Here’s what you need to know:
- Why do we ask a 4th, 5th, 6th, or 7th grader to use the same size stick as Paul Rabil or Taylor Cummings to master the proper technique of the fundamental skills we want them to develop
- Teaching proper technique to our youth players and constantly reinforcing that technique is the key to maximizing their potential as Lacrosse players. Using a 20 inch stick is the best way to do that.
Last week I shared with you a huge discovery I made trying to improve my youth players technique and form; especially my 2nd – 8th grade players. I cut the shaft of their sticks down to 20 inches. The results have been eye opening.
When I gave the 20 inch stick to the first group of athletes they very quickly began snapping the wrist of their top hand without any verbal coaching cues. Their bodies were able to figure it out on their own because the stick wasn’t too heavy. This first group of players I used the 20 inch stick with were also the group that struggled the most with the concept of snapping their wrist.
For the first few throws with the 20 inch stick, they continued to do what they always did. They pulled way too much with their bottom hand and didn’t snap the wrist of their top hand at all.
The ball went straight into the ground or straight in the air. What happened next was amazing to watch. Without any coaching assistance from me, they began to figure it out on their own.
The only way for them to have fun and be able to successfully have a catch with their partner was if their bodies adjusted. That is exactly what they did, so that after four or five passes they were successfully throwing crisp passes with another player 15 yards away. And they were using perfect technique.
Why did this work? The 20 inch stick was lighter and easier for them to handle and they were strong enough to snap the top hand and produce enough stick speed to move the ball from point A to point B.
Teaching proper technique to our youth players and constantly reinforcing that technique is the key to maximizing their potential as Lacrosse players.
I now have everyone that participates in my program from 1st-8th grade start with the 20in stick.
If you are a player that is looking to break some bad habits, or if you are a coach looking to improve your teams sticks skills, using the 20 inch stick is the way to get the results you are looking for!!!
I would love to know what you think. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.