Lacrosse – Strength Training – Beginner Lacrosse
Lacrosse Strength Training
Here are a number of lacrosse strength training exercises that will help you to improve your speed, endurance, shooting “power” and defensive checks. However, be aware that many doctors do not recommend weight training for boys until they are in high school (please check with your doctor before starting any strength training program). Therefore, young lacrosse players should only focus on those exercises that do not use weights such as push-ups, pull-ups and crunches. Remember to stretch before conducting any strength training program.
Wrist & Forearm Strength Exercises – To improve the power of your wrist “snap” when shooting in lacrosse (and thus the speed of your shot), you need to work on your hand, wrist and forearm strength. These exercises are also good for helping to maintain a strong grip on the stick when being heavily checked.
- Squeeze a tennis ball
- Squeeze a hand grip
- Resistance band wrist flexion exercise
- Resistance band wrist extensor exercise
- Wrist curls
- Wrist rollers
- Wall Ball – However, only use one hand to catch & throw with your stick!
Upper Body Strength Exercises – For more powerful lacrosse shots and defensive checks, you need to work on strengthening areas such as your triceps, biceps, shoulders and back.
- Push-Ups – Regular push-ups are a great lacrosse exercise because you can do them anywhere. No gym or weight set required! Push-ups work on areas such as your triceps, chest and shoulders. You will also be boosting your core strength (because a push-up is also a quasi-plank exercise as you have to maintain a stiff body).
- Triangle Pushups – Put your hands together so your hands form a triangle (fingers touching). This is a more difficult pushup and will place greater emphasis on your triceps.
- Wide Push-Ups – Place your arms as far a part as possible. This is a more difficult pushup and will place greater emphasis on your chest muscles.
- Clapping Push-Ups – This develops explosive chest power because you have “explode” upwards when you do a push-up in order to lift yourself off the ground and clap your hands.
- Elevated Push-Ups – For another more difficult push-up, put your feet on a chair and do push-ups with your feet elevated.
- Bench Press
- Bicep Curls
- Pull-Ups – Buy a pull-up bar & place it in a door frame and do this exercise at home. This is an excellent lacrosse strength exercise.
- Lat Pulldown – Needs an exercise machine.
- Triceps Extensions
- Triceps Kickbacks
- Bent-Over Row with Dumbbells
- Dumbbell Flys
- Chest Dips
Core Strength Exercises – In order to increase the speed & power of your lacrosse shots, you need to work on your torque or twisting power in order to have more powerful “wind-ups”. You will need to exercise “core” areas such as your stomach, lateral obliques (side muscles) and lower back. Here are a number of useful lacrosse core exercises.
- Sit-Ups – Yes, the standard sit-up that you learned in school is a solid core exercise. However, be careful and do not pull on your neck when doing this exercise. A safer method is to cross your arms on your chest versus holding the back of your head. Also keep your knees bent (versus your legs being flat on the ground).
- Incline Sit-Ups – Incline sit-ups are a more intense form of sit-ups. Buy an incline board and use gravity & your body weight in order to create a more challenging core exercise (versus standard sit-ups).
- Crunches – If sit-ups hurt your back (as they can add more pressure), you should consider doing crunches. Crunches are an excellent core exercise.
- Bicycle Crunches – Bicycle crunches are supposed to be one of the very best core exercises for fast improvement to your core strength. They work on a wide range of core muscles.
- Bicycle Exercise
- Bird Dog
- Captain’s Chair
- Crossover Crunch
- Crunch with Heel Push
- Exercise Ball Crunch
- Long Arm Crunch
- Oblique Crunch
- Plank Exercises – Plank exercises are one of my favorite core exercises! For a more advanced plank exercise, you can try to lift an arm and an opposite leg (i.e. right arm and left leg) when you are in the plank position. The “instability” of this advanced plank makes this core exercise even more effective.
- Side Plank
- Reverse Crunch
- Segmental Rotation
- Seated Russian Twist
- Russian Twist with Weights
- Vertical Leg Crunch
Leg Strength Exercises – For greater leg power, speed and endurance, you need to work on areas such as your quads, hamstrings & calves.
- Barbell Squat
- Barbell Step-Up
- Barbell Lunges
- Calf Exercises
- Calf Press
- Calf Raise with Weight Machine
- Calf Raise without Weight Machine
- Hamstring Exercises
- Lying Leg Curl
- Hamstring Raise – Use a partner or equipment to hold your feet for this hamstring exercise. This is a more advanced exercise (because you are using most of your body’s weight) so be careful if you have weak hamstrings. Better to start with easier exercises that use less weight (i.e. a standing leg curl without weights).
- One-Legged Deadlift – This exercise involves strengthening your hamstring but also requires balance. Start with a very light weight so you do not hurt yourself. Also be careful that you do not hurt your back.
- Pull Through – This hamstring exercise involves rubber resistance bands. Safer than using weights.
- Squats – With your back straight and your legs about a shoulder-width apart, bend your legs and lower your body towards the floor. You should be only bending your knees, not your back or hips. Move slowly and do not bend beyond a 90 degrees angle at the knee.
- Straight Leg Raise – Lie on your stomach and just raise a single leg in the air. Start with 20 reps and then work on your other leg.
- Leg Flutter – Think of swimming on land. You lie on your stomach and raise your legs. Then start to “flutter” your legs in the air like you are swimming (i.e. free style/crawl stroke).
- Leg Extensions
- Leg Lifts – A single leg lift is safer than a double leg left. Double leg lifts can put excessive strain on your back.
- Leg Press
- Lunge – Use your own body weight in this exercise.
- Single Leg Squat
- Squat Thrust – Squat thrusts help to build explosive leg power as well as working on other areas of your body (i.e. chest).
How to Play Lacrosse (with Pictures)
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Lacrosse is a popular sport played between two teams. Each team is composed of 10 players—three attackers, three midfielders, three defensemen, and one goalkeeper. The goal of the game is to score more points than the opposing team by using netted sticks to hurl a lacrosse ball into the opponent’s net. Each player carries a lacrosse stick. The goalies are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands. All other players use the net at the end of the stick to pass, shoot, pick up, and catch the ball. The game is typically divided into 4 quarters, although the length of the game differs depending on the age and gender of the players. Play begins with a “face-off” or “draw” at midfield. In men’s lacrosse, the ball is dropped on the ground and the two players use their sticks to fight over control. In women’s lacrosse, two players stand on opposite sides of the midfield line with the ball pressed in between the backs of their sticks. When the whistle blows, they attempt to fling the ball up into the air and secure possession. Gameplay continues until the ball goes out of bounds, a foul is called by a referee, or a player scores a goal. Once a goal is scored, the scoring team is awarded one point. Once a goal is scored, play resets with another “face-off” or “draw” at midfield. Much like hockey, checking is legal in Lacrosse so long as the player being checked either has the ball, or is within five yards of the ball. Players are also allowed to use their stick to knock away or disrupt the opponent’s stick at any time. As long as there are always at least four players behind the midfield line, the remaining players may move wherever they’d like. Players are not allowed to enter the opposing team’s “crease”, which is a circular area around the goal. Play continues until the clock expires, at which point the team with the most points is declared the winner. In the event of a tie, a sudden death overtime takes place and the first scoring team wins. To learn about the different field positions in lacrosse, scroll down!
