3 on 2 cross over practice box field lacrosse drill

3-on-2 Cross-Over Drill

We see lots of teams using this great drill in Pregame Warm-Ups for both Box and Field Lacrosse Tournaments to work on stick skills, ball movement, and defense, all at the same time!

We originally saw this Box Drill at training camp for one of the NLL teams a few years ago. Since then, we see everybody using it. If the Pros are doing it, you probably should too. We have even seen youth teams using it in their pre-game warm ups.

Numbers-Advantage Situations happen dozens of times every game. 3-on-2's, 4-on-3's, 5-on-4's, 6-on-5's. The Pros really know how to draw the Defense and move the ball quickly. The big guys were getting a rep in about every 10 seconds. You might need more like 15-20 seconds per rep for youth or beginning players to really work this 3-on-2 to the goal.

Be Creative! Teams we watch that use this drill work everything in to each 3-on-2: Pass Fakes, Shot Fakes, a little Dodging, Picks & Rolls, everything. Let your players play!


You can start this drill with a ground ball or a pass. Put one line of Defenders up top outside the box and two lines of Attackers on either side of the goalie behind Goal Line Extended (GLE).

3 on 2 cross over practice drill

Figure 1.) Two Defenders (Red 1 and 2) start with the ball up top. Pass to one of the three Attackers down low on either side of the Goal. The two Defenders should then drop into the "Hole" to cover the middle of the field, in front of the goal. This will teach your players to get back and play Defense "from Inside-Out." Get in between the ball and the goal first.

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Try it out at your next practice and let us know how it goes!