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How to Cradle a Lacrosse Ball

Learn how to cradle a lacrosse ball from the pros at Game Breaker Lacrosse Camps in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Taylor Nissi, Director of Operations for Game Breaker Lacrosse. I'm here today with Nick Schmidt who's one of our great regional directors. Please visit our website Cradling in Lacrosse is the active caring of the ball in your stick. When cradling, the most important thing is your hand position. If we want to have our bottom hands at the bottom end of our stick in the middle of our abdomen, our top hand would have the stick resting gently on the pads of our fingers. To cradle, what we're going to do is we're going to roll our fingers, our wrist, and our elbow in one fluid motion, keeping the stick as vertical as possible but with the slight angle so the ball doesn't fall out of the stick. We want to keep the head of the stick near our helmet to maximize our body's natural stick protection. Occasionally, when the defense man gets too close our is on your bottom hand, you want to switch to just one hand to cradle. When cradling with one hand, it's important to avoid wording. Wording is a penalty and what that is is when you move your arm to actively protect your stick. So, to avoid that you should put your arm out and lock it in position. But, ideally you want to have two hands on your stick that you're in the best position to shoot, pass, or score. And that's the basics of cradling.

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