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The Ultimate Guide – How to Play Lacrosse for Beginners
Lacrosse is an incredible sport. People call it “the fastest sport on two feet,” because of how quick the game goes. The combination of speed, strength, and skill makes lacrosse one of the best sports to watch and play. Although there are a few tutorials showing beginners how to play lacrosse, there is not one “ultimate” resource that beginners have. Here’s a complete guide showing you how to play lacrosse:
Table of Contents:
Getting a Feel for Your Lacrosse Stick
Passing and Catching
Watching Lacrosse Games
Play Other Sports
Be in Good Shape
Go to a Lacrosse Camp
Join a Lacrosse League
Get a Private Lesson
Practice, Practice, Practice
How to Play Lacrosse – Equipment
The first thing you will need to play lacrosse is a lacrosse stick. The stick consists of a shaft (the long handle that you hold onto) and a head (the “basket” that goes on top of the shaft). On the head, there is mesh that allows you to catch a ball and control it in the head. If that sounds confusing, don’t worry! You will get the hang of everything very quickly.
If you don’t have a lacrosse stick, you can find one easily at your local sporting goods store. Here is a beginner lacrosse stick that I recommend: Beginner Lacrosse Stick
The other piece of equipment you will need is a lacrosse ball. Lacrosse balls are small, solid rubber balls that bounce easily. You just need one ball to start, but you might want to have a few just in case you lose one.
If you don’t have any lacrosse balls, you can also buy them at a sporting goods store. Here’s a link to a pack of 12 lacrosse balls that you can buy on Amazon: Lacrosse Balls
How to Play Lacrosse – Getting a Feel for Your Lacrosse Stick
The first thing you should do when you get your lacrosse stick is to get comfortable holding the stick in your hands. Don’t worry too much about placing your hands properly; the goal of this is to just be more comfortable with your equipment. At first, holding a lacrosse stick can be mildly uncomfortable, but over time, you will find yourself more and more comfortable handling the stick.
Many of the best lacrosse players have said that when they were younger, they used to carry their stick around with them everywhere they went (including to bed!). Although you don’t have to go to this extreme, having your lacrosse stick in your hands as much as possible will greatly benefit your play.
How to Play Lacrosse – Cradling
The first thing to learn is how to cradle the ball. Cradling is a term used to describe the back and forth motion of the lacrosse stick that allows the ball to stay inside the stick. It’s quite difficult to put into words, so here’s a quick video instead:
How to Play Lacrosse – Passing and Catching
One of the most important parts of lacrosse is being able to pass the ball effectively. Even the best lacrosse players in the world continue to practice their passing skills, because passing is essential to becoming a great lacrosse player.
In order to practice passing, you need one of two things: a partner with a lacrosse stick, or a wall that you can throw to. You will often hear one of the ways to get better at lacrosse is with wall ball, which is when one throws a lacrosse ball against a wall repeatedly. Here is a great video showing you the basics of wall ball:
You can do these same drills with a partner. Make sure you stand far enough away from your partner so they can catch the ball easily.
Finding a wall to do wall ball with can be difficult, so several lacrosse companies have made bounce back walls that act almost like a trampoline. This is how I started practicing lacrosse, and many players use these to practice their passing as well. You can find one these walls here. You can sometimes find used ones on sites like Craigslist, or you can find them in large sporting goods stores. Although these walls can be a little bit pricey, they are definitely worth your investment.
Becoming a good passer is the easiest thing you can do to become a good lacrosse player. One of the greatest minds in lacrosse, Dom Starsia, wrote an article describing how much passing means to the game of lacrosse. Starsia: The Art of Passing
How to Play Lacrosse – Shooting
The other fundamental element of lacrosse is shooting. In order to score goals, one must be able to shoot with great power and accuracy. There is no secret to becoming a shooter; usually the best shooters in lacrosse are the ones who spend the most time practicing. Here’s a wonderful video showing you the basics of shooting:
In order to practice shooting, it is preferable that you have a lacrosse goal that you can use. You can usually find lacrosse goals at local fields. If you have a big enough yard, you can purchase a lacrosse goal for yourself . It is helpful if you have several lacrosse balls when you practice, because if you miss the lacrosse goal, you will have to chase down each ball. You might want to invest in a backstop for this very problem. A backstop is a net that goes behind a lacrosse goal that stops lacrosse balls from going everywhere when you miss the goal.
How to Play Lacrosse – Watch Lacrosse Games
One of the best ways you can improve at lacrosse is by watching games. YouTube is a great place to start for lacrosse. There are tons of full-games, highlights, and analysis that can be found for free on YouTube. Here is a list of Youtube Channels that have plenty of lacrosse footage:
You can also follow the college lacrosse season, which usually starts in February and ends in May. There’s also the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) which is the outdoor professional league for lacrosse. In addition, the NLL (National Lacrosse League) is the indoor professional league, usually played in a hockey rink with turf.
Get your hands on any lacrosse film you can. Try to watch an individual player that you like and watch how he/she moves with and without the ball.
How to Play Lacrosse – Play Other Sports
A great way to get good at lacrosse is by playing other sports. Lacrosse is a combination of many sports, and getting experience athletically is key to becoming a great lacrosse player. In my opinion, the sport most similar to lacrosse is basketball. Many of the same basketball concepts can be applied to lacrosse, such as the pick-and-roll or the crossover.
Many top college lacrosse coaches look for players who play multiple sports besides lacrosse, so don’t feel the need to specialize in one sport.
How to Play Lacrosse – Be in Good Shape
Lacrosse is a physically challenging sport, and to perform at a high level, one must be in great physical condition.
Running is great exercise for lacrosse. Although any kind of running is effective, interval running is probably the best way to get in “lacrosse shape.” In lacrosse, players are usually either sprinting or standing, so practicing short sprints is a great way to condition for lacrosse.
