This post was inspired by a series of Vine videos from Lacrosse Film Room, a great resource for elite lacrosse film study. Follow Lacrosse Film Room on YouTubeTwitter, and Vine for more.

Like a pump fake in basketball, a hitch dodge is a great way to free yourself up for a better-angle shot and increase your chance of scoring.

No matter their age, no defenseman likes getting hit with a shot. The hitch allows you to take advantage of that natural reaction, freezing your defenseman for the split-second you need to get your hands free.

When to Use the Hitch

When a defenseman is running out hard to play you. Often times, you might have just received a one-more pass that has the defense trying to play catch-up. Your goal is to capitalize on his forward momentum.

How to Execute the Hitch

As you catch the ball, drive your front leg with a hard jab step and pump your wrists to make your defenseman think you’re going to shoot. Hitch away from the goal and/or the middle of the field, because that’s where you want to go.

Don’t extend your hands and stick in front of your body. Keep your hands tight to avoid a check. Step around your defenseman, take a couple steps toward the goal and/or the middle of the field to improve your angle, and let it fly.

Here are a series of examples of how college lacrosse players use the hitch from Lacrosse Film Room (click for audio).

 

 

Lastly, here’s an oldie but goodie video with Team USA and Boston Cannons midfielder Max Seibald, who breaks down the basics of the hitch dodge. To practice the hitch in your backyard, all you need is two cones about 12-15 yards away from the goal, a buddy and a pile of balls.

 

 

 

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