Katie: Hi, I'm Katie Chrest Erbe. I'm an Assistant Coach at Columbia University.
And I'm here with Liz Kittleman Jackson, Head Coach at Columbia University. Today we're going to talk about a stutter step and most specifically using it as part of our dodge. So a stutter steps is just basically a series of short, explosive steps and I'm going to use them in a way to try to get my defender off balance and then I'm going to try to blow by her. So, first thing I want to do is make sure that I have enough space between me and my defender so that I have some space to still go forward and then eventually when she bites on one of my steps, I want to go by her.
Another important thing about a stutter in lacrosse is I want to coordinate my stick with my feet. So, as my weight shifts to this foot I'm going to pull my stick across because if I were to really go to this side then I would need my stick to be protected over here. If I come up and I stutter without moving my stick, Liz is less likely to believe me and therefore I won't be able to really throw her off. So, as I come up I'm going to really shift my weight, use my stick and see what Liza does. If she bites one way then I'm going to go around her, get back on that straight line and leave her in my dust.
So, again I'm coming up, leaving enough space, really trying to throw her off by these quick little changes of weight and then I'm going to blow by her once she bites on a move. So, that's how you would use the stutter step as an attacker in the game of lacrosse.