4 Tips to Improve Your Lacrosse Pregame Warm-Ups
Pregame warm-ups are essential to getting your team ready for each and every game. You can take advantage of this time by not only getting your muscles and mind warmed up for the game, but also practicing important in-game scenarios before the big game. You need to make sure your players get the most of whatever time they have before the game to make sure they are at their best before the first faceoff. Below we provide some new ways and drills you can use to improve your lacrosse team’s pregame warm-ups.
Maximize Each Player’s Touches
One of the most important parts of the lacrosse pregame warm-up process is to make sure that each player maximizes the number of touches he or she gets. You want to make sure it is at a normal pace, but as efficient as possible. Make sure each position player picks up as many ground balls as he or she can, especially players who will need to do so throughout the game. Make sure everyone who throws split dodges in games gets in as many as possible. Your goalie also should see about 100-200 shots before the game to get him or her ready for every possible shot during the game.
Pass Line Drills
The most important thing you can do in your pregame routine is to warm up the hand-eye coordination that is so necessary in lacrosse. Pass line drills are the best way to get this done because you work on multiple skills at once in passing and catching. You also should make sure in these simple drills that everyone practices extra passes. If you split it up between midfielders, attackmen and defenders, everyone will get more reps, which is crucial for this drill.
These are another variation of passing and catching drills, because as previously stated, that’s the most important thing you need to practice prior to lacrosse games. This drill is crucial because it’s the most similar to an in-game situation, as you’re the same distance away as you will be on the field during a game. In addition, the game-like distance in this drill also helps you with using both hands, switching directions, ground balls and rolling away from pressure.
The Star Drill
The Star Drill is one of the most used warm-up drills before games. It’s extremely important and used by almost every major college and professional team. Standing in a star formation about 10 yards apart, this drill is perfect to make a number of simple catches and passes, as well as for turning with the ball in your stick. Beyond focusing on catching and passing, the star drill forces you to focus on mechanics, as well as communication skills. Communicating effectively on a lacrosse field can be the difference between a win and a loss. Getting your mechanics right over and over again provide muscle memory, so that in a game it becomes natural to you when you get the ball.
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