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How to Sword Dodge in Women's Lacrosse

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


Hi I'm Katie Chrest Erbe, I'm an assistant coach at Columbia University and I'm here with Liz Kittleman Jackson, who's the Head Coach at Columbia University. Today i'm going to talk to you about a sword dodge.

So a sword dodge is actually very similar to a split dodge it's just a little bit different then the way we switch our hands on our stick.

The reason its called a sword dodge is because were going to actually pretend like were going to put our sword in our holster by sliding our bottom hand up our stick as our top hand drives our stick down to our opposite hip and then i'm going to take my top hand off my stick and replace it to the bottom and the way that this is used in a dodge, if I go up to Liz who's my defender, and I really sell this step that i'm actually gonna go to my dominant side and as she bites then i'm gonna switch my hands with this sword switch, protecting my stick down by my hip and then bringing it back up as I go around her.

It's just another way to protect our stick in that split dodge. So where as a regular split dodge my stick would stay above my shoulders, this one i'm going to sell it hard with my dominant foot, i'm gonna slide my stick down to the opposite side of my body, and then switch my hands as I come out of this dodge. So that is a sword dodge.

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