Here’s what your daughter can expect at one of our fall girls lacrosse clinics. (Also take a look at our girls summer camp agenda!)
A TYPICAL DAY: WHAT TO EXPECT AT FALL CLINICS FOR K–5TH GRADERS
Skills to be focused on:
- Players show coaches where their hands should be on the stick, then correct them and walk them through the motion of ear to ear. The goal of this motion is to focus on the arm and wrist working as one, similar to closing a door.
- As they practice, #1 coaches will walk around and place a sticker as to where the players’ top hand should be, and emphasize the triple threat position (shoulder, shoulder, stick).
- Players are instructed by coaches to cradle with someone back to back. If their sticks touch on each side as they bring the ball back without it falling out, they receive a point. Players are encouraged to see how many points they can get before the coach calls time.
- Players are shown the correct way to pick up a ground ball (hand at top of stick, bottom hand as lever, getting low to the ground, foot next to ball, etc.).
- The coaches place balls out in front of the players and have them scoop up the ball correcting them as they practice more and more.
Frozen ground balls
- Players get to pick the tunes for this fun ground ball drill that’s similar to musical chairs. When the music stops players must hurry to find and possess a ground ball.
- No one wants to be the one waking the giant! In this fun lacrosse game, players practice picking up ground balls as they come close to the giant’s sleeping quarters.
Tunnel Ground Balls
- One of the most important factors of ground balls is getting low. By using their sticks, players create tunnels where they must get through without touching in order to gain possession of a ground ball.
Cradling Relay Races
- Coaches form the players into two lines and put them through a cradling relay race that can include, but is not limited to: crab walks, hopping on one foot, cradling right/left etc., shooting through a hula hoop, going through ladders, and switching hands at cones.
Squirrels and Nuts (Swax Lax Lacrosse Classic)
- In this fun drill the players will practice ground balls by pretending they are squirrels and the balls are nuts. Players must get the most nuts back to their tree to win.
Players of the Day: Coaches award the coveted Player of the Day stickers to players who demonstrate special effort or who master a specific skill.