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The goalie position is quite possibly the most important on a lacrosse team because a good goalie can separate an ok team from a great one. So what makes a good goalie? Well, obviously, a good goalie can stop any shot taken by the opponent. A good goalie is also able to “clear” the ball (carry and pass the ball to an open teammate). But much like a football quarterback, a good goalie is also a leader who knows the ins and outs of the game. He/she must have a thorough understanding of the needs of their team and what More >
Defense is probably the least recognized position in lacrosse since defensemen are not the goalmakers… Not directly at least. But a good all around team requires a good offense and a good defense. Without a good balance on both sides of the field, your team will struggle if your defense is weak.
Size is a great asset for a defensemen, but agility is even more valuable. Larger players may be intimidating, but this position also requires speed and agility in order to be effective.
SKILLS NEEDED In general, good defensemen need speed, good footwork and excellent checking and decision making skills. More >
Cradling is an important Lacrosse move. However, many players don’t understand the purpose of cradling or why they’re doing it and many simply are not doing it right to begin with. Cradling allows you to control the ball while allowing different stick positions. When properly cradling the ball in the pocket, you can hold the stick vertically to run through your checks. The actual purpose of cradling is to get the ball in the “sweet” spot of the pocket before you throw it.
Proper hand positioning is key to this maneuver. When you have the stick in your hand, you don’t More >
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 More >
Midfield (or Middie) is a very complex position and the best athletes should be used here. We’ve compiled a few concepts to give young midfielder an idea of what they should be doing on the field. Practice these tips and you’ll have a pretty solid foundation on which to build.
SKILLS NEEDED In general, good midfielders need speed, strength and incredible endurance. Middies are required to run up and down the field, so quickness is a very important skill for this position. Middies are also able to grab ground balls, shoot from the outside and play defense. This position is multi-faceted, More >
Attack is a very complex position and takes a great amount of skill. We’ve compiled a few concepts to give young attackman an idea of what they should be doing on the field. Practice these tips and you’ll have a pretty solid foundation on which to build.
SKILLS NEEDED In general, the attackmen are the team’s goal scorers. To play this position, you need to be very agile and have explosive speed when you have the ball. Attackmen should also have great stick skills. Endurance is also key. Attackmen generally work with short bursts of exertion, but they are also typically More >