BASIC LACROSSE SKILLS
Right Handed Pass
a. Holding the stick- the best position for your hands for accuracy and distance is shoulder width apart. The left hand should be on the butt end of the stick.
b. Stepping towards the target- with your right foot perpendicular and your left shoulder pointing towards the target, a comfortable step should be made towards the target. This will shift your weight towards the target, providing more power to the pass.
c. Follow-through- after the pass the head of your stick should be pointing to the precise spot you wish the ball to go.
d. Cracking the elbow- if the follow-through has been done correctly the stick should be resting parallel with your forearm and your bottom hand resting on your elbow.
General Comments: Always present a stationary target for the passer by keeping your stick in the box area, and calling "Here's Your Help" if you are open. Help the passer by making passes about fifteen yards. If you are further than fifteen yards cut towards the passer. If you are closer than fifteen yards get open by moving away from the passer.
Catching- Moving Towards the Ball
a. Stick position- your stick should be perpendicular to the ground, with the head of your stick next to your ear. Present a target to the passer. You can move your top hand up the throat of your stick to increase your stick control.
b. Stick movement- upon impact of the ball with pocket of your stick, you may either pull the stick directly back, or gently turn into the ball.
Catching- Moving Away from the Ball
a. Stick position- your stick should point slightly in front of you, your back should be to the passer and angle of your cut so you can comfortably catch the ball over your shoulder. Your top hand should be the closest one to your shoulder.
b. Stick movement- follow the ball into your stick and wait for the ball to arrive. If the pass is short, turn to meet the ball instead of reaching back. Move your feet before moving your stick to catch an off target pass.
General comments: Your top hand should slide up the shaft of the head of the stick. Keep your bottom hand at the butt end of the stick and as low to the ground as possible. In order to scoop you MUST keep your bottom hand down and get low! This makes your stick parallel to the ground. As soon as the scoop is done, bring your stick into the box area so you are ready to pass or feed. Remember your objective is to get the loose ball, not beat up on the opposing player!
One on one
a. Body position- to scoop the ball, it is necessary to get as low to the ground as possible by bending at the waist. Your head should be down, following the path of the ball. The scoop is executed when your nose is directly over the ball. Use your body to shield the ball from the opposing player by keeping your body between the other player and the ball.
Two on One- "Man, Ball"
a. Body position- the player closest to the opposing player calls "Man" and uses his body as a shield to protect the ball. You must be within five yards of the ball to make contact with the opposing player. Your teammate will call "Ball" and scoop the ball. As soon as he gets possession of the ball he calls "Drop Off" so the opposing player can be released.