For children to excel and get the maximum benefit out of boys lacrosse, proper coaching is a must. For most kids, lacrosse may not be a very familiar game so good coaching will involve more than just teaching them techniques and plays. Coaching boys lacrosse will have to start from introducing them to the game and teaching them the value and benefit they can derive from the sport. Here are some coaching tips for boys’ lacrosse that will help them gain the proper appreciation for it.
- Put on some videos. It may not always be possible to bring the kids to an actual lacrosse game but some good videos of boys lacrosse matches will serve as a good introduction and give them an overview of the game. If watching an actual lacrosse game is possible, that would be an even better introduction.
- Tell them the history of the game. Lacrosse has a long history and a colorful past with strong religious influences that should give boys lacrosse an aura of tradition not possible with more modern sports. By making the kids part of the tradition of boys lacrosse, their participation in the sport can imbue them with a spirit that goes beyond mere athletics.
- Explain the game and its rules. Kids must understand the objectives and fundamentals of the game. Then, go over the rules first in principle and then in detail. Make generous use of examples preferably using instructional videos and tapes of actual games.
- Show them the gear. Nothing in a sport like boys lacrosse catches the immediate attention of kids than uniforms and equipment. Let them handle each piece of equipment especially the stick and the ball. Have them try on the helmet.
- Let the kids get a feel of it. Teach them how to hold the stick correctly and how to use it properly. Make sure that each member of the team gets enough time to practice using the stick. If one or two look exceptionally adept, encourage them to help their team members acquire the right technique.
- Do some familiarization exercises. Explain the ball to the kids and basic skills like scooping, cradling, passing and shooting. Then let them try it out until they’re comfortable with the movements of boys lacrosse.
- Work out a training program and schedule. First and foremost, the training program should focus on getting everyone in shape. This means getting everyone in the right shape by doing speed drills and explaining that nothing happens until each one has the energy and stamina for the demands of a boyslacrosse game.
With good coaching, it won’t be long before your boys lacrosse team will be ready for some exciting matches.