HOW-TO: GOALKEEPER STANCE The lacrosse goalkeeper has a ready position that combines a half squat, the stick positioned out from the torso with a narrow grip, and the stick head just to the right (or left) of the keeper’s head. This is the ideal position for the goalie to begin a reaction for any shot on goal because it’s a neutral

HOW-TO: WALL BALL The benefit of playing a sport with a bouncy rubber ball is that you’ll never find yourself alone when it comes to playing catch. You only need a wall (or a rebounder, bounce-back, etc.) as your partner. The variations in wall ball seem limitless as you can change up both throws and catches. This is the quickest

HOW-TO: STICK TRICKS TO IMPROVE SKILLS Lacrosse tricks are an easy way to encourage a player to pick up their stick. The challenge of mastering the trick keeps them engaged. And of course, there’s the benefit of showing off the newly mastered trick to earn team props. it’s all about ball control Tricks range from simple to nearly impossible, but they

HOW-TO: SHOOT AND THROW Add some punch to your shots! Nearly all lacrosse players learn to shoot overhand first. And most learn to shoot with their sticks close to the body, much like passing. A shot fired close to the body is ideal in the company of defenders, but when there’s more space the shooter should extend their arms and

RULES: GAMEPLAY Our team follows 12U youth girls lacrosse rules set forth by USA Lacrosse. Officials use these rules for officiating local youth lacrosse games. A good video that covers the basic rules for our game, and the official 2017 USLacrosse rules “interpretation” video applicable to our team is below. It’s long but covers some crucial information that helps both

HOW-TO: FAKES, DODGES, AND DIRTY TRICKS You’re the winner! You’ve emerged from a group of mad hacking lacrosse sticks with the ground ball. You’ve blitzed down the field and then in a single moment, your glory is extinguished by the crushing defense of an opponent. There’s good news. You can beat that defensive wall with some fancy footwork and shoulder/arm

HOW-TO: GOALKEEPER POSITIONING The lacrosse goalkeeper strives to stay squared with the shooter. This means that the goalkeeper should attempt to face the shooter head-on so that there is maximum coverage of the net and optimum positioning to react to the shot from the ready stance. The first step to maintaining an ideal position in front of the net is knowing

THE WEAK SIDE: PLAYING LEFT AND RIGHT Nobody likes talking about their weak side. It’s the part of every lacrosse player that’s keeping them from their potential. But there’s hope. A lacrosse player that plays both right and left sides always has the advantage over the player that cannot. On defense the player that is skilled on both sides will