New York Lizards Blog

A Long Stick Middie's Guide to the Lacrosse Face Off

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A long stick midfielder (LSM) is the lacrosse equivalent of a utility player. Although they may not play every minute, they can be substituted into the game to play defense, offense or even to take a lacrosse face off.

While it may seem unorthodox at first, LSMs can and will face off against short stick midfielders during a game. This face off strategy is sometimes used because it has the potential to turn the tide of the game if approached in the right way.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

3 Lacrosse Drills that Sharpen Players’ Passing Skills

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It’s easy to take catching and throwing for granted. However, these fundamentals lacrosse skills can get rusty without regular repetition. As a result, many teams frequently practice lacrosse drills that develop these core skills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

Lacrosse Goalie Drills: How to Develop Faster Feet and Hands

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With a six-by-six foot cage, the game of lacrosse asks its goaltenders to cover a lot of territory. As middies and attackmen fire shots from all angles, a goalie’s reaction time is the real difference-maker. Since the fastest game on two feet is never in slow motion, any keeper can benefit from practicing these five simple lacrosse goalie drills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

3 Wall Ball Drills for Youth Lacrosse Players

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 25, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Wall ball is a universal lacrosse practice activity. Even stars like Paul Rabil and Matt Gibson continually improve their stick skills through the simple act of tossing a lacrosse ball against a wall. It’s what helps Rabil shoot the rock with authority, and it enables Gibby to dust defenders with shocking regularity. However, wall ball is not just for the pros. It is also an effective way to help new lacrosse players gain confidence with catching, passing and cradling skills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development

Professional Lacrosse Tips: Mastering Midfield Play

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Midfielders are the heart and soul of any lacrosse team. These versatile players cover more territory and see more action than anyone else. In their quest to win championships, professional lacrosse middies master several skills, including scooping, shooting and dodging, which you too can learn today.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

How to Play Lacrosse: Fast Break Defense

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Defending a 4-on-3 fast break is always a challenge in the game of lacrosse. How does a team match up against an offense when they have one less player? By following this fundamental method, any squad can learn how to play lacrosse transition defense in a way that stops fast breaks in their tracks.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

How to Shoot the Rock like the New York Lizards

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It’s easy to pick up a lacrosse stick and start firing on a cage, but it takes practice to shoot with accuracy and velocity. To be the best, the New York Lizards and other lax professionals follow these seven steps of proper shooting mechanics.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

How to Master Scooping a Lacrosse Ground Ball

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Scooping a lacrosse ground ball is one of the most fundamental skills in the game. Still, many players do it improperly.

Coaches everywhere harp on the importance of proper technique, because the team who wins the ground ball battle may also win the game. Regardless of coaches’ prodding, players still sometimes scoop a lacrosse ground ball standing straight up or with only one hand.

If you are new to the game of lacrosse or you’ve been around long enough to take ground balls for granted, this quick refresher will put you in better shape for next season.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

How to Build a Wicked-Good Lacrosse Defense

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 5, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A top lacrosse defense shuts down opposing teams by being both talented and terrifying at once. With a haunting presence, they spook attackmen left, right and center.

But, how do they get to be so scary-good?

This Halloween, we’re sharing the tricks of their trade.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development

How to Perfect Your Lacrosse Cradling Skills

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The most basic of all skills, lacrosse cradling is a technique for keeping the ball inside of a stick’s pocket. While running down the field or performing high-speed dodges, offensive players are usually seen rocking their stick back and forth to maintain ball possession.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development