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Lacrosse: How to be a Better Player

Aug 25, 2008
Lacrosse is actually an ancient sport, most likely starting with the 15th century North American Indians. They played it with a ball and stick, at first just for fun, but in time they realized it was a terrific way for young warriors to learn good fighting skills.

Nowadays Lacrosse players use a titanium stick and rubber ball. In the early years the sticks were wooden. Back then as many as 1,000 would join in a single game that often lasted for three days. Matches would start as soon as the sun came up and go on until it was dark. Trees and rocks became the goals and they were between 500 yards and a half mile apart.

About 200 years after the sport began, Jesuit French missionaries learned about Lacrosse, and news of it began traveling to more people. This somewhat rough game is still played in the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, and more. Players must be strong and smart. Read on for some tips on how to win.

To become proficient at Lacrosse, you need to become one with your stick. The more comfortable you are with it the more skillful you'll be. Start taking it jogging and walking just to get used to having it in your hands. Switch hands often so you'll be equally adept with both the right and left hands. Also practice changing the direction of the cradle and how fast you can manipulate it.

Many experts will also advise that you do tons of sprints. Remember, with Lacrosse, you need endurance and strong legs for running. Therefore, running and sprints will help condition your body. Expert players will also advise that you go back to a wooden stick over titanium. The reason is that the metal handles become very cold and the plastic heads do not last. Most importantly, with the wood stick, impact is absorbed better.

Lacrosse players are constantly moving during their games. The offensive players move to draw attention away from the defensive players. The defense is there to protect the offense and not help the opposing defensive players. When you are close to the goal, keep your passes short, accurate and to the outside, away from the defense. Regular passes are hit hard. Players never stand still, even if they just run backward and forward until they have the ball.

Also when you're in possession, make a lot of fake passes to keep the defense on their toes. Keep your stick moving so the defense will have to do the same as they keep you in their sights. Be careful to never pass the ball to someone who is well covered. Lacrosse is great fun but it keeps you thinking and moving every minute.

Copyright 2006, Tate Palumb, All Rights Reserved. This article may be published on web sites or in newsletters provided this notice and the resource box is included without ammendment.
About the Author
Tate Palumb provides a range of resources at his web site: Foxs Lacrosse , where you will find information and inside tips to help you play a better game of Lacrosse. Why not take a look for yourself: http://www.foxslacrosse.com
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