The game of lacrosse is physical, and strength is absolutely part of the sport. When you are an appropriate age, incorporating some form of resistance training into your routine will be helpful. You can start with bodyweight exercises: push-ups, pull-ups, crunches, etc. or you can lift weights. There are many lacrosse-specific lifting routines that you can find on the internet or on this website.
How to Play Lacrosse – Go to a Lacrosse Camp
Camps are a great way to get started with lacrosse. There are thousands of different camps spread throughout the US and Canada. As lacrosse is becoming more popular, there are many local camps popping up around every city as well.
Lacrosse camps are valuable for many reasons: you can become better at lacrosse, you can make lifelong friendships, and you can make relationships with coaches that you might cross paths with in the future. Camps are a fun way to learn lacrosse, and I highly recommend attending some kind of camp if that is possible. I learned how to play lacrosse going to a lacrosse camp at Duke University, one of the premier college lacrosse programs. I will never forget the memories I made at those camps. Lacrosse camps are a great way to jumpstart you career.
How to Play Lacrosse – Join a Lacrosse League
You can practice lacrosse forever, but the only true way to showcase your skills is by playing in actual games. Search around and try to find a lacrosse league in your area. Many non-traditional lacrosse states like Texas, Florida, and California have become lacrosse hotbeds.
Joining a recreational league is a perfect way for lacrosse players to practice their skills against real opponents. I recommend trying to join a league as soon as possible. Games are the most fun part about lacrosse, and recreational leagues can help beginner lacrosse players improve immensely.
During the summer, there are thousands of lacrosse tournaments in nearly every part of the United States. Players from all over the nation play on club teams that travel from state to state, playing against the best competition that lacrosse has to offer. These teams and tournaments are similar to AAU teams in basketball.
Sometimes club teams can be pricey, but if you can find the right coach, playing for a club team in the summer can be one of the most enjoyable experiences for a lacrosse player.
How to Play Lacrosse – Get a Private Lesson
When you are beginning to play more lacrosse, an effective way to jumpstart your growth is with private lessons. These are usually lessons that involve a 1:1 coach to player ratio. A good coach can provide huge value to a lacrosse player just starting out. Investing in a few private lessons can go a long way for a lacrosse player’s career.
How to Play Lacrosse – Practice, Practice, Practice
One of the beautiful parts about lacrosse is how much skill it involves. This allows almost anyone to excel on the lacrosse field if they practice enough. The best lacrosse players on earth aren’t always the biggest, fastest or the strongest. Many times, the best lacrosse players are those who have practiced the most. In order to improve at lacrosse, you must be willing to put in the time and effort that goes into getting better.
Learn to enjoy practicing lacrosse. Some of my favorite memories have been by myself, just throwing the ball against a wall or shooting on an empty lacrosse goal. Practice allows anyone, no matter the athletic ability, to be able to play lacrosse at the highest level.
Lacrosse is the greatest sport on earth (ok, I might be a bit biased here). Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in how well you perform, if you get recruited to play in college, or many goals you scored in a game. The most important part of lacrosse is to have fun.
The sport of lacrosse was once used as a “medicine game” to help Native Americans have fun. Lacrosse has a rich history, and being a part of that history is such a privilege.
If you follow the directions in this article, you will certainly improve at lacrosse and become a better player. As you progress in your lacrosse career, you will learn more nuances about the game. For now, these basic lessons will give you the tools you need to succeed as a player.
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For over thirteen years, Penguins Lacrosse has focused on growing participation in the game of lacrosse with programs that build confidence, instill a passion for the game, and help kids develop team and individual skills.
The Jr. Penguins are our development program for Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade players. Most of our current Penguins come through the Jr. Penguins program.
The program is focused on skill and fundamental development in a fun, up tempo environment. Primarily comprised of innovative practice sessions designed to keep young players engaged while learning individual and team concepts, the Jr. Penguins will also compete in scrimmages and play days as opportunities arise.
The Jr. Penguins are divided by grade and experience level to ensure that your son is having fun with players of the same skill level as he is!
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This program is welcome to all who have a great attitude are are willing to learn, we do not have tryouts for this program. Those who show progress in their lacrosse development may have an opportunity to move up and compete in our Penguins program prior to 3rd or 4th grade.
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Information submitted by CPN resident/ former City Council mayor pro-tem and Valor High School lacrosse coach, David Neely
The Valor Youth Lacrosse program grew out of the huge success that Valor Christian High School lacrosse experienced last year. It was the first varsity season and the team ended up 11- 4, in just the second year of the school.
Parents from the high school program began asking if there would be a youth program anytime soon. So here we are, and the response to the Valor Youth Lacrosse program has been awesome. Parents are thrilled to know that this unique program will have the Bible as a foundation for all coaching.
Under the direction of David Neely, the Valor Youth League will host second through eighth grade boys teams this coming spring, 2010, and will offer girls lacrosse in 2011.
Neely has coached at all youth grade levels, and for years assisted the Cougars Youth program, coached at Rock Canyon, Heritage, and at Valor high schools. He played in college, and has coached many all-star teams.
Website registration is available at http://valoryouthlax.uslaxteams.com. Contact David Neely at contact by e-mail or text/call 720-233-2374 with questions.
“Our goal in forming teams is to properly match skill levels and provide the best possible experience for players,” said Neely. “Every effort will be made to do what is best for each player, coach, and team.”
Practice and Games
Practices and games will be at Valor High School. Each team will get 8 to 9 games + Jamboree. Practices begin in March, and games begin in April and continue through May.
All coaches will be trained by the Valor Christian High School coaching staff in a pre-season workshop. In addition, each volunteer coach will be provided a playbook with practice drills, offense and defensive plays, and overall game preparation.
The club’s goal is to honor God, have fun, excel, develop leaders, and learn the game so the players are prepared for high school lacrosse.
Why Signature Lacrosse Wants You to Play Lacrosse This Spring
At Signature Lacrosse, we believe that lacrosse is the best sport on the planet and we’re always working to make the sport of lacrosse more accessible for more athletes. Sadly, not everyone shares this view about lacrosse; and, believe it or not, most people actually prefer to play a sport that’s not lacrosse for their main sport. And we accept that not everyone is going to consider lacrosse their favorite sport, but we won’t accept athletes missing out on the chance to play lacrosse. So we’ve focused on making lacrosse more accessible for athletes of all ages, and we want you (yes, you reading this right now) to play lacrosse this Spring.
