The primary goal of the Waukesha Lacrosse Club to develop a positive environment where athletes are able to learn and develop the skills needed to play competitive lacrosse. Emphasis will be placed on showing respect for individuals, teams, coaches, offi

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A good lacrosse player …
  • Is a TEAM PLAYER and a totally unselfish player.
  • Has a great attitude, a strong work ethic, and a burning desire to win.
  • Respects his coaches, teammates, opponents, referees, and himself.
  • Gives 100% all the time … every practice, every game, every minute, every day.
  • Has a strong desire to learn … and loves to practice as much as he loves to play.
  • Knows his strengths & weaknesses … and plays within his capabilities.
  • Knows that he can always improve his skills … and is willing to work hard to master them.
  • Understands that skill mastery is necessary to become a truly exceptional player.
  • Is in great physical condition (strength, speed, stamina, endurance, agility, flexibility, etc).
  • Is mentally stronger than his opponent … and believes in himself and his team.
  • Never stops hustling out on the field … and is “hungrier” than everyone else out there.
  • Plays to win … and exhibits good sportsmanship at all times. 
TEAM OFFENSE
  •  The #1 rule for offensive players (attackmen & midfielders) is … DON’T STAND STILL.
  • Don’t EVER stand still with the ball … move your feet (run with it) or move the ball (pass it).
  • Don’t stand still when you are “off ball” (without the ball) … unless you are setting a pick.
  • Don’t stand still to make or receive a pass … learn to do it on-the-run!!
  • Always keep your head up and your eyes open … you must be able to “see” the field.
  • Keep 2 hands on your stick and keep it up by your ear … always look like a threat.
  • Protect your stick with your body and helmet … work to free your hands!!
  • Always move to meet the ball.
  • Don’t be an “adjacent” pass for more than 5 seconds.
  • If you are two passes “away”, you can cut to the ball if you have room to do it.
  • Look for an open teammate immediately after you scoop up a ground ball (pass the ball).
  • Be a triple threat to pass, shoot or dodge when you receive the ball.
  • Never run on the same plane while trying to get past a defender.  Change your speed and direction to keep the defender off balance.  Get “in and out” of your defender by using the “6 inch or 6 feet” technique when carrying the ball.  Alternate your pace of cradling (slow and fast).  Fake passes occasionally to create space for feeds or dodges.
  • Initiate a dodge if you have space to beat your man, or if they have overcommitted.  Pass the ball to another teammate if you don’t have a good opportunity to do anything.
  • When you make a pass to your teammate, keep it out of the defenders reach … pass it to your teammate but away from his defender.
  • When you are “off ball” you must occupy your defender … keep moving around and force him to constantly look for you … try to stay out of his line of sight (behind his helmet).
  • When you are “off ball” you should be doing one of the following … cutting, setting a pick, clearing through, moving behind the goal, moving up top, or balancing the field.
  • Keep the field balanced … always have a man up top …and always have a man behind the goal (at X) to back up shots and to feed.
  • Remember … Pass, Cut, and Fill to keep the field balanced.
  • When clearing through, move underneath the ball carrier if he’s coming towards you
  • After making a pass, you should Cut to the crease and look for the “give and go”.  If the ball comes to you, take the shot if it’s there.  If you make the Cut and don’t get the ball, you need to Fill in and rebalance the field.
  • After receiving a pass, you should look immediately to where the ball came from for a “give and go” or a “pick away” (2 man or 3 man plays).  Next you should look at the crease for a potential feed to cutters coming from out front or behind the goal.
  • Protect the ball as a team and don’t force passes to the inside unless the cutter or crease attackman is able to get a “quick stick” shot.  Reducing turnovers means more scoring chances.
  • The defensemen will be clogging up the inside making it difficult for you to make and receive passes … so keep your sticks to the outside!
  • Look to set picks opposite the ball.
  • You will sometimes find that you are wide open after you set a pick … therefore, after you execute a pick, always turn to the ball carrier and give him a target to pass it to you.
  • Use the V-Cut to get open and read the defenseman (frontswing, backdoor).
  • Read your defenseman and know his tendencies.
