Playing attack in lacrosse is a great way to improve your chance of getting on the stat sheet for points. Lacrosse attackmen normally lead their teams in scoring and direct the offense. If you have sure hands and a desire to score, you should try to play attack on your lacrosse team. Attackmen need to be able to get points on the board for their team, but that doesn’t always mean being the scorer. Here we will go through many skills for becoming an attackman that can help their team score in more than one way.
Lacrosse Wall Ball
If you can’t handle the ball, you won’t be helping your team. You gotta treat the ball like your paycheck. Do not lose it, and make sure it gets cashed in the back of the net. To make sure you aren’t gonna lose the ball, include some wall ball in every lacrosse training session you can. Use wall ball as a warm up, cool down, break, distraction, or a whole work out.
Just Play Lacrosse
This isn’t a drill, but it is very useful. You need to understand that while you are the last line of offense for your team you’re also the first line of defense. As an attackman, you will need to ride and be involved in more than just offense. All the very best attackmen are well rounded players and not just one trick ponies. So figure out how to make yourself valuable in ways besides being just a scorer.
Lacrosse Footwork for Attackmen
Lacrosse, like most sports, starts from the ground up. This means you will need solid feet if you want to be able to get by your defenders. Shooting from the outside is always an option, but you have a much better chance when up close. To make it to those best shooting spots, work on lacrosse footwork drills. Lacrosse cone drills are the best for offensive players, but you should focus on the precise motions in lacrosse footwork ladder drills too.
Lacrosse dodges are the best way to beat a defender one on one. Dodging in lacrosse is a very important part of most offenses, and being a great dodger can get you in a starting lineup. Lacrosse dodges are not only used for going to goal, but they also can be a distraction intended to draw attention. Because dodging isn’t always a “score right now” motion, practice the dodges in this article by going through the movement and then passing, shooting, or re-dodging. A “re-dodge” is a second attempt at dodging after your first one didn’t work out how you planned. There’s no shame in a re-dodge, and re-dodging lets you re-focus for a second too before attacking the goal.
The part you’ve been waiting for. Shooting in lacrosse may be one of the most fun parts of the game. You get to just let it rip and hopefully notch a goal for your team. This skill is so complicated though, and many players underestimate the many ways to master it. Placement, speed, release, deception, and shot choice all go into becoming a great shooter. To become a scoring machine, learn how to score and shoot in as many ways as you possibly can. Don’t let yourself be limited by defenders or your place on the field. After all, if the Gaits can score from behind the net, you’ll be able to figure something out.
Lots of lacrosse players only participate in field lacrosse and have never had the chance to play box lacrosse. To those players, I’m sorry for you. I also recommend finding somewhere to play or staring a game with other players you know soon. Box lacrosse is an incredible variation of lacrosse that is very physical and extremely precise. The smaller field size makes ball handling and dodging a specific science. The margin for error is much smaller, and you really get a different perspective on the great game of lacrosse.