Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason Share Their Favorite Drills to Improve Your Game

Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason Share Their Favorite Drills to Improve Your Game

Trevor Baptiste and Brendan Gleason are two of the top professional lacrosse players in the world today. Trevor hails from Newark, New Jersey and after an illustrious career at the University of Denver where he was a 4x First Team All-American and National Champion he joined Atlas of the Premier Lacrosse League where he has become world renowned for his faceoff skills.

Brendan grew up in Essex, Vermont before signing with Notre Dame where he would go on to make the 2017 ACC All-Tournament Team and the 2019 All-ACC Team. He was drafted 17th overall in the 2019 PLL Entry Draft and now currently plays for Redwoods as an Attacker.

Below you can find several drills that Brendan and Trevor use to enhance their attacking and handling skills.

Video 1: GB Wall Ball.

Q: Why did you choose this drill?

A: I chose this drill because it incorporates ground balls, catching, throwing, and a little bit of ball handling all in one.

Q: How does this drill improve your game?

A: This drill improves your game because not only does it help improve your ground ball play and stick handling, but it also flows them together. So it helps players work on all of these skills in a lacrosse motion rather than just individually.

Q: Why is this drill essential to every lacrosse player?

A: This drill is essential to every lax player because picking up ground balls is crucial to all positions and the success of the team. It’s also important that you can handle the ball and move it fast after you pick it up to open up scoring opportunities and get out of pressure.



Video 2: Dodging and Shooting

Q: Why did you choose that drill?

A: For offensive players (like myself), it’s important to practice what you’re doing in games.  This drill is great because it’s an easy way to simulate situations that you will find yourself in during the course of a game and can be adjusted depending on your position (middie vs. attack) and your style of play.

Q: How does this drill improve your game?
A: It allows you to practice dodging at full speed and finishing with a shot, just as you would in a game situation.  You can do all types of variations of this drill (different parts of the field, different types of shots, left-handed, right-handed, etc.)

Q: Why is this drill essential to every lacrosse player?

A: Pretty much every offensive player is going to be asked to dodge during the course of a game.  Being able to effectively break down your defenseman, dodge to the goal, and finish on the run at full speed will not only help in creating scoring opportunities for yourself, but will also open up other options for you as a passer and allow your teammates to play off of you and put themselves in good positions to score.



Put In Work: Elite Football Training

Put In Work: Elite Football Training

To be the best football player on the field, you must train like one. We collaborated with some of the top football trainers in the game to get their workout programs that will take your skills to the next level. Below are a few simple drills that you can do on the field or add to your at-home workout routine.

Fast Feet Drill from @receiverfactory

Football isn’t always about straight-line speed. Keep your quick-twitch muscles firing with this fast feet drill.

 

Warm Up Jab Drill from @receiverfactory

A successful juke can go a long way when faking out a defensive back. Make sure your jab foot stays strong with this warmup drill.

 

Warm Up Hips and Feet Drill from @receiverfactory

Fluid hips can be a wideout’s biggest asset when working to get open. Take a look at this warmup drill to keep your hips and feet mobile.

 

Jump Ball Drills from @receiverfactory

Every wide receiver’s dream is to make that game-winning, jump ball play. Up your chances at success with this simple drills.

 

Release vs. Press Coverage from @stephen_garcia5

Watch this simple technique that creates great separation from defensive backs in press coverage.

 

While you’re here, make sure to grab the football gear you need to elevate your game.

Finish Your Run Right with Cool Down Workouts from HOKA Runner Jared Hazen

Finish Your Run Right with Cool Down Workouts from HOKA Runner Jared Hazen

Jared Hazen is not your typical runner. Born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, he ran track and cross-country in high school specializing in the 3200m. Following his graduation Jared decided to forego college and instead moved to Teton National Park to begin training. Rather than competing in 5k, 10k, or even marathons, Jared runs in ultrarunning competitions regularly going 50+ miles in events.

Now partnered with HOKA, Jared trains every day in the mountains and is looking to become one of the top runners in the world. His training regimen is intense, and after each session Jared does several cool down exercises to ease his body back to reality and help recover before his next workout. You can check out his favorites below and make sure to add them to your training.

Cooldown 1:

  • Find a step. Stand on one leg on that step with your knee slightly bent.
  • Slowly lower your other leg until your toes hit the ground.
  • Should take about 10 seconds.
  • Switch legs.

Cooldown 2:

  • Stand next to a wall with your hip almost touching.
  • Raise your inside leg in a running-type motion. Place a towel between your leg and the wall.
  • Swing your leg back and forth in a running motion keeping the towel in place.
  • Turn around and do the same thing for the other leg.

Cooldown 3:

  • Lay on your back.
  • Bring your knee to your chest.
  • Grab the back of your thigh and continue to bring it closer to your chest.
  • Do the same thing for the other leg.

