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CHAOS - It's a Mindset in How We Play

C ONSTANTLY

H ARASS

A nd CREATE

O PPORTUNITIES to

S CORE

The CHAOS system is based on a philosophy of aggressive team defense and taking chances on offense - specifically being creative and a taking lots of good shots.

The CHAOS system was informally introduced to me at a young age - on the Onondaga Nation, in Upstate New York (near Syracuse). I first learned the beautiful "chaos" in the box with my Native American friends and teammates and later we played it at Lafayette Middle and High School. The game was played with creativity, aggressiveness, and a relentless passion to compete. Later, when I went to Roanoke College, Coach Bill Pilat formerly put the name "CHAOS" in words to describe our programs desired style of play. The system was rather simple, play fast/aggressive lacrosse with the following as a focus:

Aggressive TEAM defense (from ride to slide), winning the ground ball battle, getting ahead of the ball/beat your man, and take as many good shots as possible. You cannot score if you do not shoot.

DEFENSE & RIDE

Set Up, Approach, On-Ball Defense

TEAM DEFENSE: Crease Slide (1), 2 and 3 slides

TEAM DEFENSE: COMA Slides (adjacent when ball is behind, below goal)

TEAM DEFENSE: Special Situations (Lightning, Thunder, and Hammer)

OFFENSE & CLEARS

Standard Clear, M.A.P. Clear

WingO - Wing Dodge from an Open set, 6-man movement

X - Ray: 6-man offensive movement with misdirection

Pairs (2 - 4 Invert, 3 pairs working together)

Zone Offense: vs. Man Down or 6v6

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