2 Lacrosse Cradling CUES: Opposing grip (bottom hand palm down, top hand palm up).Head of stick almost upright near shoulder and ear.Rock the Baby – both hands work together to rotate the stick back and forth to keep the ball in the pocket.TASK: Cradle the Ball and:Stand still for 20 seconds.Walk fast for 20 meters.Jog for 20 meters.Run for 20 meters and practice pivots and evasive moves.
3 Lacrosse Catching CUES: “Ask” for the ball (hold stick out). Give/soft hands (as if cushioning a water balloon).Triple Threat (finish in athletic stance).TASK:From 10 meters away, have partner toss you the ball.From 10 meters away, have partner pass you the ball.From 20 meters away, have partner pass you the ball.Test your accuracy: See if you can catch a ball while zig zagging and moving evasively.
4 Lacrosse Throwing CUES Opposing grip. Dominant hand on top. Gently grip butt end of stick.Push/Pull.Step and follow through.TASK:Throw the ball 10 meters to your partner.Move back to 15 meters.Move back to 20 meters.Test your accuracy: See if you can throw to your partner while they zig zag and move evasively.
5 Lacrosse Give and Go 1: Pass the ball to a team mate. PURPOSE: The Give and Go is a multi-player offensive tactic that relies on passing and moving without the ball to create open scoring opportunities.CUES:PassGoCatchShoot & FollowTASK:Work with a partner.Partner A passes the ball to Partner B.Partner A runs to an open area (go) and asks for the ball.Partner B passes the ball to Partner B.Add a third player who will try to steal the passed ball.2: Move to Open Space.3: Ask for the ball, catch it.4. Shoot and Follow
6 Lacrosse ShootingPurpose: Shooting is a fundamental part of the game of lacrosse. It's important to learn the different styles and tactics of shooting to improve your game.Cues:Position your body so shoulders are perpendicular to the net.Position your hands in a way that feels strong.Notice the goalie's weak side.When aiming to shoot, look at your target.Once you step and aim, follow through.Task:Captains organize team into two lines.Athletes pass the ball back and forth and when they get close to the goal, they take a shot.Bonus: See if your team can score with a give and go.
7 Lacrosse Scooping Cues: “Scrape your knuckles” – push stick under and through ball by pushing bottom hand through.Run through the scoop, begin cradling immediately.“Kiss your stick” – raise head of stick to vertical position in front of face.Task:Scoop up a stationary ball.Scoop up a moving ball.Have your partner roll a ball on the ground, scoop it up.Challenge: Run through and scoop up a moving ball, end with cradle.
8 Lacrosse Goal KeepingPurpose: One of the hardest positions on the field, the lacrosse goalkeeper is pretty much the quarterback of the game. With a combination of fast reflexes, footwork, effective communication and perseverance, you too can become an amazing goalie. IfCues:Keep your arms relaxed and away from and in front of your body, elbows slightly bent.Bring your arms out as you step when catching the ball.Don't be afraid to come out of the creaseClear the ball.Task:Captains organize team 15 meters behind goal area.Each player takes turns shooting on goal and playing goalie.Bonus: practice give-n-go with a shot.
9 Mark/Zone DefensePurpose: To defend against scoring and create turnovers.Cues:Match up/Know your ZoneShadow/Protect your ZoneStay betweenCommunicateTask:Match up 2 v 2 or 3 v 3.Mini keep away games. 1 point for each successful catch.Games up to 5 points.Switch up the teams after each game.
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