Lacrosse Advice For Beginners

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Lacrosse Advice For Beginners

This lacrosse advice will help beginners to become a better lacrosse players. For advice specific to lacrosse parents (i.e. how you can help to improve your son's lacrosse skills), please our Lacrosse Advice for Parents section.

Lacrosse Tips

  • Practice, practice… PRACTICE!!!! If you only pick up a lacrosse stick in the Spring, you will fall behind your peers. The best players practice year round even if it is only wall ball. Therefore if you want to excel at lacrosse, you need to join a off-season lacrosse camp, practice with a friend or brother, play wall ball, find an empty lacrosse net at your local school, buy a lacrosse rebounder/bounce back, etc.
  • Practice using both hands (i.e. catching lefty and righty). You need to be proficient with both hands in order to excel in lacrosse. If you are only good with your dominant hand, opponents will find it easier to defend you. Wall ball is a simple & easy way to become more ambidextrous (i.e. practice shooting & catching with your non-dominant hand).
  • Build up your endurance as there is lots of running in lacrosse. The best players are able to out hustle their opponents when everyone else is tired. Playing off-season sports such as football, soccer, basketball and track will also help to build your overall endurance.
  • Lacrosse is a team sport. If you score a goal, don't go off hot dogging and celebrating your "awesomeness". You should go and congratulate the person who feed you with the assist… especially if you want them to pass it to you again!!
  • Watch ALL of our free lacrosse instructional videos because you will learn new lacrosse skills & techniques and discover what your opponent may use to stop you.
  • Some of the key elements to learn as a beginner are catching (no one will pass to you if you can not catch in order to avoid a costly turnover), cradling, passing, ground balls, shooting, dodging and defending.
  • Speaking of catching, beginners need to make sure their top hand is next to the head of the lacrosse stick (so the head is almost like a baseball glove - an extension of your hand). Too often, you see beginners with their top hand halfway down the stick and thus they have a difficult time catching a lacrosse ball (as they have a hard time judging the appropriate distance between the "further away" head and ball).
  • Ground balls win games… because a ground ball "victory" gives your team possession of the ball and a chance to score. If you hustle and fight for every ground ball, your coaches will love you! Tip - Practice using your feet during a battle for a loose ground ball (as you can kick it out of the scrum and into position for an easy pickup). Also learn how to use your hips/butt to "box out" (screen out) an opponent in order to win loose ground balls.
  • For accuracy, lacrosse beginners should focus on shooting overhand (versus sidearm or underhand).
  • Most beginners should aim low when shooting on the goal. It takes beginner goalies more time to move their stick down from the ready position (up near their head) and thus they are less likely to block a good low shot (i.e. aimed at the bottom right or left of the goal). Also a low shot can ricochet off the ground and into the goal (often at a strange angle which makes it even tougher for a beginner goalie). In contrast, a high shot will sail over the goal and thus there is no chance for a ricochet goal. Visit our lacrosse shooting page for more shooting tips & advice.
  • Learn the penalties in lacrosse because you will cost your team if you make repeated mistakes. For beginners, slashing to the head seems to be the biggest problem (as they try to dislodge a ball from an opponent's stick with a mighty swing but miss and hit their opponent's helmet). Beginners should be encouraged to use poke checks versus a "tomahawk" chop with their lacrosse stick.
  • Beginners in lacrosse do not have to be super tall (unlike basketball) or super muscular (unlike football) in order to be very good at lacrosse. Small and average-sized kids can the best on a lacrosse team if they have superior stick skills (gained through hard work and practice) and plenty of hustle. Lacrosse is a great sport where a kid can be a star by outworking the other kids (versus needing to have a superior natural athletic ability).





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