If you currently play a different sport in another season, lacrosse is the perfect offseason sport for staying in shape and becoming a better overall athlete. And, if you currently don’t play a sport, lacrosse is the perfect chance for you to get involved in a sport and become part of a team. There are simply so many reasons why lacrosse is an excellent sport for any athlete to try out this Spring, and Signature Lacrosse is doing everything it can so that the accessibility of lacrosse is never a reason why an athlete can’t play.
Start Playing Lacrosse This Spring With Signature Lacrosse
It’s never too late to try something new or get better at what you’re already doing, and playing lacrosse this Spring can accomplish both of those things at once. Any athlete looking to improve at their favorite sport needs to consider lacrosse as an off-season sport because there are aspects of lacrosse that transfer to so many sports. Learning how to play lacrosse will give athletes a new experience, a new challenge, and a chance to improve their skills for their main sport without even thinking about it. There are motions within lacrosse and aspects of the game that translate to other sports extremely well and give athletes a chance to develop these skills in a new environment. The challenge is getting athletes to take a chance on lacrosse, but Signature Lacrosse is making lacrosse more accessible with our full line of complete lacrosse sticks for all ages and all positions of men’s, women’s, boy’s, and girl’s lacrosse.
Playing multiple sports is beneficial for athletic, social, and life skills of young athletes, and Signature Lacrosse wants athletes having the best experiences that they possibly can have. The idea of cross-training in sports and not specializing is something we always try to encourage at Signature Lacrosse as ambassadors and coaches of lacrosse.
Playing several sports to improve athleticism is something our Founder and CEO, Dan Soviero, has a lot of first-hand experience with and he remembers how, “Growing up in South Florida, I always played 3 sports year-round (football, soccer/wrestling/basketball, and obviously lacrosse), and specializing in one sport for the whole year never resonated with me. Now, as a coach, I encourage all players to try different sports in the off-season; not only to develop athleticism, but you constantly expose yourself to people from different walks of life. Playing multiple sports does wonders in terms of making you a better teammate and human being through teamwork and competition.”
His experience is one Dan hopes more athletes get a chance to have because he’s able to recognize the benefit that playing several sports had on his life. The development of Dan as an athlete in multiple sports and his love for lacrosse drove him to create Signature Lacrosse so more athletes would be able to play lacrosse, and the Signature Complete lacrosse sticks are helping make that a reality.
Signature Lacrosse was created to help make lacrosse more accessible through better lacrosse equipment at a better price, and more athletes are going to get involved with a sport that’s affordable and easy to pick up. The complete lacrosse sticks The Player & The Origin from Signature all come with Pro Strung Pockets that make them ready for a game straight out of the box, and Signature has the best-priced youth lacrosse sticks made with professional-level quality. The junior versions of The Player & The Origin are only $49.99, and the universal adult versions come with lifetime warranties. No matter who you are, Signature Lacrosse has the perfect complete lacrosse stick for you that you’re going to love once you start playing lacrosse.
Playing Multiple Sports Is Better for Athletes Than Specializing
Exclusively playing one sport during high school, middle school, and elementary school can actually hurt an athlete’s chances of succeeding in the long run. The NFHS, ESPN, and professional athletes encourage playing multiple sports for multiple reasons, including preventing injuries, and lacrosse is the perfect sport for athletes who are free during the Spring.
No matter your Fall or Winter sport, lacrosse can help with speed, endurance, and coordination that can improve overall athleticism. So we’re going to look at a few sports and make the case for why lacrosse can help any athlete improve their performance during their main sport. After all, sports are supposed to be fun, improve health, and teach life lessons to athletes, so why not try a new perspective on sports called lacrosse. It’s the oldest North American sport that’s played in an organized and professional form today, and we’re pretty big fans of it.
Why Football Players Should Try Lacrosse
Every football player wants to get faster, and lacrosse improves speed in the Spring while enhancing other valuable attributes like toughness, defensive scheming, communication, and agility. Did we forget to mention hand-eye coordination and footwork? Yes, your hands and feet will get extensive training from learning how to pass and catch, along with playing proper defense and dodging. These are just a few of the things football players can improve upon by playing lacrosse this Spring, and Signature Lacrosse is ready to get them on the field with the best complete lacrosse stick available.
Why Soccer Players Should Try Lacrosse
Soccer and lacrosse share a lot of similar aspects when it comes to creating offense and spacing for passing. You can learn a lot about scoring for one sport by watching, or playing, the other. And both sports share quite the fondness of running, so if you try out lacrosse this Spring you definitely will get your miles in. Soccer may be the beautiful game, but lacrosse is the creator’s game; and soccer players will love being able to use their hands for something besides throw-ins and picking up water bottles. If you’re going to try lacrosse this Spring and you’re a soccer player, the Signature Player & Origin complete lacrosse sticks are perfect for learning how to play lacrosse and get right into the action without hesitation.
Why Volleyball Players Should Try Lacrosse
Communication is key in volleyball, and defense in lacrosse is built on being able to communicate with teammates. Volleyball players will get a whole new sense of how communicating with teammates can work during a game. The length and speed of the games are also going to be a new challenge for volleyball players that can increase their stamina and endurance. The non-stop action in lacrosse puts a huge emphasis on being able to run like a stallion, or even a flamingo! Join the Flock by checking out the Signature Origin and Player complete lacrosse sticks and deciding to try lacrosse this Spring for a new change of pace.
Why Golfers Should Try Lacrosse
How do you hit a long drive in golf? Back strength, abdominal strength, body control, and hand-eye coordination all coming together in one motion. Sounds a bit like shooting in lacrosse doesn’t it? Golfers will have a natural knack for shooting, and their strength and endurance will only improve by playing lacrosse in the Spring. And while the Spring is a great time to hit the course and play a lot of rounds, you’ll still have the whole Summer and weekends. Instead of spending the whole year golfing and getting burnt out, try playing lacrosse this Spring and use a Signature Player or Origin complete lacrosse stick to get the most out of next season.
Why Basketball Players Should Try Lacrosse
Defense in lacrosse is the same X’s and O’s as defense in Basketball but with more physicality. And few other sports give you the opportunity to iso a defender and then take them to the rack like basketball and lacrosse. There are so many similarities between the gameplay of lacrosse and basketball, and the pure running stamina needed for both sports can improve the off-season training for an athlete who plays both sports. All you need to get started playing lacrosse this Spring and improve your basketball game is a Signature complete lacrosse stick, the first lacrosse stick to come with a lifetime warranty.
