Temperatures are rising — it’s time to head outside with your kids and help them warm up their lacrosse skills. Here’s an easy egg hunt drill that requires little effort on your part, but offers lacrosse players big growth potential. From ground balls, to cradling, to shooting, this lacrosse drill has it all — and it can be adapted to every age and level. All you’ll need are several balls (we recommend Swax Lax balls), cones, and a goal.
The Break Down
You have choices on how to play: your child can gather friends to form (socially distanced) teams, you and your child can play against each other, or it can be a drill for a solo player. If playing in teams, throw in a Swax Lax Lacrosse camp tradition and name the teams — how much fun would the Red Hot Jelly Beans or the Dancing Chocolate Bunnies have competing in the egg hunt?
Have your player(s) line up horizontally on a pretend 30-yard line in your backyard or nearby field facing a goal. If you don’t have a goal, a bucket, bounce back, or a designated area to shoot will work. Place an abundant amount of balls 10 to 15 yards behind your player(s), and then two cones (spaced far enough apart for each team to run around) 10 yards past the balls. (See diagram below for setup details).
On your whistle (or your shout), the first player in each line turns around and picks up a ground ball. Make sure players are keeping their top hands at the top of the stick, placing their dominant foot next to the ball, and getting lowwww. So low their knuckles could touch the grass. Then they’ll want to scoop all the way through into a close cradle. They’ll then cradle the ball around the cone, turn, run back and take a nice powerful shot on the goal. Make sure when they’re taking the shot their hand is about half way down the stick and they’re making a nice right angle with the dominant arm, keeping the stick far from their body. They’ll want to take a step with their opposite foot and follow all the way through, pretending to paint the post with the head of their stick.
If you’re playing with teams, the first team to make a goal gets a point. The team with the most points wins when all the balls run out.
If it’s just you and your player, you can play for speed (repeatedly trying to beat previous times), to a number (set a goal for the number of goals), or until all the “eggs” are picked up (the perfect preparation for this year’s Easter egg hunt).
This game will help your players warm up their skills before the start of the season and be a nice change of pace for you. Tag us on Instagram (@swaxlaxlacrosse and/or @swaxlaxball) when you decide to try it out — we want to see you playing the Egg Hunt (we’ll be giving out stickers!).
Need Swax Lax balls to make this game more productive? Get 20% off all Original Swax Lax lacrosse training balls using promo code EGGHUNT at checkout. Offer good through 4/30/2021. (Not valid on bulk or custom orders.)