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Lacrosse Tryouts: Prepare Today to Succeed Tomorrow

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 27, 2016 4:00:12 PM

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With lacrosse tryouts right around the corner, it’s time to get your game in high gear. Whether you decide to jog every day or play a few hours of wall ball, what you do now will influence how you perform later.

How each lacrosse player prepares for tryouts is different. You can practice with a buddy, several teammates or by yourself. Regardless, every athlete’s off-season workout regime should focus on improving certain core lacrosse skills, like speed and stick skills.

Conditioning, Strength and Flexibility

It’s easy to lose a step in the off-season. An idle winter can wreak havoc on your body’s strength and conditioning. But, it’s never too late to regain speed and endurance. You can get back into the swing of things with a series of conditioning, strength and flexibility drills.

  • Stretchinglacrosse tryouts
  • Jump Rope
  • Jogging
  • Stair Climbing
  • Push-ups and Sit-ups
  • Weights

Stickhandling Skills

If you haven’t yet been drafted by a Major League Lacrosse team, there’s likely room for improvement in your game. In the weeks before tryouts, consider spending extra time improving your mechanics.New York Lizards’ All-Stars like Rob Pannell and Paul Rabil are perfect examples of how possessing strong stick skills leads to success. In order to dominate on the lacrosse field, players like Pannell and Rabil have devoted hours upon hours to strengthening their stick skills.

Even if you have just a regular game of catch with a friend, you will be glad later that you warmed up that crosse, which might have been gathering dust all winter.


In lacrosse tryouts, coaches are always on the lookout for athletes who can win the battle for groundballs, because they may be the difference between winning and losing. Just like lacrosse practice generally includes ground ball drills, your off-season workouts shouldn’t neglect this important facet of the game.

  • Scoop on the Run
  • 1-on-1
  • 2-on-1

Shooting Drills

Since there’s always a spot on the field for an ace goal-scorer, practicing shooting drills during the off-season is never fruitless.

There are many methods for improving your shooting skills, but all you really need is a cage and a little motivation.

  • Picking the Corners
  • Basic Sweep
  • One-handed Shooting
  • Seated Shooting

Or if you are Paul Rabil, the cage may be optional. Here, he refines his shooting by firing a lacrosse ball at small targets.

Mental Preparation for Lacrosse Tryouts

Athletes that are cool, calm and collected always have a better chance of succeeding in tryouts. To achieve a winning frame of mind, mentally prepare beforehand.

  • Positive Imagery

Visualizing success before, during and after tryouts will build confidence and motivation.

  • Present Focus

Being in the moment allows you to put 100 percent of your effort on the task at hand.

  • Goal Setting

By breaking down goals into manageable pieces, they become easier to pursue.

If you begin preparing for the spring season today, you will reap the benefits when lacrosse tryouts begin. Just don’t forget to show up early, introduce yourself and hustle all day long!

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Lacrosse Conditioning, Training, Player Development, Off Season