Published here for the first time, the standards for general stickwork for the competitive player in 2014/2015. This is the baseline for all players and will be thoroughly drilled during Training Camp 2014 . . . Click here for a copy to print
8 Standard Wall Drills
Reps vs Time
There are plenty of wall ball drills out there but when you are practicing, what are the criteria to know if you have a good stick? Are ready to contribute to your team this year or are you the guy no one will pass too?
Below is a baseline metric to measure your general stick skills. If you can meet or beat the reps vs time required – Your going in the right direction!
Racquetball courts are great but any flat wall or rebounder will work
Wear your gloves
Athletic stance (opposite foot forward), always move your feet
Pick a spot on the wall or chalk mark an X and try to erase it by the end of your drills. Don’t just “hit the wall”
Do each standard twice before moving on to the next one. Meaning two right handed quick sticks then two left for a total of at least 630 reps.
The below numbers are minimum reps in maximum time. Don't settle for the minimum.
Wall Ball Drill Standards
1.Quick Stick (Catch soft to collarbone, no cradle) – 60 reps in 60 seconds, right and left
2.Switching Hands Quick Sticks (Throw across body, switch hands while ball is in air after each throw, throw right catch left, throw left catch right) – 60 reps in 60 seconds
3.Catch and One Cradle (Snap your passes, throw hard and straight, pass so that the ball comes right back to your stick, one cradle and out) – 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
4.Switching Hands Catch and One Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks) - 15 in 30 seconds
5.One Hand Catch and Cradle (Full overhand throws, snap your wrist) - 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
6.Switching Hands, One Hand Catch and Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks) – 15 reps in 30 seconds
7.Canadians or “Cross Handed” (Throw and catch across body, pull stick back with same hand, similar to a cradle) – 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left
8.Behind the Back (Throw so that you can catch in front) - 15 reps in 30 seconds
Every year around this time I restate our general JV and varsity team philosophy as it relates to pre-season for new players, or those players rising within the organization. This general policy has not changed since implemented during our first competitive season in 2007 and to my great satisfaction over the years our players have prospered through this early communication resulting in solid team loyalty.
“It is impossible to be a good leader without loyalty to your organization – your team – just as it is impossible to be a good citizen without loyalty to your country”
John Wooden, legendary Head Coach UCLA – On Loyalty, the center foundation for his Pyramid of Success
If you are not participating in fall school sports you are expected at Fall Ball.
Preparation for the season starts in the fall for serious teams. We are a serious team. After winning the 2012 DII Championship in only our 3rd varsity season, finishing 14th of 29 teams, we move up to play Brophy, Chaparral, Desert Vista (1,2,3 in state respectfully) and 4 other top 10 teams in the state.
The commitment during the fall is minimal but comprehensive with Training Camp (9/1) designed to address shooting development, defensive footwork, explosive dodges and overall speed and agility. Instructional Fall Ball (9/29) is one practice and one intramural scrimmage per week until HS Competitive Fall Ball (10/29) when we play other teams weekly in the Husky Fall Ball League through December 8.
Outside All Star Teams
We support our player’s participation in outside all star teams when it does not conflict with our team events such as our own tournament team. When conflicts do arise you are expected to choose your team first. In the unlikely, and in fact unprecedented event that a player should choose otherwise know that his position will be filled and the team will move on.
Here is a quote from Scott Craig, Head Lacrosse Coach of West Islip NY (a top 5 team nationally since the 1980’s that also have their own youth and tournament teams, considered to be a main ingredient to their success) when asked; “What if a players asks to play for another all-star team when the West Islip squad is intact?”
“If you are choosing to do that, I’m taking note. If you want to be one of us, be one of us. There is no fence sitting. You’re in or you’re out”
I could not have said it better myself.
Dual Sport Policy
During the off season players are encouraged to play other sports. Keep the stick in your hand, but play football, basketball, wrestling, track or anything else of interest. As a general rule, players should concentrate on only one sport per season (i.e., fall, winter, spring). However, certain athletes, and we have had many over the years, consider and may be capable of participating in two sports during spring lacrosse season.
In such cases the athlete is required to communicate his intention as soon as able, and designate a primary sport; Meaning that the player will attend all practices and games regardless of conflicts. If that sport is something other than lacrosse, with the player planning to miss practices and or games during the season they may forfeit the opportunity to compete for the starting line up and lose consideration for any leadership roles within the team. However, know that such players can be vital to the organization and thus decisions can and will be made on a case by case basis.
Overall, for all the above and anything regarding the team communication is key. If I don’t hear from you it’s usually not a good thing.