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The Encyclopedia of Faceoffs

The Encyclopedia of Faceoffs

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with Kevin Donahue, Syracuse University Assistant Lacrosse Coach; member of 11 National Championship teams; 2001 Jay Gallagher Award as the nation's top Division I assistant coach; 3x All American midfielder at Syracuse

In the game of lacrosse, every possession counts. If your team can grab 4-5 extra possessions per game, it can be the difference between winning and losing. Kevin Donahue, one of the Orangemen's all-time great players and coaches, presents an exhaustive three part reference for coaches at every level - as well as developing lacrosse players.


Quick hands, a quick mind, physical strength and an insatiable desire to win make for a lethal combination at the faceoff X. Coach Donahue provides a detailed explanation of the importance of faceoffs and what he looks for in an ideal faceoff man.


Learn the basic concepts of hand and foot positioning. Hand and foot placement is not universal for every face off. As Donahue explains, there are subtle differences to better support each particular move. In a series of live, on-field demonstrations, Donahue walks you through all the primary moves in today's game:
• The Clamp and its variations: The Plunger Clamp, Pinch Clamp, and Snap Clamp
• Three different Jam moves to counter a quick-clamping opponent
• The Lazer, the Rake, the Reverse Clamp, and the desperation Swim Move

Coach Donahue leaves no aspect of the "game within the game" unexamined. He delivers every detail you need to correctly execute a clamp, to build muscle memory and to avoid common mistakes.

Building on these initial moves, Donahue quickly develops a wide range of techniques suitable for any player's skill level. To defend against these moves, counters are shown includings Chops, Handle Jams and Sweeps.

He unlocks the tactical contest of the faceoff, explaining in minute detail the technique required for each move, the proper hand and foot placement to support it, the advantages and drawbacks to different moves, and the most frequent errors to watch out for. Plus, how each move shifts into "Phase Two" when neither player has cleanly won the draw.


Discover drills for training faceoff men in a live practice session. Donahue uses a progressive method for drilling faceoffs: From individual drills to 1v1 to 3v3 (adding wing players).

These are the drills the Syracuse faceoff unit repeats daily to hone quickness and muscle memory for flawless execution. Competitive drills thrust players into game-like faceoff scenarios that continue to stress excellent technique, like sealing out to secure a ground ball and countering a strong clamper.

Drills include:

• Ground Ball Drill - Develops finding the ball and communication skills.
• Box Out Drill - Reinforces body position for success.
• Primary Move - Provides the faceoff men the opportunity to work on speed off the whistle.
• Partner Warm Up - Provides resistance and counter practice.
• The Bull Drill - Helps the faceoff man counter a clamper.
• Team Drills - Get a live box out drill for wings, live 3 v 3 drills, and a Best-Out-of-Seven Drill.

Every point covered throughout the DVD goes beyond simply telling you how to do a given technique. Coach Donahue takes the time to explain why he prefers one move or position over another, what type of stick and head may be required and the best situations for each move.

This densely-packed 70-minute DVD provides everything you need to mold a dominant faceoff man--even if you've never taken a draw yourself. With face-off play being such a vital part of the modern game this DVD could be the catalyst to take your program to the next level. DVD. 70 minutes. 2012.

Product Summary: More possessions means more victories for your team. Find out how to get more by winning more faceoffs!

Editorial Review: The techniques and drills shown in this dvd are presented in by an expert in an easy to follow format. Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5. Sports Nation Video Sales Rank: 3 out of 92 for the category Lacrosse Coaching DVDs.

About Coach Donahue: Donahue’s work with the Syracuse program and his service to lacrosse has not gone unnoticed. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Jay Gallagher Award as the nation’s top Division I assistant coach. Five years later, he was inducted into the Upstate New York chapter of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame for his achievements both as a coach and as a player.