I don’t watch much lacrosse. Not saying I don’t like it, I just didn’t grow up with it, didn’t watch it, and so in turn don’t watch it. My nephew plays lacrosse and this weekend was playing in a tournament down in Cincinnati. He is on a U15 travel team and so that is where I spent the first half of my Father’s Day.
Watching just two games of high school age lacrosse, I learned these few things about lacrosse.
- It is a physical game, so you have to be tough.
- Conditioning is very similar to the conditioning you would have for soccer or field hockey.
- Strategies are very similar to basketball – set a pick, fast breaks, and cutting to the goal to receive a pass.
But, probably the biggest thing I took away is this – if you are fast, you can be a real weapon in this game.
Another shocker, speed is valuable for another sport. But, I didn’t realize this until watching two games in person.
These guys fly down the field, deflecting sticks and body blows, and someone with some speed can really create a definitive advantage for their team. Beating other opponents down the field and creating 3 on 2’s or 4 on 3’s can help lead to easy goals.
Quickness helps as well. In tight quarters, these guys do spins and cuts like a running back would on the football field. You add someone who has speed and it is all over with.
Consequently, I have a newfound appreciation on how to train the lacrosse athlete. If I can get you faster, you are going to be that much more lethal on the playing field. You combine that with someone who is tough and can deliver a blow. WOW!! Look out.
Lacrosse players!! I know you are in the middle of your summer traveling and tournament play. When you get done, come talk to me. We’ll put together a plan to get you so much faster for next season, it will be scary. I’ve seen what you can do and know how to help.
Let’s get it on!!