How to Play Lacrosse

A lacrosse beginner is considered to be anyone who has been playing the sport for less than two years. Some children will advance quicker than others due to athletic ability and the amount of time they practice on their own. Age is also a factor; a fifteen-year-old is likely to advance faster than an eight-year-old. This section is a foundation for the beginning lacrosse player. It is an overview of the basic skills and concepts players need to know, and provides drills and games that foster the growth of these fundamentals.

These are skills that even the best players in the world work on, day in and day out. The thing about lacrosse is, the better you get at it, the more fun it becomes to play. If you can give yourself a strong foundation in all these basic fundamentals, then you will be well on your way to becoming a great player!


It is important for an intermediate player to continue to work on his passing every day. Using the beginner drills that this site outlines is a good way for an intermediate player to warm-up or practice on his own every day. One-armed passing is a great way for an intermediate player to continue to strengthen his forearms for shooting and overall stick control.

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Intermediate players have to make an effort to continue improving their catching skills. There is no limit to how good a player can get at catching a ball. Here are some advanced aspects of catching that intermediate players have to learn:

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Finding Space

You have now succeeded in teaching your youth players the fundamentals and basic skills of lacrosse. You can only marvel at your players' ability to switch hands, roll dodge and pass and catch with both hands with proficiency. Thanks to Gary Gait, some of your players can now pass behind their backs, and with Casey Powell as inspiration, some of your players can toss a stick in the air and catch it without losing the ball.

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Transition Offense

Just like defense, it is our philosophy that intermediate players can learn how to play offense through transitional situations. Even in six on six situations, the job of the offensive players is to make it a transitional situation. The ball carrier tries to make a dodge to draw a slide, which turns it into a six on five situation.

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