4. 23 - Trilogy Lacrosse

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Select Team Offense: The 23 Set
The 23 Set: Level of Play
•Level of Play
The “23” set is our most advanced and
demanding set as it requires players to make
a variety of instinctive and reactive reads. This
set is suitable only for the most advanced age
and skill levels.
The 23 Set: Set Up
•Setup
Like our “22”, this offense starts in the 2-2-2
formation, but “flexes” or moves into a 2-1-3
umbrella set. In the initial 2-2-2 formation
there will be two players up-top in front of
the goal, two players on the crease, and two
players behind the goal. Typically the players
up-top are midfielders and the players behind
the goal are attackmen. The players on the
crease are, therefore, one attackman and one
midfielder…
The 23 Set: Set Up
•Set Up (Continued)
As they do in the “22” set A1 and A2 start
approximately 5-7 yards behind the goal and
5-7 yards to the left and right of the goal
respectively. M1 and M2 start at the top of
the restraining box and 5-7 yards to the left
and right respectively. M3 and A3 start on the
crease approximately 5-7 yards in front of the
goal in line with the light and right goal posts.
A1
A2
A3
M3
M1
M2
The 22 Set (M1 Dodging)
The 22 Set: Execution
•Execution (If M1 Alley Dodges)
This offense starts with either M1 or M2
dodging (we will assume M1 is the dodger in
this instance). On the alley dodge, M3 will
“pop” out the backside. M2 will follow. A1 will
make himself available as an outlet and A2
will pinch the backside for a potential skip,
then he will move to “X” for a re-dodge.
A1
A2
A3
M3
M1
M2
The 23 Set (M1 Dodging)
After the initial dodge, if
M1 doesn’t have a shot,
he wants to look to the
crease, or ahead to A1 or
he wants to “rollback”
and throw the ball to
M2.
The 23 Set (M1 Dodging)
The 22 Set: Execution
• If M1 Throws To A1
If M1 throws to A1, then A3 wants to cut
down for the ball. A1 should look to A3 on the
crease or to M2 on the skip. If neither of
these are open, A1 wants to throw to A2 on at
“X” for the re-dodge.
When he receives the pass
from M1, A1 will look to
the crease for A3; he will
look to skip to M2; or he
will move the ball to the
backside.
On the re-dodge, A2 wants to
push the backside. M3, who has
rolled off the crease on the
initial dodge, wants to roll back
up field, M2, wants to roll to the
backside for a skip lane and A3
wants to cut on the crease.
After pushing the
backside, A2 wants to
look for his shot.
Otherwise, he can look to
M3 ahead, M2 on the skip
or A3 on the crease.
The 23 Set (M1 Throwing to A1)
The 23 Set: Execution
• If M1 Throws Back To M2
If M1 throws back to M2 (who is following the
play), then M2 wants to step in and draw a
defender, then move the ball immediately to
the backside to M3 (the “pop-off” guy) who
will look to shoot and or re-dodge. On this
action, A1 will show to the ball, then move
back toward “X” on the rollback. A2 pinches
the crease on the initial dodge, then fades to
the end-line to create dodging room for M3.
On the re-direct,
M3 will first look to
shoot, then he will
look inside at A3, or
to re-dodge. His
outlet will be A2 at
“X”.
The 23 Set (M1 Throw Back to M2)
The 23 Set: Execution
• If M1 Sweeps
If M1 decides to sweep to his right, M2 can
either cut through, or set an on-ball screen
for M1. If he cuts through he wants to look to
replace up top. On this action, M3 will still
look to “pop” out the backside. A3 will float in
the crease looking for a feeding lane. A2 will
now curl for the outlet, and A1 will pinch the
backside and then move to “X” to provide an
re-dodging opportunity.
A1
A2
A3
M3
M1
M2
The 23 Set (If M1 Sweeps)
After the sweep, M1
wants to look to the
crease, or ahead to
the A2. The throwback
off the sweep is
difficult, but it is
available, if M2 cuts
through and replaces.
The 23 Set (If M1 Sweeps)
The 23 Set: Execution Attack Dodging
•Execution (Attack Dodging)
The 23 can be initiated by M1 or M2, but it
can also be initiated by A1 or A2. In this
scenario the attackmen want to either dodge
a side, or use a “two-man” game to get
themselves free. In both attack dodging
scenarios, the off-ball midfield movement
involves a ball-side attack or midfield “pop”,
using the other player as a pick. The hope is
to occupy the first and second sliders with
movement…
The 23 Set: Execution Attack Dodging
•Execution (Attack Continued)
It’s imperative that this “pop” be high enough
that the dodging attackman has sufficient
space to operate. The other midfielders
respond accordingly. The adjacent midfielder
rolls to the middle looking for a skip lane. And
the far midfielder moves down the backside
looking for a skip lane.