You can follow Jared’s journey by checking out his Instagram @jared_hazen. If you’re looking for some high-performance running gear be sure to head to Eastbay and shop all the best HOKA gear.

Softball Hand-Eye Coordination Drills with A.J. Andrews

Softball Hand-Eye Coordination Drills with A.J. Andrews

A.J. Andrews is known for her dynamic flair on the field, and eye-catching fashion off of it. She is recognized as one of the most exciting softball players in the world and is the first woman to ever win a Rawlings Gold Glove award. Off the field, A.J. is a motivational speaker who promotes women and girls’ empowerment and works as a special guest at softball clinics around the nation.

A.J. also preaches that one of the most important skills to work on in softball is hand-eye coordination. And we got an inside look into one of her favorite drills that focuses on exactly that. Watch the video and follow the steps below to improve your hand-eye coordination and elevate your game.

Step-by-step Drill Instructions

  1. Grab some tennis balls or softballs.
  2. Get a friend, teammate, or parent to toss you the balls.
  3. Start the drill in position like you would in the field of play.
  4. Have the individual tossing the balls stand 5-10 yards away facing you.
  5. To start the drill, have the individual toss one ball at a time in the air in different directions. For example: As soon as you catch one ball to your right, have the person throw another ball to your left.
  6. Repeat the process back and forth from right to left.
  7. Mix it up by having the individual throw the balls from front to back as well as side to side.

 

A.J.’s specialty is making spectacular plays on the field with ease. Check out the full list of products she uses to stay at the top of her game by clicking here or going to eastbay.com.

Enhance Your Skills with Dribbling & Footwork Drills from Ariana Dos Santos

Enhance Your Skills with Dribbling & Footwork Drills from Ariana Dos Santos

From her very first steps, Ariana Dos Santos had a soccer ball at her feet. By the time she turned two, she was dribbling through cones in the living room of her home. Her passion for soccer has led her to several of her favorite life experiences so far. She was a guest of honor for the Brazil National Team, the star of Steve Harvie’s “Little Big Shot,” and has filmed several sports commercials. Ariana now plays for Florida Premier Football Club and is excited to empower girls who play sports. 

Below you can find several of her favorite drills that she uses to improve her dribbling and footwork skills so she can dominate on the pitch.

GLUED TO YOUR FEET: In this video, Ariana starts off with a little bit of foundation. She progresses into a step over and turn. Then she begins dribbling through the cones using the inside of her feet, focusing on keeping the ball close to her feet. In the second part of the exercise, she uses the outside and inside of her foot, with a little more speed to create confusion/uncertainty for the defenders. 

PULL BACKS AND STEP OVERS: Here, Ariana is doing a combination using her right and left foot, focusing on using the inside part of her foot. After weaving through the cones, she sets up a pull-back move before using a burst of speed to quickly get to the next set of cones. 

CLOSE CONTROL: Here is a combination of all the exercises. This gives Ariana the freedom to use her own creativity. She rolls and pushes the ball through the cones using her right and left foot. She follows that up with right and left foot scissors. To end, she uses a Ronaldo turn and finish with a fun flick in the air to catch the ball. 

FREEDOM AND FUN: In this exercise, the cones were removed, and Ariana plays as if she was in the World Cup! She does a few double scissors through her imaginary defenders progressing into a Maradona move before slicing into a defender with an elastic. She finishes with some Ronaldo flair and celebrates her goal with a big smile and thumbs up.

Improve Your Handle with Basketball Drills from Drew Hanlen

Improve Your Handle with Basketball Drills from Drew Hanlen

Drew Hanlen is a basketball skills coach & consultant who counts stars Joel Embiid, Jayson Tatum, Bradley Beal, Zach LaVine, and more as full-time clients. He is also the CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball, and his internationally renowned Unseen Hours Skills Clinics have been held in 26 countries around the world.

Drew knows what it takes to succeed on the court, and one of the most important things is to have a tight handle that allows you to consistently attack your defender without turning the ball over. Check out both drills below to learn some new moves to add to your arsenal.

Cross-Step Basketball Tutorial

Step 1: A long lunge forward making sure the ball and foot hit at the same time. Make sure to decelerate on the front foot.

Step 2: Use a pocket dribble and an anchor step to get back on balance while still protecting the ball. Balance is crucial to maintaining your attacking momentum.

Step 3: Once you’re balanced, change directions either using a behind-the-back or crossover dribble and then attack the basket.

Same-Foot Stop Basketball Tutorial

Step 1: Lunge your strong-hand foot forward and take a pound dribble at the same time. The dribble should be just outside your heel to protect the ball.

Step 2: Flip your stance with either a between-the-legs or behind-the-back dribble to create a new attacking angle.

Step 3: Attack in the new direction.

You can also find some of Drew’s favorite gear to play and train in when you shop his gift guide at eastbay.com