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Essential Face-Off Techniques: Proper Hand and Foot Placement

By adam.warner - Last updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Looking to be a difference-maker at the face-off X this season? Follow along with Syracuse assistant men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Donahue as he breaks down proper hand and foot placement when it comes to face-offs. These must-have tips and techniques will go a long way towards improving your fundamentals as you look to make strides in your face-off play.

Hand Placement

First, your top hand should be as high as the rules allow you to get. The further up you can get, the better (and obviously playing within the rules of the game). This is where the force is going to come from. If you are down lower, you will lose a lot of leverage.

Eventually you have to make a decision about which grip to use. Do you go with a regular grip or a reverse/motorcycle grip? Well, both have advantages. For instance, the reverse grip can be quite effective, but it limits what other moves you can use. Meanwhile, the regular grip allows you to have more counters and helps disguise what you are doing a little more.

All the while, your left hand is really important and don’t use it effectively enough. Where you place your left hand depends on which  move you are going to do.

*Now follow closely as Coach Donahue provides some examples of proper hand placement during face-offs.

Tip #1 – If your hand is close to your other hand, with a very short movement, your handle can go a long way. While it can be quick, the problem with this is that with your hands that close, you lose power. If the opponent is using a power move on you, you won’t have any strength.

Tip #2 — If you bring your hand all the way down to the end of the stick, your hand has to move farther and it’s much slower. But you have power.

Foot Placement

When it comes to your feet, they MUST be able to support what you are doing with your hands. For example, most kids in lacrosse camps have their feet back too far on face-offs. In this position, they simply won’t be able to move their hands very well.

Therefore, keep the right foot close to the hands. This will allow a player to get his weight off of his hands, also allowing the athlete to get their right shoulder over the ball, which is where you want to be anyway.

Meanwhile, the placement of the left leg is a bit trickier. It can actually take a while for a player to figure out where he wants it and what works best. Many times it often depends on the size of the player. For instance, taller guys may have to stick their leg out a little because otherwise it’s just not comfortable any other way.

Also, try turning in a little bit, especially if clamping. This will really help you get to where you want to go.

The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD The Encyclopedia of Face-Offs.” To check out more lacrosse videos featuring face-off tips and techniques, click here. 




The latest Lacrosse DVDs features Kevin Donahue and John Desko!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Our newest Lacrosse DVDs feature Syracuse University Head Coach, John Desko, and Assistant Coach, Kevin Donahue.  Coach Desko is a 5x National Championship Coach and fifth on the on all-time list for career winning percentage.  Also, Coach Donahue won the 2001 Jay Gallagher Award as the nation’s top Division I assistant coach.  The titles of these Lacrosse DVDs are:

All Access Syracuse Lacrosse Practice

  • Get a behind the scenes look at the most successful Men’s lacrosse program
  • Learn situational station drills for feeding, shooting, transitional play, defense and face-offs
  • Increase your players stick handling and confidence
  • Replace traditional line drills with game-like passing drills players will need to make in the offense
  • Learn pressure and stress drills to get players to work “smarter” on the fly
  • See the Syracuse’s approach to the zone offense and defense

The Encyclopedia of Faceoffs

  • Everything you need to mold dominant faceoff men–even if you’ve never taken a draw yourself
  • Learn the key attributes required to be successful at the face-off X
  • Learn the individual moves used by effective face-off players, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Win more games by getting more possessions per game

Looking for more high quality Lacrosse instruction? Then check out the DVD titles below:

Building a Championship Goalie
The Syracuse Way: Building a Championship Lacrosse Program




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