Lacrosse Cradling

Lacrosse Stations
Dr. Butler
April 2013
Lacrosse Cradling
• Opposing grip (bottom hand
palm down, top hand palm up).
• Head of stick almost upright near
shoulder and ear.
• Rock the Baby – both hands work
together to rotate the stick back
and forth to keep the ball in the
• TASK: Cradle the Ball and:
1. Stand still for 20 seconds.
2. Walk fast for 20 meters.
3. Jog for 20 meters.
4. Run for 20 meters and practice
pivots and evasive moves.
Lacrosse Catching
• “Ask” for the ball (hold stick out).
• Give/soft hands (as if cushioning
a water balloon).
• Triple Threat (finish in athletic
1. From 10 meters away, have
partner toss you the ball.
2. From 10 meters away, have
partner pass you the ball.
3. From 20 meters away, have
partner pass you the ball.
4. Test your accuracy: See if you
can catch a ball while zig
zagging and moving evasively.
Lacrosse Throwing
• Opposing grip.
• Dominant hand on top.
• Gently grip butt end of stick.
• Push/Pull.
• Step and follow through.
1. Throw the ball 10 meters to
your partner.
2. Move back to 15 meters.
3. Move back to 20 meters.
4. Test your accuracy: See if you
can throw to your partner while
they zig zag and move evasively.
Lacrosse Give and Go
1: Pass the ball to a
team mate.
2: Move to
Open Space.
3: Ask for the
ball, catch it.
4. Shoot
and Follow
PURPOSE: The Give and Go is a multi-player
offensive tactic that relies on passing and moving
without the ball to create open scoring
Shoot & Follow
• Work with a partner.
• Partner A passes the ball to Partner B.
• Partner A runs to an open area (go) and asks
for the ball.
• Partner B passes the ball to Partner B.
• Add a third player who will try to steal the
passed ball.
Lacrosse Shooting
Purpose: Shooting is a fundamental part of the
game of lacrosse. It's important to learn the
different styles and tactics of shooting to improve
your game.
• Position your body so shoulders are
perpendicular to the net.
• Position your hands in a way that feels
• Notice the goalie's weak side.
• When aiming to shoot, look at your target.
• Once you step and aim, follow through.
• Captains organize team into two lines.
• Athletes pass the ball back and forth and
when they get close to the goal, they take a
• Bonus: See if your team can score with a
give and go.
Lacrosse Scooping
• “Scrape your knuckles” – push stick
under and through ball by pushing
bottom hand through.
• Run through the scoop, begin
cradling immediately.
• “Kiss your stick” – raise head of stick
to vertical position in front of face.
• Task:
1. Scoop up a stationary ball.
2. Scoop up a moving ball.
3. Have your partner roll a ball on the
ground, scoop it up.
4. Challenge: Run through and scoop
up a moving ball, end with cradle.
Lacrosse Goal Keeping
Purpose: One of the hardest positions on the
field, the lacrosse goalkeeper is pretty much the
quarterback of the game. With a combination of
fast reflexes, footwork, effective communication
and perseverance, you too can become an
amazing goalie. If
• Keep your arms relaxed and away from and
in front of your body, elbows slightly bent.
• Bring your arms out as you step when
catching the ball.
• Don't be afraid to come out of the crease
• Clear the ball.
Captains organize team 15 meters behind
goal area.
Each player takes turns shooting on goal
and playing goalie.
Bonus: practice give-n-go with a shot.
Mark/Zone Defense
Purpose: To defend against scoring
and create turnovers.
• Match up/Know your Zone
• Shadow/Protect your Zone
• Stay between
• Communicate
1. Match up 2 v 2 or 3 v 3.
2. Mini keep away games. 1 point
for each successful catch.
3. Games up to 5 points.
4. Switch up the teams after each

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