Catching a Lacrosse Ball
In our last article, we talked about the fundamentals of throwing a lacrosse ball and how it is one of the four primary skills that great lacrosse ball handlers have. In this article, we are now discussing how to catch a lacrosse ball, the 2nd fundamental skill that great lacrosse ball handlers have. Catching a lacrosse ball should come as second nature to experienced lacrosse players, but everyone needs to practice this skill to stay competitive.
How to Hold a Lacrosse Shaft
If you remember, when throwing a lacrosse ball, your primary hand is around the midpoint of the lacrosse stick. Your non-dominant hand is near the butt-end of the lacrosse stick when throwing a lacrosse ball, about a foot or less below your dominant hand.
When catching a lacrosse ball, your primary hand should be near the top of the lacrosse stick, and your non-dominant hand should be near the butt-end of the lacrosse shaft. This is a much bigger separation between your two hands on your lacrosse stick when catching a lacrosse ball versus when you are throwing a lacrosse ball.
Body Position when Catching a Lacrosse Ball
The key to making the most out of the time you spend practicing is to practice as you play. When playing lacrosse, you should never be standing still or straight up. It's important to be in an athletic stance and move your feet to the ball.
- Make sure you are facing the direction the pass is coming from
- Stand in an athletic stance with your feet shoulder with apart
- When the ball is in flight, move your feet so that the ball comes to you instead of having to catch in an awkward position
When catching a lacrosse ball, you want to keep your stick "in the box" so your teammates have a good target to hit. The location from the top of your helmet to your shoulder is referred to as the box. Make your stick an easy target to identify by keeping it in the box, and then move your feet so that the ball reaches that area every time.
Keys to Catching a Lacrosse Ball
- Do not snap at the lacrosse ball; this will most likely result in the lacrosse ball bouncing off of your lacrosse head. Snapping is when you fling your stick at the ball or try to cradle the ball out of the air.
- Have soft hands and allow your stick to give a little as you receive the lacrosse ball into your lacrosse stick.
- Keep your eye on the lacrosse ball from the time it leaves your teammates stick until it lands in your lacrosse pocket.
- Practice catching a lacrosse ball always and often.
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