Pure joy can be found in the set lacrosse play.
The game is tied and you get in the offensive zone.
There is 10 seconds left in the game.
You call out your set play during time a out.
Your team executes it flawlessly...
Goal scored from the crease... winner, winner chicken dinner!
Does it get any better than that?
This is why so many of us are intrigued by the set play and we love looking for new ones. If you love coaching it is fun! It is just that simple.
When should you use set plays?
A set play can add a twist to an offense. It gives you the opportunity to show the defense something different that your offense typically could not run on the fly.
Set plays are most commonly run out of the following special situations:
<li>after time outs</li> <li>at the beginning of games of a first possession</li> <li>at end of games for a last possessoin</li> <li>when you really needs a goal</li> <li>when your offense is stagnant</li> <li>off of an inbounds</li>
What is the right play for your lacrosse team?
To choose the right set plays, you need to consider the following:
<li>What set are you most effevtive in? Some think it is best to choose set plays works within your standard offensive set. If you run your primary offense from a 2-2-2, then choose a play that can function out of that formation. This way the defense doesn't get a cue to what's coming. But also your players are a little bit more comfertable in that set in case tings go array. Some people like to show a totally different look. This is a great time to do this as your lacrosse team may not be adapt to running that set on the fly but in a set play that is a bit more choreographed and better opportunity may arise. Personally I think it is best to show one set and go into the other.</li> <li>Who is on the field? If you have a great crease attackmen that is great at scoring inside, then you will want to choose a play that will get him open in front of the goal. If your inside game is poor but you have great shooters and ball didgers, then choose a play that spreads things out and keep the defense off balance.</li> <li>What are your plays designed to do? Most lacrosse coaches have 3-4 plays ready for various situations. Therefore make a list of the varied situations you need to be ready for. Have play ready for even you have lots of time and a play if you have limited time. Have a play ready to take advantage of the defense from behind and have a play to take advantage from up top. That way you can manipulate match ups. And obvisouly have a play ready for a zone and a man defense. But keep in mind, do not overload you lacrosse team with to many options.</li>