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How to Rocker Dodge in Women's Lacrosse

Learn how to rocker dodge from coaches at Gameday Lacrosse in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm I'm Katie Chrest Erbe, Assistant Lacrosse Coach at Columbia University and I'm joined by Liz Kittleman Jackson, Head Coach at Columbia University. Today we're going to talk about a rocker dodge. Generally, this dodge is used most often around the crease but it actually can be used anywhere on the field. A rocker dodge is when we use a change of direction, a change of weight and we use our body to, kind of, trick our defender to thinking we're going to go one way and then we roll back over top.

So, if I was playing on Liz, okay, and I end up in a position like this, where she has already made contact on me what I'm going to do is I'm going to take a quick step back here, I'm going to lean my weight as if I'm actually going to roll down and under which makes her, kind of, step this way and overplay me and then I'm going to roll back over the top. So, some of the key components of this is that I really, A: I want to protect my stick, so my stick actually wants to come with my body weight and my shoulders so that Liz actually thinks that I'm going to go this way and them I'm going to roll back over the top. Okay? Another thing is our shoulders are really important in this dodge and our head.

So, if I rock back like this but my shoulders and my head never come back, it's not as believable as if I really just give a quick shoulder fake and a head fake and then that wil really throw her off so that I can get free over the top. So, those are some of the things that you can do to do an effective rocker dodge.

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