Lacrosse Passing – Instructions

Lacrosse Passing For Beginners

This page focuses on basic lacrosse passes. This section is geared towards lacrosse beginners and looks at hand positioning, passing fundamentals, etc. Once you have learned the basics, you can move to more advanced passing techniques such as Fake Passes and Behind The Back Passes.


  • If you have a very young player, try passing & catching with a tennis ball. Some young players are afraid of being hit with a hard lacrosse ball. Being hit by a tennis ball doesn’t hurt as much.
  • When you catch in lacrosse, your top hand should be near the top of your lacrosse stick. When you pass, you need to bring your top hand down about 12 inches above your bottom hand.
  • Don’t position your top hand at the top of the stick and “push” the ball when passing. This will result in less power being generated. Your top hand needs to come down the stick when passing.
  • Don’t throw a weak, looping “buddy pass”. This slow pass gives extra time for opponents to intercept your pass or harass your receiving teammate. Your passes should be hard and straight.
  • For an accurate pass, you should use an overhand pass. Sidearm passes can be erratic.
  • Try to pass in front of a moving teammate. Passes behind a moving teammate are difficult to catch as they need to reach back to catch while moving forward.
  • For other basic drills, please visit the main Beginner Lacrosse Drills section.

Instructional Videos for Basic Lacrosse Passes