New To Lacrosse? The Vital Information You Need To Know
Want to try a new sport this season?
Depending on where you live and how physical you are willing to go, lacrosse may be the sport for you.
Location, location, location
Unlike most sports, lacrosse isn’t available in every community…which means you may have to travel a little to find a team or club to compete with.
Pace yourself during matches
Switching your pace throughout a match is a huge benefit in lacrosse. Alternating how fast, slow, or even the direction you’re running will throw off your opponent making it harder for them to predict your next move.
The power of the overarm pass and shot
One of the most common maneuvers of the sport, the overarm, will be a key technique to add to your mental lacrosse notes. You’ll master this move by placing one hand near the pocket and the other hand on the bottom of the stick. Once in position, you’ll snap the wrist of your top hand forward while pulling the bottom of the stick with your other hand. The key to this move is to put all of your weight behind the shot and follow through.
Prepare for injuries
This fast-paced sport revolves around running, contact and unpredictable weather, creating a perfect recipe for injuries. There are ways, however, to decrease the likelihood of injuries.
Sprains and strains to the muscles are some of the most common injuries for lacrosse players. The best stretches for players to do before practices and matches include the arm-up rotator stretch and the lying knee roll-over stretch.
Being aware of your surroundings, whether it’s the location of other players during a match or a change in the field’s surface, it’s always a good idea to know the elements that surround you. Due to lacrosse fields being located outside, rain or sometimes snow can alter the field causing players to compete on unpredictable surfaces. Add a quick opponent to that mix and you’ll guarantee yourself an injury.
At the end of the day just have fun! Diving into a new sport will have its challenges, but if you are enjoying your matches, teammates and the experience, everything else will fall into place.