A1
A2
M3
A3
M1
M2
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging)
On the dodge A1, has a variety
of options. If the shot is not
available, he can look to the
“pop-off” guy, he can look to
the crease, or he can check his
skip lanes: up-top and on the
backside. If none of these
options is available, he should
roll back and hit A2 at “X”.
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging)
The 23 Set: Execution Attack Dodging
• If A1 Throws To M1
If A1 throws to M1, M1 wants to step in for a
shot, then look to the crease. The other
midfielders want to stay spread and prepared
to “swing” the ball to the backside for a re-
dodge.
On the re-direct, the “popguy” should immediately
look to shoot. Otherwise,
he can feed the crease, the
backside (A1), the nearside
sneaker (A2) or he can redodge himself.
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging Throws to M1)
The 22 Set: Execution
• If A1 Throws To A2
If A1 throws back to A2, then A2 should push
the backside looking to feed A3 and M3 on
the crease. If neither A3 or M3 is open, A2
should push for his shot and then use M2 as
his outlet.
On the re-dodge, A2 wants to
look to push the corner. If he
doesn’t get his shot, he
should look to the crease and
at his skip lanes (M2 and M3).
Otherwise, he wants to rollback and re-set. Or push the
ball ahead and re-set.
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging Throws Back to A2)
The 23 Set: Execution “23 Purple”
• Special Play (23 Purple)
“23 Purple” is an away from ball pick during
the backside (A2) re-dodge. This play can be
used in special instances, or on every redodge, depending on what the coach wants.
This play is not only an excellent goal scoring
opportunity, it naturally “re-balances” the
original 2-2-2 set so that the “23” can be run
again seamlessly.
The 23 Set (“23 Purple” Starting from the M1A1-A2 Re-dodge Opportunity )
The 23 Set (“23 Purple” M1-A1-A2-M1)
The 23 Set: Execution Attack Dodging
•Execution (Attack “Two-Man”)
If A1 and A2 decide they want to use one
each other in a “two-man” game, they should.
Whether this is a standard (attack-attack) or a
“classic” (attack-midfield) two man game, it
should be run the same way as the regular
attack initiated “23”, with the exception that
the initial dodge will involve and on-ball
screen. The midfielders should respond
according to the location and nature of the
attack dodge.
A1
A2
M3
A3
M1
M2
The 23 Set (A1-A2 Two-man)
If A1 doesn’t have a shot off the
initial dodge, he can look to the
“pop-off” man ahead of him, or
he can look to the crease, or at
his skip lanes. If none of these is
available, he should roll back
and move the ball to “X”.
The 23 Set (A1-A2 Two-man)
The 22 Set: Execution Attack Dodging
•Execution (Attack Option 2)
Another “adjustment” or “wrinkle” that can
be used with the attack initiated “23” is the
backside “pop”. In this instance, the
midfielder or attackman who has been
designated as the “pop guy” on the crease,
will go out the backside rather than the front.
This is a useful alternative look if the defense
has keyed on the offensive motion. This
adjustment can be used on either the regular
attack dodge, or on the two-man game.
A1
A2
M3
A3
M1
M2
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging With Backside Pop)
On the backside “pop”
option, the looks are a
little bit different, but
A1 wants to look to the
crease or ahead to the
front side midfielders
(M1 and M2). This is
also a great way to set
up a backside “redodge”
On the re-direct, the
“pop-guy” wants to
immediately look to
shoot. Otherwise, he
can look to the
crease, to A2 showing
from “X” or he can redodge himself.
The 23 Set (A1 Dodging With Backside Pop)
The 23 Set: Final Thoughts
• The 23 Set: Final Thoughts
The “23 Set” is a very complex set that
requires players be able to react instinctively
to what the defense presents them. Because
this offense starts in the “22” set it is an
excellent complimentary offense for teams
that choose to run the “22” set on a normal
basis. The “23” therefore provides an
excellent change of pace or adjusted look if
teams are defending the “22” effectively…
The 23 Set: Final Thoughts
• The 23 Set: Final Thoughts Cont.
The “23 Set” is very flexible. Coaches can
decide to use and attackman or a midfielder
as their “pop-guy”. These decisions should be
based on who the best shooters/decision
makers are. If you have a good time and room
shooter, it would be wise to use him as the
“pop-guy” as teams tend to lose track of this
man, because he’s not in an immediately
dangers position. On the re-direct, he will be
in a prime attacking spot.

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