Lacrosse Catching for Beginners
Catching is a basic lacrosse skill that all lacrosse beginners must master. Too often, you will see young players dropping an easy pass and allowing their opponents to regain possession. This is an easy way to drive your son’s lacrosse coach insane!! If your child can not catch and pass with ease, he will have a difficult time making a lacrosse travel team. Here are videos & catching tips that will teach your child or player to easily catch a lacrosse ball. Also visit our related page on Lacrosse Passing.
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Lacrosse Catching Tips
- If your young son or player is having trouble catching because he afraid of being hit by a hard lacrosse ball, you can start off practicing catches with a tennis ball.
- Wall ball is a great way to practice catching & throwing especially if you do not have a partner. Visit our Wall Ball Drills page for catching & throwing ideas. If you are lacking a free wall (i.e. school wall or garage wall), you can always buy a lacrosse rebounder to practice your catching.
- Make sure your son or player has his top hand next to the head of the lacrosse stick (versus down at the middle of the shaft) as this makes catching much easier.
- Have your son or players practice switching hands so they can catch a ball thrown to their non-dominant side. Lacrosse tryouts are notorious for testing kids on their ability to shoot, pass and catch with their right AND left hands. If a player can not catch confidently with their non-dominant hand, they are unlikely to make it onto a skilled lacrosse team.
Lacrosse Catching Variations
- Lacrosse Cross Handed or Cross Body Catching – Not every throw is perfectly thrown. Beyond being able to switch hands for a catch, a player should also catch by moving their stick across their body (i.e. holding a stick on their right side and moving its across their body to catch on the left side without switching their hands). The advantage of this type of catch is that they can catch with their dominate hand and thus are in a better position to shoot or pass. See the video below for more on cross handed catching.
Lacrosse Catching Drills
- Basic passing & catching with a stationary partner – practice right and left hand passes & catches.
- Two kids running down the field in parallel passing back and forth. Running & catching with your non-dominant hand can be tough for beginners.
- Practice catching goalie clears. Act as a goalie and make your players break out left or right from the goal in order to catch a ball on the run.
- How often do young kids throw perfect passes? Almost never. Therefore, you need to practice “bad” passes. Throw passes to the left when the stick is in your player’s right hand, throw them too low, throw too wide, etc. Make your player practice moving his feet in order to make the catch easier. He should also practice switching hands or cross body catching in case the ball goes to the “wrong” side of his body (i.e. a pass going to his left side when his stick is on his right).
- Practice catching passes with one hand. Pass a ball that is almost too high or wide so the player must extend his stick (versus keeping his hand near the head of the stick). This will help him to intercept opponent passes or catch errant passes from his teammates. You can also make this into a wall ball drill.
- For other basic drills, please visit the main Beginner Lacrosse Drills section.
Instructional Videos on Lacrosse Catching