Instructions for a Lacrosse Poke Check

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Instructions for a Lacrosse Poke Check

This page provide details on how to throw a strong and effective poke check in lacrosse. This check involves "poking" at an opponent's hands with your stick so he drops the ball. Moreover, a poke can miss the hands and still disrupt an opponent because it strikes his stomach, etc.

For other stick checks (i.e. wrap check), please visit the main Lacrosse Stick Checks section.

Tips & Instructions for Better Poke Checks

  • Aim at the hands of your opponent.
  • Don't throw yourself out of position by lunging and putting your full weight behind the poke check. This makes it difficult to recover and stay with your man.
  • If you miss, you can still disrupt your opponent by hitting his stomach or ribs. However, if his hands are over his head and you poke at his stomach, you will be called for a penalty!
  • Unlike a tomahawk or slap check, you are less likely to be called for a slashing penalty with a poke check.

Instructional Video for Lacrosse Poke Checks

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