Why Hockey Players Should Try Lacrosse
Hockey and lacrosse go together like peanut butter and chocolate, like lemonade and sunshine, like long hair curly hair and plastic helmets used in a stick-based sport. The resemblance is simply uncanny. Besides the striking similarities, The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, played lacrosse and has noted how playing lacrosse helped his hockey skills. That seems like the best reason you could ever ask for if you’re looking for an excuse to pick up lacrosse, but Signature Lacrosse offering a lifetime warranty on their universal complete lacrosse sticks might even be better. Who knows? It’s a close call if you ask us.
Why Every Athlete Should Try Lacrosse
Lacrosse is a historically significant and incredibly unique sport that combines athletic movements and strategies used in so many popular sports. Any athlete looking for a new sport to try should choose lacrosse if they’re looking to improve their overall athleticism and have a great time doing it. No matter the position you decide to play in lacrosse, you’ll get a chance to play both sides of the ball and work on becoming a better overall athlete through agility, footwork, and hand-eye coordination. The only difference between you and a great lacrosse player is that you don’t have a Signature Complete lacrosse stick, yet.
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Learn how to play lacrosse as a beginner ⋆ This Girl Can – Victoria
It’s a sport where you can throw, catch, carry, and shoot goals with a lacrosse stick and ball.
You can try lacrosse at a club, with friends, or borrow some equipment and have a go at some of the moves by yourself. There are lots of women’s clubs in Victoria, getting started is easy.
On this page we look at:
- This Girl Can – Victoria Ambassador Jade found community and family fun playing women’s lacrosse
- The rules of lacrosse
- Joining a club and learning how to play women’s lacrosse
- Finding a women’s lacrosse club near you
- Can’t get out right now? At-home tips
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How Jade connected with a close community of women through lacrosse
Lacrosse is the “one thing” in Jade’s family that they all love. “Lacrosse to me is family – my daughters both play, my mum still was playing a game when she was 64-years-old,” she said. Jade loves the social aspect of girls lacrosse. “It’s really special when you’re actually out there side by side because you’ve got a bond. You’re part of a team together.” … “Mum’s a defender and I chose to become a defender too. I can follow in her footsteps and give my kids a life of connection with other girls and women. I see them making friends through sport and realise it’s such an important part of life.”
The rules of lacrosse
Lacrosse is a non-contact sport which is usually played on a large, outdoor field. There are 12 players in a women’s lacrosse team. This includes:
- 1 goalie
- 5 attacking players
- 6 defenders.
You use a stick to play, called a ‘crosse’. Instead of hitting a ball with the stick, like in hockey, players catch it in a ‘pocket’, which is netting attached to the end of their lacrosse stick. Once you’ve got the ball, you can run and carry it before passing or shooting.
There are several rules of lacrosse to learn, but the main idea of the game is to pass to other players on your team to move the ball up the field and shoot it into the opposing team’s goal. It’s fast-paced, and lots of fun to play!
Joining a club and learning how to play women’s lacrosse
You don’t have to know the rules already to start playing lacrosse. Whether you’re new to the sport, just getting back to exercise again or learning how to get your body more active than before, lacrosse is a welcoming sport for women.
There are a range of women’s lacrosse programs and competitions for all ages and skill levels. You can play outdoor or indoor lacrosse. Women’s Lacrosse Victoria is a great place to get started and find a women’s lacrosse team or lacrosse competition near you.
There are many lacrosse clubs all around Victoria, and they have a reputation for being close-knit communities. Why not give it a go and become part of one yourself?
You don’t have to aim for the premiere lacrosse league – lacrosse is a sport you can enjoy at your own pace. Unless of course, you’re chasing someone on the field!
Find a women’s lacrosse team near you
- Visit the website mentioned on this page: Women’s Lacrosse Victoria.
- Google it! Search to see what lacrosse options there are near you.
- Find a Supporter in your neighbourhood: see if there’s a lacrosse club near you that has registered online to support This Girl Can – Victoria.
- Ask other women – chat to your friends, family or colleagues about doing an activity together, or post a question to our Facebook page where there’s a super supportive community of women who can help you out.
Can’t get out right now?
If you’re not able to join a local lacrosse community and take to the lacrosse field just yet, there are many other ways you can get active right now.
Why not grab a lacrosse stick and start practicing with a ball at home? You can use the tips above to find a local women’s lacrosse club near you and get the ball rolling for when you can get out there. Brush up on the lacrosse positions you can play, how the scoring for lacrosse works and some lacrosse rules, so when the time comes to get out there you can feel more comfortable getting involved.
Learn more about This Girl Can – Victoria and how it’s helping women feel good by getting activity in a way that suits them.
Why try one sport when you can try a few? Here are some other suggestions to get out there and have a go at a game that’s similar to Lacrosse.
90,000 ? Shumakov scored a lacrosse goal again – now this is his feature. He did this even before Svechnikov – About the KHL – Blogs
On the second try of the season.
Avangard Omsk on Monday celebrated Bob Hartley’s birthday with a confident home victory over Amur – 8: 2. The Far East fell apart in the second period – and so they could not get together anymore.
In 5 minutes in the middle of the match, Omsk scored 4 goals and increased the score difference to +5. Striker Sergei Shumakov was the most active in this segment.
At the 33rd minute, he was the fastest to orientate himself on finishing. And on the 36th he already performed his favorite feint – the lacrosse goal.
Not that the Amur hockey players are obliged to know all of Shumakov’s favorite feints, but when preparing for the game with Avangard, the coaches had to point out the possibility of such a technique. Even in the last match – against Dynamo Moscow – Sergey tried to score with lacrosse.
Goalkeeper Ivan Bocharov and defender Mikhail Grigoriev played competently there – the forward of Avangard failed to shoot.
After that match, he told R-Sport: “I have already scored lacrosse goals, and I am confident that I will score some more. I try, it doesn’t always work like today, but we will do it ”. But in “Amur” none of the field ones read the fresh press – and in fact the goalkeeper Evgeny Alikin as a whole correctly blocked the upper corner.
It seems that it’s time to call this trick on the territory of the KHL Shumakov’s throw – Andrei Svechnikov began to indulge in this trick much later than Sergei.The first attempts at the current leader of the Hawks began in the 2015/16 season – then the 15-year-old future leader of Karolina played in the Ak Bars system.
Formally, this goal in the KHL should be called Luchinkin’s goal (he was the first in the league to score that way, only there is no video) or Indrashis (the first who scored that way after Granlund’s goal at the 2011 World Cup), but Shumakov simply uses this technique much more often – more often he scores …
What’s in the regular season for outsiders:
What’s in the playoffs reigning champion:
“When there is confidence, such thoughts creep into my head: maybe I should try [feint].[If it works], it nails the opposing team: they immediately start to get nervous, beat on the hands.
