Lacrosse Cradling - Instructions, Videos, Tips, etc.

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Lacrosse Cradling - Instructions, Videos, Tips, etc.

Lacrosse athletes need to work on their cradling skills. This is a very important basic lacrosse skill in order to avoid dropping the ball (i.e. when kids are running down the field) and to protect the ball from defensive pressure.

Lacrosse Cradling Tips

  • Practice cradling the ball vertically. While it is easier to cradle a ball with your stick horizontal (parallel to the ground), it is also easier for an opponent to check and dislodge the ball.
  • Cradle the ball close to your head or body. If an opponent is trying to dislodge the ball, he could miss and strike your helmet. If he hits your helmet, he will be called for a slashing penalty and this will help your team.
  • Cradle the ball on the side away from your opponent. Use your body to protect the stick. Have your body between your opponent and the ball.
  • If you cradle with one arm, you need to lock your other arm in position (usually looks like an upside down L) in order to avoid a warding penalty.

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