Liz: Hi, my name is Liz Kittleman Jackson, I'm the Head Coach at Columbia University. Today I'm joined by Katie Chrest Erbe, Assistant Coach at Columbia and Kaitlyn Jackson with GameDay Lacrosse.
Today we're going to talk about how to catch. Most coaches will tell you that catching and throwing are the heart of the game of Lacrosse. In order to be a successful player you have to understand how to control the ball through proper catching and throwing. One of the most important aspects when learning how to catch in the game of lacrosse is making sure that you have what we consider soft hands. You'll hear a lot of coaches talk about, players do not want to put a tight grip on the shaft of their stick because that will make catching a little more difficult.
As you'll see with Katie and Katilyn passing the ball back and forth, they position their hands at different areas on the shaft. Your hands should never always be at 2 certain points. To be a complete player with your catching, you want to make sure you have a full range of motion across the length of the shaft. You'll see that both Katie and Kaitlyn are giving each other a target, asking for the ball in front of their body and bringing it back behind for them to be prepared to throw. They are not standing stiff, they are not gripping their stick tightly.
If they were to do that the ball would most likely bounce of the top of the stick head. A few keys to catching, make sure that your hands are soft, you're not giving a very tight grip on your stick making it rigid, give your teammate a target and give with the ball as it's coming into your stick, so that you avoid having it bounce off of the top of the stick head.