Actually, I think everyone can repeat this trick. You just have to make up your mind and choose a moment so that you don’t have time to knock it out. And it also depends on the time – the beginning of the period or the end. In the beginning, the stick is dry, it’s easier for you to lift it, and when the end it’s all wet, in the snow, it’s already heavier, ”Shumakov said in an interview with the Melnitsa show this summer.
So far, Sergei has a 50% realization of this trick this season.Although he is probably worried about other numbers: 3 + 1 in three games – he shares the lead in goals and points in Avangard with Reed Bush, the American also has 3 + 1.
Shumakov: I am sure that I will also score a goal in lacrosse style
Shumakov: I am sure that I will also score a goal in style lacrosse
Shumakov: I am sure that I will also score a goal in the lacrosse style – RIA Novosti Sport, 05.09.2020
Shumakov: I am confident that I will still score a lacrosse goal
Forward of the Avangard Omsk hockey club Sergey Shumakov announced that he will continue his attempts to score a lacrosse goal. RIA Novosti Sport, 09/05/2020
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90,000 Matvey Michkov scored two lacrosse goals during the period, who is Matvey Michkov, Matvey Michkov’s story, Matvey Michkov’s statistics – January 31, 2020
Alexander Ovechkin, aged 15, scored 41 goals in 32 matches of the Moscow Open with Dynamo Moscow …Matvey Michkov, aged 16, scored 37 goals in 16 matches of the Moscow Open. This fact alone is enough to understand what level of talent is growing in Yaroslavl.
Well, in pursuit it is worth watching a couple of videos with the next exploits of forward Michkov. On Thursday, his team Lokomotiv-2004 played the Yaroslavl derby against Lokomotiv, and the new prodigy of Russian hockey in the 5th minute of the third period scored the most trendy goal of the season – lacrosse. Matvey rolled behind the goal, without stopping, lifted the puck on the hook and put it in the near nine.
The young genius liked the trick so much that towards the end of the match he decided to repeat it. Loko-2004 played in the majority, and Michkov again perfectly performed the most difficult trick, this time sending a hockey shell to the far upper corner. Andrei Svechnikov has a worthy successor.
If in hockey circles Michkov has been talked about as a great talent for a long time, a large audience learned about him after the recently concluded Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland. There he scored a double in his first game with the Canadians.
Helped the Russian national team to make fun of the Finnish team in the semifinals – 10: 1.
And laid a couple of goals in the first period of the main match of the tournament – against the Americans. As a result – 14 points in 4 matches and unconditional status of the best player in the Olympic Games for players under 16 years old.
At the age of 16, it is impossible to say that Michkov will ever grow to the level of Andrei Svechnikov, or even more so Alexander Ovechkin, but the guy undoubtedly has the potential for a great career. It remains to understand where he will build it (it is obvious that scouts from North America are looking at Matvey), and to see what he will succeed in youth, and then in adult hockey.For now, just enjoy his endless goals and assists. And once again to admire the school “Lokomotiv-2004”, which before Michkov raised many notable hockey players – Ilya Konovalov, Georgy Ivanov, Ivan Kovalev, Nikolai Kovalenko, Kirill Slepts, Maxim Denezhkin. The new Yaroslavl star can become the brightest even in such a respectable company.
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How to learn to play football? | Answers to your questions
Football is considered to be one of the most popular sports games.She is watched by fans of different ages, different views on life.
Occupation and social status ceases to matter when the question concerns your favorite game, so it is no coincidence that many people want to learn how to play football.
Football is an exciting game
Requirements for the football field
1. Football in the yard. An unsettled playground can interfere with play and, in the worst case, lead to injury. If you decide to play on a makeshift field, check how level the surface is.
2. Football on the field. In big football, the surface can be both natural and artificial; today this moment is not considered fundamental. Professional fields have strict playing area standards. The field should be from 90 to 120 meters long, and from 45 to 90 meters wide, markings should be applied to the field.
It’s better to play football on a prepared field
Requirements for football equipment
To play football, you will need the following equipment:
– Gaiters and shin guards
– Gloves (for the goalkeeper)
– Boots for playing on grass (otherwise sneakers will do).
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Clothing should be loose, wick moisture well and protect from overheating. Traditionally, players of the same team wear uniforms of the same color. Cleats should not have sharp fittings to reduce the risk of injury to players.
Soccer Ball Requirements
The ball is selected depending on the age of the players and the goals of the game. Balls of different categories are required for practice and cup match. For an adult player, ball no. 5 (weight from 400 to 450 grams) is suitable.
If you are not a professional footballer and you need the ball to play with friends from time to time, a hand-sewn ball with a polyurethane tire may be a good option. For more information on how to choose a ball, read our article.
A good ball will help on the field
How to become a famous footballer?
Many start with children’s football schools, where they can get their first playing skills, get acquainted with the rules of football, the intricacies of refereeing, learn what team spirit is and how the support of fans affects the players.
To achieve real success, you have to really work hard, train, monitor your health and nutrition, but most importantly, really want to become a good football player. When prioritizing, you will always have to choose football.
How to choose a football uniform?
How to become a goalkeeper?
To act as a goalkeeper, to allow the team to rely on their skill, you need to have a lot of certain qualities. First of all, it is fearlessness, because in any situation you need to be ready to rush for the ball.But at the same time, there must be a great reaction, which should never change the goalkeeper. You must always keep yourself in control, do not despair over mistakes. Do not be afraid to try, become more often at the gate. Gradually, you will acquire the necessary skills. For those who dream of big football, we recommend starting with classes at a sports school.
Igor Akinfeev Goalkeeper School.
How to learn football freestyle?
To learn football freestyle, you have to develop and hone your technique.It is not necessary to make complex movements, because they can be simple, but maneuverable, since entertainment is more important. A lot of practice – this is the only way to learn how to play freestyle, the only way to achieve perfection.
Freestyle with a soccer ball performed by girls
Exercises for football players
Today, there are many exercises known that are suitable specifically for football players:
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– To strengthen the general physical condition.Traditional morning exercises, jumping, running long and short distances – all these exercises are included in the mandatory training program for football players. Dumbbell push-ups develop endurance, it helps to improve the condition of the ankle, raising the leg with an emphasis on the rack, swinging the press helps to train the abdominal muscles, which is also important for a football player.
– For the development of dexterity. Juggling the ball with your feet on your own and with a partner, somersaults with the ball, dribbling the ball between the flags.
