Author: Enoch C. Williams

Enoch is a veteran lacrosse player. He has played on the same team for 20 years, and his teammates are like family to him. He's worked hard over the last two decades to get where he is today, playing in some of the best tournaments in North America with people that have become lifelong friends. Enoch loves pushing himself physically and mentally every time he steps onto the field, knowing that if he doesn't give 100% then there's always someone else who will take his place.

Quick feet and even quicker thinking is what separates the good lacrosse players from the great ones. That split-second decision making is what wins games. And while some might say that all you need is natural talent and intuition to be a top player, others will tell you that dedication to perfecting your craft is key. These same people will likely also tell you that effective transition drills are pivotal in developing the skills needed for successful game play. If you’re looking to take your lacrosse game up a notch, or two, then check out these tips! Why Transition Drills?…

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Coaches are always looking for drills that encourage conditioning, are fast-paced, and emulate game situations. In addition, this drill is a great alternative when practice is beginning to drag or the kids seem to be going through the motions and a little energy is needed. It is also a drill that can be used to pick up players’ spirits after a tough loss, dragging practice, or difficult stretch of games. Our players love this drill; it is wide open and fast. Many coaches run the drill with cages from sideline to sideline, but I like it as close to full…

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Have you ever found yourself on the sidelines getting frustrated with your players as you watch your team in a riding situation and a player on the clear simply runs past one of your players and then another one or more of your players en route to an 70-yard run and an easy clear? As coaches, we often make assumptions about double teams or traps. It looks good from the sidelines for an instant, then off the opposing player goes with a good set of legs. So from a strategic perspective, how can we turn a weakness into strength? This…

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Probably one of the most important exercises implemented in any strength and conditioning program around the country, the back squat is more than just an ordinary exercise; it is vital for speed development in lacrosse athletes. Many athletes who lift for the first time are usually concerned with the risk of lower back pain (LBP), stunting their growth, or that it’s “bad for my knees.” When done safely and correctly, the back squat is one of the most effective exercises at increasing lower body strength and power as well as potentially decreasing the risk of injury. Before starting any exercise…

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Lacrosse is a great sport for young girls to get into. It’s a bit more challenging than other sports, so it can be really rewarding when they eventually learn how to play well. But before they can get to that point, they need the proper equipment. So if you’re looking for the best beginner lacrosse sticks for your daughter, keep reading. We’ll go over some of the best options on the market today. Factors To Consider When it comes to buying lacrosse sticks for beginners, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Here are the most…

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For the defensive players in lacrosse, it is important to be in good positions. For sure, they have to know the right ways to stop advances made by the rival team players. There is no denying that being in the apt position saves you from unnecessary efforts. The way your stick is used at defensive positions also matters a lot. When you make the wrong moves, using your body becomes necessary to cover up the errors. Establishing your position For defensive players in lacrosse tackling the opponent players in the right way is of utmost importance. Based on the game…

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In lacrosse, mastering the art of stickhandling is something few players can manage. There are different types of shots that make the viewers stunned. These include long bounce shots made over-the-shoulder, pass cutting through a number of players, a backhand shot ending up at the corner of the net etc. You can’t help thinking how some players could visualize such shots and pulled them off too. However, for a player with skill in stick handling, making such shots is not that hard. These players somehow keep the balls glued to their sticks at all times. Since in lacrosse players do…

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The majority of players who start playing lacrosse have difficulty catching the ball than passing it. Amazingly, the ball can fall right into the stick of the inexperienced player, and he can wind up dropping it. The new player tends to tighten his grip as the ball comes to his stick. What he should do instead is relax his grip and his top-hand arm. On pulling the grip, the stick starts behaving like a tennis racquet and the ball bounces off it. Here we will discuss the basics of catching and the move on to passing. Positioning the body for…

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To develop a successful career in playing lacrosse, you will have to master ball passing skills. This is a time-consuming process and you will have to train yourself properly. Positioning your body properly for the pass It is better that you adopt the sideways stance for passing the ball as it helps you safeguard the stick. Before making the pass, ensure you are sideways from the player receiving that pass. It is prudent as the player with the ball is likely to be approached by a defender of the opponent team. By turning the body sideways you can resist advances…

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Selecting your very first lacrosse helmet can be a daunting task. With all of the different brands, models and sizes available, how do you know which one is right for you? This guide will help make the process easier and ensure that you select a helmet that will provide you with the best protection possible. 1. Consider Your Needs The first step in selecting a lacrosse helmet is to consider your needs. What position do you play? What is the level of play? Are you a beginner or an experienced player? Answers to these questions will help you determine the…

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