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Lacrosse Preseason Stick Skills

Lacrosse Preseason Stick Skills

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BOYS’ LACROSSE

OFFSEASON STICK SKILLS PROGRAM

Wall Ball
 ANY WALL will work, but a smooth concrete or flat brick wall at least 10 ft. tall is the best surface.  All drills are performed with BOTH HANDS.  Use your GLOVES!!!! You play with gloves so why not practice with them.

no cradle)  Split dodge. Left side: Throw left and keeping hands on the stick reach across to the right side of your body and catch. then 50 left (one quick cradle)  One hand catch and cradle – 50 right.50 right.  Perform this routine 3-5 TIMES a week for 20-30 MINUTES. then 50 left (no cradle)  One hand quick stick . Bring the stick back across your body to the left and start the next rep throwing left (one quick cradle each time).        Start with your feet in the throwing position. one quick cradle)  Two hand quick stick .50 right.” “Players with good sticks can always find their way onto the field!”  Stand 5-7 yards from wall (3 – 5 yards when doing quick stick). split back to right hand. then 50 left (hand in middle of the stick. split dodge to left hand. Weekly Wall Ball Tracking “You can greatly improve your stick work by yourself !” .50 total  Cross handed. Throw hard snapping your wrists with a full follow-through. DO NOT snap the stickhead when catching the ball. at a 90 degree angle to the wall.  Practice PROPER TECHNIQUE & FORM or your efforts could be wasted. throw left. Focus on your upper body mechanics and throwing motion. then 50 left (hand in middle of the stick. Start with your stick handle by your ear. Keep arms and hands away from your body.50 right. catch right. catch left. Your hips and shoulders will create a twisting motion as you throw.50 right.  Drills:  Two hand catch and cradle . then 50 left. Bring the stick back across your body to the right and start the next rep throwing right.Right side: throw right and keeping hands on the stick reach across to the left hand side of your body and catch.“Stick skills are by far the most important facet of the game of lacrosse.throw right.

Don’t let the competition pass you by. put a hat/boots on in the cold/snow and do what you have to do to get out there each week.“Stick skills are by far the most important facet of the game of lacrosse. No excuses! Appendix – Form and Technique “You can greatly improve your stick work by yourself !” .” “Players with good sticks can always find their way onto the field!” Sun Two hand catch and cradle 50 Right 50 Left Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Sat One hand catch and cradle 50 Right 50 Left Two hand quick stick 50 Right 50 Left One hand quick stick 50 Right 50 Left Split dodge Cross handed 50 Total 50 Right 50 Left  Crank some tunes.

Keep the head of the stick in the box and not down off the shoulder. Passing is like casting a fishing line.“Stick skills are by far the most important facet of the game of lacrosse. it is easy to set a goal for next time. Try to keep the head of the stick in the box at all times. Do as much as much of this routine 4-5 times a week for 15-20 minutes (no more). "snap" the wrist which will cause the ball to come out of the stick in a straight line and bounce off the wall straight back into the stick kept in the box area.e. If you only get through part of the drill."Your lacrosse stick should become part of your body!" To become proficient in passing and shooting. but a smooth concrete surface at least 10 feet tall is the best. Hold the stick such that the dominant hand is across your body. The head of the stick should be kept in the "box" near the opposite ear. Your goal should be to get through the entire drill (50 reps with each hand) with each hand in less than 20 minutes. Be ready for the ball to return in a hurry. lead with your left foot if passing from the right. Proper Cross-hand Technique: This is the similar to two-hand technique. or "push" the ball. Go to a cinderblock or brick wall and stand approximately 5 . Then with one hand. Change your foot stance as you change your hands i. You can and will observe daily improvement if proper technique is maintained. If your form is sloppy. Do not take shortcuts. you will be slinging the ball and thus wasting your time. This is a leftyrighty work out. Remember that your goal is to strengthen the wrists. however. Proper Two Hand Technique: Wearing gloves. Any wall will work (no windows). overhand motion. as wrists become stronger. This will be difficult at first. the player must be able to propel the ball from the stick with the wrist "snap. Stick protection is important. Beginning players should start at 30 reps with each hand before moving to a different part of the drill. which causes the ball to leave the stick on a low trajectory resulting in a low pass or shot. Attempt to do as many reps as possible.” “Players with good sticks can always find their way onto the field!” THE WALL DRILL . An excellent way to develop the wrist snap is to utilize the wall. Your opposite hand should cover the end cap. Aim for as many reps as possible with desired form. Snap the top wrist while bringing the bottom hand towards your dominant armpit. This will be awkward at first but only the advanced players will get to this stage. “You can greatly improve your stick work by yourself !” ." Many beginning players pass and shoot with an arm motion. Increase the reps. and wrist snap. Proper One Hand Technique: Wearing gloves. and so forth. to become proficient in releasing the ball with the snap of the wrists. hold the stick with your top hand approximately half way down the shaft of the stick. that is: stick in the box. hold the stick in one hand at its balance point and then place the head of the stick in the "box" area next to the ear. Remember the below drills must be performed in the correct manner. to gain hand speed.6 feet away. and to develop a quick release. such as letting the stick hang down off the shoulder. This will help to keep your stick in a vertical position.

kudda.com/clinic/Advanced_Wall_Drills Wall ball drills from Backdoor goals http://Files.com/Text/Documents/2273/10314.pdf Wall ball drills – Usefi http://Files.com/clinic/Wall_Drills_Part_2/Wall_drills_dodges www.kudda.” “Players with good sticks can always find their way onto the field!” Appendix – Videos and other Resources Wall ball drills on Kudda: www.com/Text/Documents/2273/10317.LeagueAthletics.com/clinic/Wall_Drills_for_the_Beginners www.pdf Wall ball drills by Paul Carcaterra http://Files.LeagueAthletics.pdf Stick skills by Crista Samaras http://Files.com/Text/Documents/2273/10316.com/Text/Documents/2273/10315.pdf “You can greatly improve your stick work by yourself !” .“Stick skills are by far the most important facet of the game of lacrosse.LeagueAthletics.LeagueAthletics.kudda.

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