– For goalkeepers.Catch balls while jumping, falling and without falling. Alternate players at the goal, arranging a series of penalties, teach the goalkeepers to throw the balls out of the goal so that they do not accidentally roll back.
Funny moments in football
The editors of uznayvse.ru also recommend that you read the article on how to learn to play hockey. You might be interested.
How to learn to play football from scratch – instruction
A negative experience of the transition from “kicking the ball in the stadium” to civilized activities can completely discourage a child from going to training.
What did the parents do wrong? Why, instead of joy, does the child receive constant comments from the coach? The child begins to think that the coach is picking on him.
Why is this happening and how can you protect your child from the unnecessary problems associated with the transition from improper home soccer training to coaching? Effective techniques on how to learn how to play football from scratch – in simple words from a children’s football coach.
- Why are “zero” children better for a coach than those who can play football?
- Buying a soccer ball – instruction
- The main myth about the uniform for playing football
- Where to start learning – 2 basic skills
- Top mistakes when teaching football from scratch
Why are “zero” children better for a coach than those who can play football?
Many parents play football with their children on their own.They prefer not to send the child to the section, especially in the summer, when only the laziest people do not play football. You can always find a suitable clearing for classes, both in the city and outside the city, in the country.
No inventory is required either: a simple ball and any sports shoes. And daddy and kids play the ball every day, or on weekends. And they seem to be doing everything right: they teach how to shoot on goal, make a pass, dribble the ball. And the benefits of these activities are great: there is a steady interest in sports, a love for football is instilled.
But when the parents finally decide that the time has come to send the child to the sports section of football, they are unexpectedly disappointed: it turns out that they do not know how to do everything, and even what they did well at home, they do as- that’s not the case. And the coach constantly scolds them and demands to do everything differently, not as taught by the father.
The coach of the children’s football team Vitaly Zaitsev, formerly a graduate of the Olympic Reserve School “Master-Saturn”, player of the “Blazma Rezekne” team, Latvia, will help us understand the intricacies of learning to play football from scratch.Currently, he teaches children 4 and older to play football in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Region. Vitaly promised to share his secrets on how to learn to play football from scratch.
Why are “zero” children better for a coach than those who can play football?
“Of course, the most ideal option for me as a coach is to get a child without defects in technique. “Zero” children – easily fulfill the requirements, and I do not need to spend months fixing mistakes. I will not hide the fact that some children are still unable to be completely retrained.Especially during a tense game, past shortcomings, like weeds, begin to creep out, which leads to annoying mistakes and unsuccessful performances in competitions.
At what age should you go with your child to the stadium?
So, your child is already 2-3 years old, and you watch with bated breath how he happily hits the rubber ball. Or another option: a five-year-old, six-year-old son comes up to you and says that he wants to learn how to play, because his friends are already driving the ball around the yard with might and main.Or suddenly a child at a later age had a desire to learn how to play football. You can start learning to play football at any age. Therefore, do not delay, read the article, and go to the football field (or any suitable playground near the house).
BUYING A FOOTBALL – INSTRUCTIONS
Present your child some unforgettable joyful minutes. Take it with you to the store and together choose the right ball. For the smallest (up to 4 years old) you can buy a ball of the 2nd size, for children a little older (up to 8 years old) a ball of the 3rd size is suitable, from the age of 8 you can play with a “four”, and from the age of 12 – “Five”.
Can the ball hurt a child?
The need to select balls depending on the age of the child is due to safety requirements. For example, a 5-year-old child will find it difficult to work with a large and heavy ball. Small footballers can damage ligaments and tendons if they hit a ball larger than their age.
5 sizes of soccer balls for your child
Balls of various sizes have been invented in order to protect the younger generation of players from injury and to facilitate their normal development and progress.To date, 5 sizes of soccer balls are officially known, the characteristics of which can be found in the table.
Souvenir / advertising
Up to 4 years old / souvenir / advertising
Up to 8 years old and under
Under 8-12 years old / futsal / mini-football
12+ / Senior / All FIFA
The smallest ball of all five with a circumference of 43 cm and a weight of 200-220 g.Such a ball is often used for souvenirs. It contains logos and emblems of teams, leagues, as well as portraits of players and coaches. Such a ball is lightweight and practical, moreover, it can be used even by professional players to improve their skills.
Just like its predecessor, it is used for advertising purposes, but it is also taught to children under the age of 4 years. The weight of the ball is small, only 283.5 grams, and its circumference is 56 centimeters.Such a ball can be used in training for senior and senior players to improve their technical skills.
This “ball” is used in training sessions with children under 8 years old. It is not heavy at only 340 grams, and has a circumference of 61 cm. This ball is ideal for children of this age group. Players will feel comfortable with it.
The size 4 soccer ball is used for young players between the ages of 8 and 12 and is also the standard soccer ball for futsal.The circumference of the ball is 62-64 cm, and the weight is 400-440 g. Such a ball does not have great jumping ability, and in order to be suitable for playing mini-football, it must have a first rebound of at least 50 and no more than 65 cm when falling from a height of 2 m. For footballers between the ages of 8 and 12, the size of such a ball may seem very heavy, especially with long-distance passes.
The soccer ball used in professional leagues and in the FIFA World Cup itself has a size 5.Below are the official standard sizes and specifications of the 5 ball:
- Circumference: minimum 68 cm, maximum 70 cm
- Weight: minimum 410 g, maximum 450 g
- Pressure: minimum 0.6 atmospheres, maximum 1.1 atmospheres
Size 5 soccer balls are best for players aged 12 and up, including adults and professionals. Some balls are labeled “FIFA Inspected” or “FIFA Approved”, which means that the balls have passed the mandatory tests for circumference, roundness, weight, rebound, pressure loss, water absorption, shape and size retention.
Footwear for playing football.
How to choose boots for playing football, we talked about in our previous article “How to choose the right boots?”.
THE MAIN MYTH ABOUT FOOTBALL FORM
How to impress people around you?
Some parents think that buying a soccer jersey for a child is not as important as buying a ball, and they are deeply mistaken. Any child is in dire need of joining some important and large community.Putting on the uniform, the child (in his self-image) turns into a real football player, the kind that is shown on TV. He learns to look at himself from the outside. He observes himself and the impression that his form makes on other people.
How to know yourself with the help of a football uniform?
Buying a form – for a child – an important step on the path of self-knowledge, self-affirmation. Currently, the form can be easily ordered by creating the necessary design and placing any inscriptions and emblems on the form.You can, for example, write the child’s surname on the back, and the number is the same as his favorite football player is playing under.
