US Lacrosse is pleased to partner with Swax Lax on a new video series highlighting some of the fundamentals of the sport. The four-part video series features three-time U.S. team world champion and current Women’s Professional Lacrosse League star Ally Carey.

The Fundamentals of Passing and Catching

Some of the keys to coaching catching include instructing players to watch the ball into the stick and maintain proper stick position during the “give”, when you are receiving the ball into your stick.

The US Lacrosse Mobile Coach app, available free to US Lacrosse coach members, has games included in the drill library to help develop these skills, including “Scarecrow” Throwing,  Pop Toss and 360 Degree Catching.

For passing, it’s important to coach players to follow through and to release the ball when it’s on the shooting strings of your stick.

Some appropriate games from Mobile Coach for this skill are Pass it Down, 2-Ball Passing and Post Drill.

The Fundamentals of Shooting

Do not worry about the specifics of the shot, focus on core elements: Trunk rotation, follow through. A game from Mobile Coach to try is Form Shooting.

The Fundamentals of Ground Balls

For ground balls, emphasize the proper body position with your player's head and shoulders over the ball and then getting low while keeping moving through the scoop. Some Mobile Coach games to try include Messy Backyard and Hungry Hippos.

The Fundamentals of Cradling and Dodging

Cradling should be taught first and use the shoulder to shoulder stick concept. This is a great time to watch for natural offensive- and defensive-minded players. A Mobile Coach activity is Pinnie Tag.

For dodging, focus on change of speed and change of direction. A Mobile Coach game to try is Cross the Pond.