Lacrosse Stick Checks - Instructions, Videos, etc.

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Lacrosse Stick Checks - Instructions, Videos, etc.

This page provides instructions for a variety of basic and advanced lacrosse stick checks. Lacrosse beginners should focus on mastering basic lacrosse stick checks first (i.e. poke checks and lift checks). When kids are older and more advanced, they should learn the more advanced stick checks listed below and how to utilize body checks effectively.

Types of Lacrosse Stick Checks

Basic Stick Checks - Click on a specific stick check for videos & instructions

  • Lift Check - This check involves "lifting" an opponent's hands with your stick so the ball will drop out of his stick.
  • Poke Check - This check involves "poking" 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.
  • Slap Check - This check involves "slapping" at an opponent's stick (usually when you are on the run). However, if thrown too hard, it can be called for a slashing penalty.
  • Trail Check or Tomahawk Check - For younger players, this is usually a desperation check when they have been burnt by an opponent. You bring you stick down like a Tomahawk and hope to dislodge the ball from an opponent who is hanging his stick. However, this check can result in a slashing penalty because there is a good chance of hitting your opponent's helmet as you bring your stick down vertically near his head. For advanced players, a trail check is a useful tool for dislodging the ball when an opponent is about to shoot or pass.

Advanced Stick Checks - Click on a specific stick check for videos & instructions

  • Ding Dong Check - This is a defensive stick check used to strip the ball from an opponent. The first step of a Ding Dong check involves a fake Over The Head Check.
  • Ice Pick Check - This is a high risk check for lacrosse defenders as it can throw out of position.
  • Kayak Check - With this check, you will use the butt end of your stick in an attempt to dislodge the ball in your opponent's stick.
  • Over The Head Check - This is an advanced lacrosse stick check suited for tall lacrosse defensemen.
  • Rusty Gate Check - This is a one-handed lacrosse check.
  • One Hand Wrap Check - This check allows a defender to knock a ball loose from an opponent who is trying to guard his stick with his body.
  • Two Hand Wrap Check - This is the two-hand version of the One Hand Wrap Check.

Instructional Video for a Lacrosse Two Hand Wrap Check

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