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By Lane Errington | @lane_errington
Successful players cradle, throw and catch consistently and efficiently. This comes with hours of practice and repetition. Whether you’re throwing against a wall or passing with a partner, the key is to get lots of touches on the ball. Remember the 10,000-hour rule.
As a coach, you are instrumental in the development of your player’s stickwork. Encouraging players to work on cradling, throwing and catching outside of practice time will enhance their fundamental stick skills, allowing them to be more successful in practice situations. Solid fundamental stick skills will develop confidence and allow your players to better handle pressure situations in both practice and in games.
So, how do you get there?
Repetition and concentration!
It takes an extra half-second to get a pass off accurately. Instead of rushing themselves when they pass the ball and risking a turnover, encourage your players to take just that little bit of extra time to get their stick in position to make an accurate pass. In order to make your teammate look good, you want to put the ball on her stick where she can catch it.
What follows are some stickwork “gems” or teaching points that will help your players become better stick-handlers. These are the foundations for developing reliable stickwork.
This post was adapted from “Building the Modern Midfielder,” a comprehensive US Lacrosse coaching resource authored by Scott Biron, head coach at Acton-Boxborough (Mass.) High School, and Janine Tucker, head coach at Johns Hopkins University.
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