  • Read the team defense and know where the slides will be coming from.
  • Dodge to shoot or pass immediately when a slide comes.
  • If you are “off ball” and your defender slides to double team the ball carrier, call “double” and follow the slide at least 2 steps.
  • Take high percentage shots and always make sure the right people are shooting (should be your best shooters/finishers as often as possible).
  • Most goals are scored during “unsetteled” situations … look for the open man!
  • Concentrate … without this nothing you try to do will work well.
  • Communicate!! Talk to each other, echo plays, and react to what teammates are telling you.
  • Always acknowledge a good pass, pick, shot, or movement which helped the team.
  • Positive feedback produces positive results.
  • Don’t forget … if the other team gets possession of the ball, you must automatically shift to defense and cover your man.  Be aggressive, tenacious, and relentless in trying to get the ball back before they are able to clear it back into your team’s defensive end.  Your defensemen and goalie will love you for making the effort … especially if you succeed!
 TEAM DEFENSE
  • TALK,  LISTEN,  REACT!  Good communication is the key to a good defensive unit.  Don’t just talk … listen, acknowledge, and react … echo all calls.
  • LISTEN to your goalie … goalies communicate ball position and other instructions (check, slide, hold, goal line, and turn him back).
  • Know the calls and terminology of your unit (Got ball, Got your right/left/back, Hot, Help, You can go, Cutter, Slide, Check, Ball Down).
  • Work as a team to force the attackmen to areas of the field that we want them to go.  Force them into areas where they become a lower threat or to an area where you have some help.
  • If attackman is coming from the Top … force them down the side and out to the Wing.
  • If attackman is coming from the Wing … force them back to the outside & behind the Goal.
  • If attackman is coming from X behind the Goal … turn them back to the inside when they get about 1 yard from the GLE … meaning that you turn them back towards the crease behind the goal.
  • If your man has the ball … position yourself so that you stay between the man and the goal (Man, You, Goal).
  • If your man does not have the ball … position yourself so that you stay between the ball and your man (Ball, You, Man).
  • The closer your man is to the ball, the closer you get to your man.
  • Keep your head on a swivel … see the ball, see your man!
  • Protect the hole … do not allow them to do a front sweep!
  • Keep your stick on your man’s stick side.
  • Concentrate on good footwork!
  • Anticipate dodges and cutters.
  • Always set up with a Poke Check … keep hands spread apart and away from your body.
  • Never lunge towards the ball carrier … you’ll over commit yourself and you’ll get burned.
  • Slap checks are quick, short slaps … don’t bring your stick all the way back … 12” will do it.
  • Lift the player’s hands when he goes to shoot or pass … or whenever he has both hands on the stick.  Very effective for disrupting his attempts to shoot or pass.
  • When you are “off ball” (without the ball), keep your stick up and in the passing lanes.  Keep your head is on a swivel … take two looks at your man, one look at the ball, etc.
  • When you are “off ball”, maintain a flat “V” with your man so you can see both.
  • If you man is the furthest one from the ball, you can slough off of him slightly, moving back in towards the crease for help on any slides.
  • The crease area is everyone’s responsibility, move in and out like spokes on a wheel.  Keep your stick to the inside at all times.
  • If there are two attackmen on the crease … play “bookends” and pick sides or high/low.
  • Knock down anyone and everyone if there is a ground ball is in front of the crease.  Clear the crease and get the ground ball … every loose ball in the crease area must belong to us!
  • Clear ball to the outside to a teammate breaking to the outside … not up the middle.
  • Call out all cutters and stay on the ball side of them (Man, You, Ball).
  • Slide with stick first and then your body.  Slide to where the ball carrier is going.
  • Stay on double teams and force man to the double … pressure him!
  • Talk through picks!  Option 1 is to go “top side” with the man.  Option 2 is to give the man getting picked room to go “underneath”.  Option 3 is to “switch”, but this is a last resort.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses … and play within your capabilities.
  • Play as a team and acknowledge good individual play (1v1, picks, checks, groundballs, clears, etc).
  • A good defensive unit communicates loudly, acts as a team, supports each other, never blames each other, takes pride in the little things … and never gives up!