SHOPPING FOR A GOOD LACROSSE STICK Beginner sticks (bottom stick in the photo) make lacrosse more difficult to learn and play. The difference between beginner and advanced sticks is mostly found in the head of the stick. An advanced head design (top stick in photo) has a “deeper” ball position in relation to the shaft centerline. That keeps the ball

GIRLS LACROSSE VIDEO PLAYLIST Here’s a complete girls lacrosse video playlist. You’ll find tips on the basics, videos from the masters, and college games that show it all in action.     Fundamentals Shooting Space: 3 Seconds Rule: Off Ball Defense: ABCDs of Defense: Defense- driving opponent to the goal line: Midfielder fakes a pass

HOW-TO: CRADLING Cradling is the technique used to keep the ball in the head of the crosse (lacrosse stick + head assembly). The stick is moved in an arching motion, creating a force that keeps the ball pressed and suspended against the stringing. Cradling is used while the player is still and in motion. While running, the cradle is in

RULES: BALL COVERING A player may not cover a ground ball with a stick. Alternatives to covering are scooping the ground ball up, kicking the ball out to retrieve or to a teammate. Also shown in this video is an empty stick check which incurs a foul.  

BASIC RULES: STICK CHECK Players are permitted to hit the stick of the player possessing the ball. Stick checking is an excellent strategy for forcing a turnover, but it must be done properly for the best results and within the rules since this is a heavily scrutinized maneuver by officials. There are several circumstances that determine a legal stick check.

HOW-TO: CATCH AND THROW Here’s a couple of good instructional videos on the lacrosse basics. The nice thing about these videos is that you can pause to see exactly what’s happening during the action. These are good skills to work on outside of practice since you only need another person to catch/throw or a wall to bounce the ball off.