Summer vacation is the perfect time to retool your lacrosse game. Lax players who work hard through the dog days of August are the ones who gain a leg up on the competition. If you want to earn more playing time next season, consider this list of dos and don’ts your essential summer reading.
3 Things you should do this Summer Break
1) Work on your Weaknesses
A two-month break from school responsibilities gives you the opportunity to work on the weak points of your game. For example, youth lacrosse players often have difficulty throwing and catching with both hands. A summer of wall ball is a solid solution to this common issue.
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2) Get Exercise Playing other Sports
There’s no question lacrosse is a fantastic game. But, that fact shouldn’t prevent you from playing other sports, too. They can provide a workout if even you are burnt out on playing lacrosse.
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3) Enjoy some Downtime
Although every lax player wants to improve, it’s easy to over-train in the off-season. No matter how serious of an athlete you are, you will benefit from including downtime in your routine. By taking breaks during training this summer, you can recharge both your mind and body.
What Lax Players should not do in the Off-Season
1) Lose Sight of Personal Goals
With BBQs, beach trips and vacations, it’s easy to lose sight of your personal physical fitness goals. In order to stay focused on self-improvement, you should develop a summer schedule that you can realistically follow. If you establish a regular routine at the end of school, it will give you structure throughout the summer months.
2) Become Lazy
It happens to even the best lacrosse players. Summer’s distractions lead to less training time. But, if you want to impress your coaches at tryouts next spring, you will have to limit couch time. Instead, you should develop strength and conditioning, speed and agility and nutritional routines.
3) Get Injured
Although sports injuries are unavoidable, the last thing you need is one that happens off-the-field. Too much training in the off-season can lead to overuse injuries, which can carry into next season. If you are serious about your sport, you may want to avoid risky behaviors that have a high potential for injury.
To be the best, you have to work at your game, even during summer vacation. Whether you play attack, midfield, defense or goalie, you can use this list of dos and don’ts as a springboard to a winning off-season.