Presentation on theme: "HOW DO I IMPROVE MY GAME, HAVE FUN AND BECOME A GREAT PLAYER?"— Presentation transcript:
1HOW DO I IMPROVE MY GAME, HAVE FUN AND BECOME A GREAT PLAYER?
2DURING THE OFF-SEASON HIT THE WALL ATTEND CAMPS PLAY WITH FRIENDS PLAY IN SUMMER, FALL & WINTER LEAGUES
3HIT THE WALLYou will get more out of this than any other thing you will doPractice on the wall with a purpose and focusFire up the i-pod and crank tunes
4ALWAYS PICK A SPOT/TARGET ON THE WALL WALL BALLALWAYS PICK A SPOT/TARGET ON THE WALLOVERHAND THROW CATCH RT – THROW LFT10 YARDS 8 YARDS50 EACH HAND 25 TOTALNote: step forward Note: stick protectionONE HAND THROW CATCH LFT – THROW RT7 YARDS 8 YARDS25 EACH HAND 25 TOTALQUICKSTICK CATCH – ROLL – CHANGE CHALLENGE YOURSELF3 YARDS 8 YARDS HOW MANY CAN I GET IN50 EACH HAND 30 TOTAL A ROW??Note: from the ear Note: simulate a roll dodge
5HELPFUL HINTS ON TECHNIQUE Throwing:Hand position—top hand halfway up the stick, bottom hand on butt endCradle the stick back using shoulders and hands, NOT JUST THE HANDSTurn so that shoulders are parallel to the target line and perpendicular to targetRaise your hands, front elbow and butt end of stick up to chest height (NOT HIGHER) butt end pointed at targetBegin throwing motion by stepping toward your target with opposite foot and moving the bottom hand forwardHead of the stick starts up, NOT toward the targetPush-pull, that is the top hand pushes up, the bottom hand pulls downGently snap the wrists at the release point (through the push with top hand)Follow through so the head of your stick is pointed at your targetCatchingHand position—beginners should have top hand on throat, advanced players can slide it down. Bottom hand always on butt end.Give a target with the top hand ahead of the bottom hand and the head of the stick out in front of your faceKeep your hands, arms, and shoulders relaxedLook the ball in to your stick and “give” with the top hand and arm when the ball hits the pocketHave top hand in front of bottom hand so they have room to “give” back into the box and be ready to throw.Videos:Core Skillz: Throwing(note—this may be a women’s lacrosse video, but it is a fantastic explanation of how to throw in lacrosse)“How to Throw and Catch”
6INDIVIDUAL GROUNDBALLS Key Points:Top hand on or toward throat, bottom hand on butt endGet low without losing your balance (bottom hand getting low is the key). Don’t get so low that you can’t run FAST through the ballBack arm straight but relaxedFront foot pointed “north” to the side of the ballMaintain speed through the ball, don’t break your strideDrive the head of the stick through the ball as you scoop it up, aiming slightly behind the ballBring the stick to your face and then to the box area (“3rd ear” position)Run away from pressure while looking up to passLittle kids think about “see it, smell it, hear it”If working with other kids – “Man! Ball! Release!”Drills for GBs:3 cones scoop and stop (cones 5 yds apart). Work on technique!!Individual gb, then flip behind you and repeat (start with 30 second intervals)Videos:Paul Rabil “Ain’t Nothin’ Gonna Break my Stride”“How To Play Lacrosse: Scooping a Ground ball”“Picking up Ground balls with Coach Kevin Finneran”
7ATTEND CAMPS There are a number of good choices in our local area (7/8-7/11)Offered to age 8 and up(7/16-7/18 & 7/30-8/01)Offered to 3rd grade thru middle school(7/8-7/12 & 7/15-7/19)Offered to age 5 and upNote: we realize these are expensive and are only providing for informational purposes. Each family needs to make their own decision.
8PLAY WITH FRIENDS Just use your sticks when you are not in season Challenge each other with tricks, off hand throws and catches…make it fun.Shoot on goalsGoals are available throughout the summer and deep in to the fall at Fair Haven Fields, Meadowridge and the High School
9OFF-SEASON LEAGUES & CAMPS/CLINICS We believe it is best to play other sports which will help you in lacrosse but if you have time…Keep in contact with your team and coaches to let them know you want to playMost of these start at the 3rd and 4th grade level but here are a few for younger ages(Summer,Fall,Winter)(Summer, Fall, Winter)(Fall, Winter)(Fall, Winter)
10PARENT’S - COMMUNICATE If there are places for improvement, if you have ideas, helpful contacts in the game, please share those with the programVolunteer, get involved, we can use help in many ways…coaches, website, fund raising and plenty more.We will help with discounted equipment offers throughout the year.Learn how to throw and catch so you can participate with your childCONTINUE TO CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR!