an additional 30 plus variations. Total — 70 pages of good stuff… with 29 diagrams.

Disclaimer — Almost all of the drills are taken form my articles on the site, as well as other websites for which I write lacrosse coaching columns. Most are found scattered through websites and on line for free. The concept here was to compile the articles in one single heading of transition drills to help you, help your teams improve, in one single super-easy to navigate eBook.

However, not all of the web published drills had diagrams and I have included many more in the eBook. Please do not email me suggesting you saw the same drill on my site for a refund, this is where they originally came from in many cases, and I want you to know this all on the front side.

Why think about purchasing this eBook?

Although there may be a few traditional drills, I can assure you they come with new twists. The difference between this and other products out there is the timing. This is latest transition lacrosse drills and variations coming from the top coaches in the country. These are not the traditional drills you grew up with, but the latest transition trends from the best NCAA Lacrosse Programs in the country.

Next– the timing of technology, if you have an app for saving a pdf file on your smart phone, ipad or any other popular ‘Reader’ you can have this ebook saved to reference whenever you like. There are a lot of free apps out there to do this, we use “Bluefire Reader” try it out it is also FREE! We have taken the time to put in electronic bookmarks to immediately link you to any of the 28 lacrosse drills and their variations.

If you are running five to eight transition drills in each practice, this allows you to keep the drills different or slightly different for each practice. This is a critical point as we have learned from NCAA coaches that having different drills each day at practice we keep the players interested and engaged at every level. I promise, with a little more time in selection and planning on your part, you will find the players are having a blast and learning and improving at a much faster rate, than traditional fast break drills or 6V6 with a bunch of players standing around.

Table of Contents

Beginning Concepts

Transition Communication Tips
Old Fast Breaks – The New Way…
Even – Down – Even

Transition Drills for any Roster, any Level…

2V1 Swing Drill
2V1 Passion Drill
3V2 From The Alleys
3V2 And Shooting Too!
3V2 REACT Drill
3V2 Sideline to Sideline or 70 yds…
3V2 70 yds Like You have never Seen it…
Clear to 3V2

4V3 – 3 Ways…
4V3 Both Ways in the Box!
4V4 ‘Lock On’ to Transition Drill
4v4 Sideline to Sideline Transition Drill

5V4 Transition with a Purpose Drill
5V4 Ground Balls in a Box Scramble Drill
Clear to 5V4 Transition Drill

Half Field Transition Drills

6V6 Jailbreak
Transition to 6V6
Crush the Field 5V5 Transition Drill

More 70 yd Transition Drills

The ‘Hill’ Transition Drill
Counter Attack Transition Drill

Full Field Transition Drills

2V1 Gr Balls to Full Field
5V5 Full Field Transition Drill ‘Slugger Drill’ 5V4 for a Blast in Transition
Full Field – ‘Add One’ w Face Offs

Featured Introductory Price
$21.99 Or about $1.27 per drill, or less than $.50 per drill with all the variations…

We are introducing the price at $21.99 for the first month and then it will go up to the retail of $29.99 to give all these resources in one place. Again, almost all of my articles are available somewhere on the internet, for free, but here they come all in one super-easy reference eBook.

As with all of our materials, your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed. If you do not think you got a great value for your money, or the ideas for these drills and ideas you may get for new drills, just let me know within a week, and I will refund your entire purchase price. No risk, no hassle. Just do not tell me the drills could have been found elsewhere, we covered that…

After you decide to purchase the virtual product, you will be directed to our shopping cart with e-junkie. You have the option of paying with your PayPal Account or by credit card. And as always, with our virtual products, we are counting on your honesty not to distribute or reproduce, as they are our copyrighted materials…

At the end of the process when you click, submit or purchase (it may take a minute,) you will then receive an email from us (via e-junkie) with the download link. I think it will offer five attempts to download… If you happen to miss the download, just shoot me an email and we will get you fixed up! You can add to the cart or check out, but please consider all the eBooks, they come directly from the great stuff offered by top coaches in our website library… Thanks!

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