One of the most basic skills that all beginners must learn is how to scoop the ball effectively. When scooping, you want to get low to the ground and use the top part of the lacrosse head to scoop the ball up. To do this, bend your knees and lower the stick to the ground to pick the ball up in one fluid motion while continuing to run forward. Get comfortable with a low crouch while running and work on literally scooping the ball into the pocket. Be sure that your stick is parallel to the the ground. Any other angle will make it difficult for you to keep the ball in the pocket.

Once the ball is in, you need to bring the head up close to your face to avoid a successful check. More often than not, at least one opponent will have gained on you in the time it took to crouch and scoop. As soon as you are upright, you will want to look for an open teammate to get rid of the ball. A successful check is likely to happen right after a scoop. The very movements that help you successfully scoop the ball may very well be the same movements that allow your opponent to dislodge it. For this reason, you will want to pass to an open man as soon as possible.

PRACTICE TIPS
1. Move toward the ball at a crouch
2. Lower the stick to the ground to pick the ball up in one fluid motion
3. Keep your body between the defender and the ball by scooping on the side opposite the defender
4. Keep your top hand near the stick head for better control
5. Keep your stick parallel to the ground
6. Pick the ball up in one fluid motion while continuing to run forward
7. When the ball is secure, bring the head close to your face
8. Look to get rid of the ball immediately, but be sure your man is wide open