Offseason Development - Wall Ball

The quickest way to improve your stick skills is by spending time at the wall.

Offseason Development – Wall Ball

We are excited to announce the beginning of a series of articles which will be published each week about how you can develop your lacrosse game!  These articles will cover a variety of topics with the main focus centered on creating a resource for you to learn more about the game, ideas on how to pass on your wisdom, and how to navigate the lacrosse world.

For the month of November we will be focusing on two primary aspects of the offseason, player development and recruiting.  As many fall sports come to a close, November is where we see a lot of multi-sport athletes pick up their stick again and begin preparation for the spring season.  It is a great time of year and as a coach, I love the late fall.  So enough with the blabber, let’s get into it!

Everyone wants to talk about shooting and dodging; these are great but the most fundamental thing you can do is spend ample time on the wall.  Here are a couple of tips and ideas on how to make your wall ball experience effective as well as entertaining.

What You Needwall_ball2

  1. 1 Ball
  2. A Wall
  3. 20-minutes

*If you don’t have a wall consider the bounce back from Backdoor Goals.  We have one at Sonoma and they are great.

Routine

  • 50 Right
  • 50 Left
  • 50 Throw Right / Catch Left
  • 50 Throw Left / Catch Right
  • 50 Quick Stick
  • 25 Canadian
  • 25 Behind the Back

This is a great routine.  It hits all the important spots and can be done in a short period of time.  A couple of suggestions to help make it more useful:

  1. Draw a box on the wall (with masking tape or sidewalk chalk if your parents will let you) and only count passes where the ball hits inside the box.  Start big and work your way down to a smaller box each week. Your teammates will greatly appreciate this!
  2. Always keep your feet moving. This is one of the most important habits you can refine during the wall ball routine.
  3. Put together an uptempo playlist on your phone or iPod so the music takes you into the zone and you lose track of time and get lost in the beauty that is wall ball.
  4. Throw the ball as hard as you can but as soft as you have to.  You will become a way better “catcher” if you are used to the ball being whipped at you.

A simple way to get better.

Just think, if you did this 3x a week from now until the start of the season you would get approximately 10,800 passes in.  If you did that, you think you might make varsity?  Well, can’t say for sure but you probably have the best stick on the team.  Take control of your route to success!

 

 

 

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