Mark Millon’s Lacrosse Tips #1
Shooting – It’s no surprise that you’ll be shooting. Actually, this is the most important thing you’ll be doing, so focus about 90% on this during practice.
Face-off – Be original: learn some moves and practice! Don’t rely on others’ actions to determine what to do next.
Defense – A good defense lies on both you and the team’s defense skills. Learn the concepts of good team and individual defense.
Conditioning/Stamina – As a midfielder you need to be in the best condition you can be on the field. How else are you going to play D on one side and then make it all the way to the O side and stick a corner?
Ground Balls – It’s always been true that they win games, so be relentless and learn the proper technique.
Between the Restraining lines – Whenever possible, transfer the ball to a player in front of you. Most importantly don’t sell out! Basically, just don’t go for a check and if you’ll get beat in that part of the field. You’re far better off getting in the hole preventing unsettled play.
Here are a few things to work on while getting ready for the upcoming season.
Stick work – You should plan to use your lacrosse stick at least 3-4 times a week. For example, spend about a half hour playing wall ball or catch with a friend. Try to evenly distribute the workout: at least 15 minutes to each hand! For those with access to a goal, practice shooting as much as possible.
Speed and Endurance training – Ask your coach or whoever is training you to give you both speed and endurance workouts at least 3-4 times a week. Stamina is one of the top attributes you need in lacrosse, so run around 3 miles in different length sprints (100, 60, and 40 yards are good).
*Playing other sports during the offseason will also make you a better lacrosse player.
Watch lacrosse – Remember the saying “watch and learn”? Well put this to use: look up a NCAA game or a World Championship game and watch it. Consider it educational and try to pull some tips from it. While watching it, focus on a certain player. Try your best to imitate some of his moves during your next practice. Using these tips, I can guarantee you will be a better player overall before the start of the season. Not to mention you’re way ahead of most of your teammates!