How do I teach players to pass in kids lacrosse?

This post was written by Coach Tom on March 16, 2009
Posted Under: Passing,Skills and Drills

Passing is an essential lacrosse skill.  Some kids will pick up a stick and start passing as though they’ve been doing it for years.  More often, though, a munchkin will teach you more ways in which to launch a lacrosse ball from a stick than you knew or believed possible.

I once had a player who would hold his stick horizontally at waist level with the ball and spin around letting the centrifugal force of his spin get the ball out of his stick.  Somehow he knew the right part of the spin where he would, with an imperceptible move, release the ball towards his target.  I almost didn’t have the heart to teach him the correct way.

The main key to teaching passing is to get the player to position his hands, arms, and stick correctly, but at the same time leave room for the player to make small adjustments to be comfortable.  In the correct position for passing, one hand grips the stick ten or so inches from the head.  The other hand holds the stick at the bottom.  The distance between both hands should be about shoulder width and comfortable.  Consequently, that top hand may end up more or less than ten inches from the head.  Some players will have their hands farther apart than appears comfortable, but still pass successfully. Other successful passers will seem to have their hands too close together.

The player should stand sideways (perpendicular) to his target.  If his right hand is the top hand on the stick, his left shoulder should point to the target.  If his left hand is the top hand, his right shoulder should point at the target.  He should turn his head to look at his target.

The player should raise both hands about shoulder height approximately one foot away from his body.  The elbow of the bottom hand should also be about shoulder height and pointed in the direction of the target.  As a result of this positioning, the player’s stick will be nearly parallel to the ground and shoulder height.  The hand nearest the head of the stick should be slightly higher off the ground than the other hand so that the ball does not fall out of the stick.

Finally we get to throw the pass.  The passing motion consists of pushing the stick towards the target with the top hand and pulling the stick down with the bottom hand.  In this movement the palm of the top hand will face the target similar to the overhand throwing of a baseball.  At the end of the throwing motion, the head of the stick should point to the target and not the ground.

It’s useful to have the player practice throwing against a non-rebounding surface such as a baseball backstop.  He can start throwing against a wall or a rebounder once he can pass reasonably.

When he gets the hang of throwing a pass, have him step towards the target with the foot closest to the target as he throws.

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