How to Do a Behind-the-Back Pass in Women's Lacrosse

Learn how to throw a behind-the-back pass from coaches at Gameday Lacrosse in this Howcast video.

Hi, I’m Katie Chrest Erbe, assistant lacrosse coach at Columbia University. I’m here with Caitlyn Jackson of Game Day Lacrosse. And we’re going to teach you how to do a behind-the-back pass, which is actually one of my favorite parts of the game. So, a behind-the-back pass is pretty fancy but it’s also pretty practical and effective if you are in the right position. So, the first thing that you’ll notice about Caitlyn when she goes to do a behind-the-back pass, and one of the ways you can teach this in a more basic way is by having the player stand side-on to their partner to start out with. Caitlyn is going to drop her hands down in front of her and then she’s literally going to drive her hands back, straight back, and up,  so her hands will kind of be in this position. And at the same time that she drives her hands up and back she’s going to rotate her shoulders around and release the ball.

Okay? So, again, my hands drop down. I want to drive my stick straight out from behind me. So if my parter is there, I’m driving it straight out so that the butt end would still pointing at my target. and then I am going to rotate my shoulders a little bit and I’m going to pull with this hand and I am going to push down with my bottom hand actually. So I’m going to go here and I’m just bring it behind my back, hence the reason’s it’s called behind-the-back. So, one common mistake is that kids get a little bit scared and they bring it in front of them and so you really want to encourage them to bring it behind their back and even allow them to snap it so that the stick would hit their shoulder here or their arm. That’s a great way to teach it, but eventually you want to get to the point where your stick is not making contact with your body. So, as you advance in this, you can turn your body straight on.

So, it really teaches your players how to use their torso in their game and how to use their torso in this particular pass. So, what I would do, is I would pivot my left foot, so I really want to be able to turn my hips side-on but keep my feet straight-on. So, I would turn this back foot, turn my hips, drive my hands out behind me, and a quick push-pull to my partner. So I want to be able to stand straight-on to Caitlyn, turn my hips and shoulders and really make this motion very quickly. So, this again, would be as you get more and more advanced in this skill. So, that’s how you do a behind-the-back.