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  • Lacrosse Cleat Buying Guide

    It’s crucial to wear the proper lacrosse gear and apparel for safety, comfort, and a skillful edge. Cleats are arguably one of the most important pieces of equipment in lacrosse. In this buying guide for lacrosse shoes, you’ll find important information for buying cleats that combine advanced flexibility, durability, and comfort with lightweight ingenuity. Continue reading

  • How to String a Lacrosse Head

    String a Lacrosse Head

    Lacrosse players in every stage of the game need to properly maintain their lacrosse gear so they can give the greatest performance out on the field. At times, you may need to replace the mesh on your lacrosse head. There are numerous ways to string it, as people develop their unique style and preference on how tight they want the mesh. You can start out following these basic steps, and then hone your stringing skills over time. Continue reading

  • Lacrosse Stick Buying Guide

    Lacrosse is an extremely exciting, strenuous, and fast-paced sport. The lacrosse stick each player carries can also be referred to as a crosse or shaft; it is the primary weapon of all players on the field no matter which position they play. Therefore, it is essential that you carefully select the lacrosse stick that fits you. Continue reading

  • Most Popular Lacrosse Shorts

    Lacrosse continues to see growth in the U.S. A bigger market motivates clothing manufacturers to create better lacrosse-specific gear. Higher quality gear is good for any player, from the beginner to the professional. It lasts longer, helps you play better, and works more efficiently out on the field. Continue reading

  • Hottest Lacrosse Clothing Trends Summer 2013

    summer lacrosse clothing trends

    With lacrosse building up a bigger fan base, lax clothing is becoming a huge draw for everyone in the sport, in the stands, or in front of the television. This summer, you have to know hottest lacrosse clothing trends to stay ahead. Continue reading

  • What I Learned from the NCAA Tournament

    Lacrosse Championship

    The 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Tournament, which ended last Monday afternoon with Duke defeating top-seeded Syracuse 16-10, gave the Blue Devils their second championship title in four years. What's more, the back-and-forth game had more than enough action to keep die-hard lacrosse fans and newbies on the edges of their seats. Like college games in any sport, the tournament offered that measure of youthful exuberance that even the most polished professional games fail to garner. Continue reading

  • Lacrosse Summer Training Schedule

    wall ball

    Training for lacrosse during the summer months is crucial to your success throughout the lacrosse season. It is important to understand the basics of creating a summer training schedule, including knowing when to incorporate rest days. Continue reading

  • Finding Your Perfect Lacrosse Shaft

    lacrosse shaft

    Choosing the right lacrosse shaft to go with the head of the lacrosse stick is largely a matter of personal preference. However, there are certain factors to be considered, including the position you play, your lacrosse association’s regulations, how the lacrosse stick feels in your hands, and your skill level. Continue reading

  • Staying Hydrated During Hot Practices

    lacrosse player drinking

    As the seasons change and summer approaches with full force, practices are getting hotter and dehydration cases are increasing. The body can lose up to 8 cups of water in the first hour of lacrosse practice, especially on a hot field in the middle of the summer. Staying hydrated is important for both performance and safety, and gives your body the ability to recover from dehydration after you stop practice. Continue reading

  • Ground Ball Work: Stick Protection and Drills

    scooping the lacrosse ball

    In many ways, ground ball work is what separates the dedicated lacrosse players from those that merely get by with athleticism. A player with good ground ball skills is a player that many coaches and teammates want on their team. Unfortunately, too many players often focus on passing, catching and scoring, but overlook the skill of scooping ground balls. For those players looking to step their game up to another level by improving their ground ball fundamentals and lacrosse stick protection, here are some quick drills to practice.


    Ground balls that are not moving can be rare in the fast paced play of a lacrosse game, which is why it is even more critical for a player to be skilled at scooping them up. Depending on the play, a ground ball at a dead stop can be one of the hardest to scoop up. Balls that are in motion are generally easier to field; however, all ground balls can be easily scooped if you demonstrate proper technique.

    When practicing your ground ball work, scooping is one of, if not the most, essential fundamental skill a lacrosse player can develop. To help you develop your scooping skills, here is a step-by-step drill for you to try. For this drill you will need at least two sticks and lacrosse balls.

    • Charge the ball from 100 feet away
    • Plant one foot on one side of the ball shielding it from the defender
    • Keep your lower body down and stick tucked close to your body
    • Scoop through the ball, bringing it up toward your face as your momentum explodes forward

    As you can see from the progression of this drill, it aims at accomplishing an effective scoop that also improves your ground ball and stick protection skills. As far as ground ball lacrosse drills are concerned, this is one of the most effective drills you can do to make you a more versatile and crafty player.

    If you want to try a modification of this drill, grab a partner and have them roll the ball to you while you charge at it demonstrating the same foot planting and stick scooping motion. Then, if you want even more of a challenge, have a third person charge at you from the side trying to get the ball as you scoop. This will develop your scooping and stick protection skills and test them under simulated gameplay conditions.

    Scoop And Cradle

    Cradling is a necessary skill for both ball and stick protection when a defender is in your face. To practice cradle drills:

    • Use the skills displayed in the previous drill to scoop a non-moving ball at your feet.
    • Next, with another player attempting to get the ball, scoop it up toward your face, subsequently creating space between you and the defender.
    • Then, with ample space created between you and the defender cradle the ball with your stick, rotating the stick with your top hand and guiding with the bottom.

    As mentioned, the above drills are optimal for improving your ground ball and stick protection skills. They specifically work to better your scooping ability at varying degrees of competition. While performing the scooping drills, you can make them as easy, or as difficult, as you like. What’s more, it is recommended that you start out with the simple scooping motion before adding the variables of moving balls and defenders to increase the drill difficulty, especially if you are a beginner.

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