Liz: Hi, I'm Liz Kittleman Jackson. I'm the Head Lacrosse Coach at Columbia University. I'm Joined by Katie Chrest Erbe, Assistant Coach at Columbia, and Caitlin Jackson with Gameday Lacrosse.
Today, we're gonna talk about some basics of checking in the game of lacrosse. Safety is a big part of our game, so you have to make sure that you're checking correctly. Some of the basics include; making sure that you're in front of your attacker, to make sure that you have a good vision of her stick, and that typically, you're a step in front. In getting off a good legal check, you want to make sure that you wait until the attacker exposes her stick. Then when you're going for the check, you're really just using your hands.
You're not stepping into it, you don't want to lose your balance, cause that usually results in a foul. As soon as your attacker exposes her stick, you wanna reach towards the corner of the head. This is one of the best and the fastest ways to get the ball out of her stick head. Using a quick down and up motion is what's gonna help you get the ball out of her stick, safely and legally. You don't need to put all of your weight into it and you don't want to hold your stick on top of hers, that will result in a foul. So, remember, make sure that you're in front of the attacker, you wait for her stick to be exposed, and you do everything quickly, just with your hands, so that you can get the ball back safely.