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by posted 04/10/2018
Increasing Your Lax IQ

 

Many parents and players often ask, "How can I/my son get smarter as a player?"

The answer may seem complicated: extra coaching, reading books, watching videos.

While all of these will help, they are very time consuming, complicated, and expensive. Luckily, we live in a digital age and there are options available. Every high school, college, and club coach I talk to recommends that you watch more lacrosse. Watching lacrosse played at a high level will improve the Lax IQ of everyone.

Where to Watch:

1. Click this Link for the 2018 Lax TV Schedule

2. ESPN3 - if you have ESPN, you can use your cable access information to access espn3 on your computer or Roku. They will carry over 100 games this year. They will also archive 1-2 weeks of games for viewing later.

3. Kudda.com - broadcasts select Baltimore and Philly High School games. Booker Corrigan is the announcer and the kids find him hilarious.

What to Watch For:

1. Accuracy of ball movement - all the passes are accurate, there are few dropped balls. This is why we push wall ball and line drills. This should be possible at 5/6 and older.

2. Off Ball Movement - watch how when a play starts, everyone is moving, not just the player with the ball. Most goals come off of a pass to a moving player near the goal, not a dodge and shoot play.

3. Defensive Positioning - watch how the defenders all approach from the top side to take away the middle of the field.

4. Clears - watch how the defenders and defensive middies spread out and move to open lanes to clear, primarily the way the attack men come up to midfield to provide a release.

5. Communication - listen how the players talk constantly.

 

Even in small doses, you can learn a lot about lacrosse fundamentals from watching it on TV. Most of the announcers are trying to grow the sport and their commentary will be appropriate for our age groups and parent levels.


by posted 02/25/2016
Wall Ball

 

Wall Ball is the quickest way to establish the proper fundamentals of throwing and catching. Many kids practice well but it does not translate to field play. A large part of the reason for this is that they have to concentrate to perform the basics of throwing and catching. Wall Ball takes these fundamentals, and through allowing for a large number of repetitions in a short time, makes these skills automatic. This allows the players to focus on game strategy, lax IQ, and situational awareness.

The use of Wall Ball is a critical component to advancing stick skills in every player, regardless of level of skill or age. It is promoted as the most important practice tool of every professional and college coach/player. To see what it entails, I have included links (such as the one below) to multiple Wall Ball programs touted by many different professional players in the instruction section of the website. You can access these by hovering over the Home tab > Instruction > Wall Ball Programs.

We look forward to improving the stick skills of all of our players through this extremely beneficial program.

https://youtu.be/828UrMqW72k


by posted 01/02/2016
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