I often tell parents that going out on the field begins long before you actually appear there – you in the company with your child. Preparing for a workout is a ritual. Let not for you, but for the child.
Putting on uniforms, boots, pumping up the ball, admiring the ball, looking at yourself in the mirror, comparing yourself with your favorite football player – this process takes your child many minutes (and sometimes hours) or days if you play with him on weekends.From workout to workout with your beloved dad – this is how your baby lives.
Should a parent take an X-ray of the football field?
The first thing you, as a parent, should do is carefully examine every inch of the place where you will be working with your child. You should, like an X-ray, shine through the grown grass and with your skin feel the glass, nail, piece of iron lying there. You should, if necessary, bring a shovel with you and fill in the irregularities and holes. And there is nothing prejudicial about that !!!
The field is “mined”, what should I do?
Pay attention to whether the dogs are walking in the meadow, whether the cows were grazing here, it is your duty to clear the place of “mines”, because nothing should prevent your kid from enjoying the game of football !!!
I don’t understand those parents who neglect warm-up.Do not spare your ligaments, joints, protect your child’s musculoskeletal system against possible shock loads, protect the ligaments from sprains. The child’s musculoskeletal system is gentle, elastic, but requires mandatory warming up.
Let it be a joint run across the field, several inclinations, rotations, push-ups, jumps.
Only after warming up, start working with the ball.
The main taboo for your child
Beginning to work with the ball, apply a definitive TABOO to control the ball with your hands.The child will periodically have a desire to bend over and touch the ball with his hands, push it in the right direction. Forbid him to do it !!!
Why is two better than one?
It will be much easier to teach your child to handle the ball if you have two balls, one for him and one for you.
He will look at you and copy your movements. Yes, there is an important factor: if you have never played football, urgently read this article and try the practical advice, first of all on yourself.
WHAT TO START LEARNING – 2 BASIC SKILLS
It is a round, resilient ball. Can move from point A to point B
1. By air
For a beginner footballer, first of all, the third point is important. He must learn:
1) Roll the ball.
2) Stop the rolling ball.
Do I need a driver’s license when playing football?
As you talk to your baby, tell him about the driver and the car he is driving.Explain that the driver must be able to drive the car, be able to turn where necessary, stop it at any time and not let the car drive by itself (the ball is a car, the ball, like a car, must not run away from a driver who is a football player).
Remind him of this comparison often. Teach the kid to brake (stop the ball), turn, roll the ball in the right direction.
Rolling ball control exercise (dribble + stop)
How to make sure that the “kolobok” does not run away from the child?
Explain to your child that under no circumstances should the ball “run away” more than half a step.And let him “float freely” over a small section of the field. The dimensions of the square are arbitrary (a 10×10 square is sufficient for this exercise).
With a step, the player moves around the court in any direction, pushing, directing the ball with any foot (any part of the foot). The main condition: as soon as the ball starts to “run away” (the car tries to leave without a driver), you need to quickly step on it with your foot from above (press the brake), and as soon as the situation is taken under control, immediately continue moving.
TOP 5 MISTAKES WHEN LEARNING FOOTBALL FROM ZERO.
Error # 1
What errors can we talk about? Hit the ball and run next to him. But this is where a common mistake comes in. The child hits the ball, it gets accelerated and rolls across the field. The player walks alongside, the ball seems to be under control. But in this case, the child will not learn to control the ball for a long time, to instantly change the direction of movement, to accelerate and slow down.
Golden rule: when frequency is better than strength.
It is necessary to strive for the most frequent contact of the foot with the ball. Here the principle of “touch frequency” is unlimited: you can touch the ball as often as the player’s physical capabilities allow.
Try experimenting for yourself.
For the purity of the experiment, measure the distance of 20-30 meters. Hit the ball in any way you want. The ball will cover the distance from you to the mark in 1-3 seconds, depending on the force of the blow.How many touches? One thing.
Now try to cover the distance with two touches. Once at the beginning of the segment. another somewhere in between.
Then in three touches.
Bring the number of touches to 20; up to 30.
Why can’t you kick a hedgehog with your bare foot?
You will feel that you do not need to hit the ball, you need to gently touch it ( like a hedgehog with your bare foot ). And this prickly “hedgehog” “swears and snorts” if you push it hard, sticking needles into your bare fingers.
Soft and frequent touches of the ball with different parts of the foot will allow you to create an amazing, unbreakable foot-ball structure.
Feeling the joy of dribbling
The result of this exercise should be a feeling of joy from dribbling. As soon as you touch the ball, the leg automatically reaches for this magic magnet again, and again, and again. And so on ad infinitum. Believe me, for a moment you will forget about everything in the world while doing this exercise.
How can you tell a professional footballer from a beginner by your eyes?
Error # 2
Another blunder in this exercise that only professional trainers usually notice is your eyes (or your child’s). Unless you are a professional footballer (if you have never specially trained in football), then say: “Where are your eyes directed when dribbling the ball with the maximum number of touches?” Admit at least to yourself that you have fixed your gaze at the ball, as if hypnotized by a magic cobra, you are looking at the ball and cannot tear yourself away from it.
And at this time the situation is changing around. For example, your spouse comes up to you and tries to tell you something. And you not only don’t see it, but you don’t hear it yet !!! Or your child shouts to you that he fell, but you look at the ball and do not notice anything around !!!
In the same way, children, having received a task, focusing on its correct implementation, completely forget that a football player’s gaze should be directed at least at the ball, as much as possible at everything that happens around, on the field.
Use colored dice to eliminate this error.
Measure the distance 15-20 meters, mark it with landmarks. And ask your child to move the ball in a straight line with as many touches as possible. But tell me that at some point you will lift some object up for a few seconds (it is better if it is a cube of some color that is not known to the child in advance, for example, you can show him three cubes (red, blue, yellow) and say that you will once lift one of these cubes up.The child must constantly monitor you so as not to miss the important moment of lifting the cube.
You can complicate the task. By saying that you will raise the die three times. You need to remember the sequence of colors, for example, yellow, red, yellow; blue, yellow, red, etc.
Just imagine what kind of load the child’s brain will receive !!! And what maximum development of mental abilities (attention, memory, thinking) can you provide to your child by performing with him just one, at first glance, unpretentious exercise !!!
Do this exercise with the child regularly, change some tasks, invent, change the size of the playground, put objects on the playground that the child should never touch.
And start learning what a footballer’s foot consists of, what parts of the foot a footballer can touch the ball with, both during dribbling and striking.
Outside of the foot: “Swede”
Inner side of the foot: “cheek, cheek”
How to properly “kick” the ball in football, we will talk in our other articles.