By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
One of the first skills that youth lacrosse players must learn is how to cradle the ball correctly. In this exercise, former New Jersey high school Coach of the Year, Beth Larkin, shows a few young athletes where to put their hands, where to carry the ball and how to move their sticks.
Drill Summary: To cradle, a player’s bottom hand needs to be in the bottom six inches of the handle, while their top hand needs to be about 12-15 inches up the handle. Work on moving the ball in front of the body to both sides, with the bottom hand remaining loose and the top hand curling over the top. When the ball gets all the way on one side of the body, the player’s shoulders and the ball should line up.
Keys to the Drill:
1) Hand position.
2) Move the upper body with the cradle.
3) Envision keeping the ball away from a defender.
4) Top hand should curl over the top.
By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
In this youth lacrosse drill Glen Ridge (NJ) High School Assistant Coach, Paul Schwern, teaches players how to cradle with one hand while protecting their stick from a defender.
One-Handed Cradle Drill
Athlete Movement: Players start in a single file line facing a cone about ten yards away. The first player up will cradle with one hand while running toward the cone. A defender is positioned at the cone to throw checks at the ball handler. Upon reaching the cone, the ball handler must switch hands and change direction to return to the end of the line.
Teaching Points: The key is for the ball carrier to use their body to protect their stick from the defender.