Ground Ball Training
You often hear that ground balls win lacrosse games. Why? Because if you can win the battle for ground balls, your lacrosse team will control the ball longer and thus will have more potential chances to score. Ground ball drills are an essential part of lacrosse training. At a minimum, coaches should conduct one-on-one and two-on-one ground ball drills.
Keys to winning ground balls – hustle, never giving up (as balls can pop loose) and boxing out. Boxing out is where the player places his body between the opposing player and the ball. It is much harder to get the ball if someone is blocking you!
If you want to get really creative, you can try reaction ball drills on a hard surface. These knobby balls bounce erratically and are great for improving hand & eye coordination on ground balls. However, be aware that that reaction balls don’t work well on turf or grass.
For a variety of ground ball drills, please visit the main Beginner Lacrosse Drills section.
Instructional Videos for Lacrosse Ground Balls