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Wall Ball

Much like anything, it is through practice that our abilities get refined. Practice allows us to make mistakes and learn from them before we get to the game. Much of lacrosse at the youth level is learning to throw and catch the ball. This can be easily practiced at home with no other players by simply using a wall which you can throw against (ask your parents first...please). If you don't have a wall you can throw against, many sporting good stores sell bounce backs which you can use in its place.

You will also need your protective gear, lacrosse balls, and of course your stick. Please remember to wear your protective gear, a ball bouncing back from a wall can be as unpredictable as one thrown from a team mate or opponent.

US Lacrosse recommends varying the type of shots as well as the placement on the wall. If you are just starting out, focus on consistency; that is getting the ball to the exact same place on the wall every time. Then move onto the various ways to throw and catch the ball; all of which your coach will teach you.

US Lacrosse has written the following wall ball drill, which should get you going once you have mastered the basics. If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to; we will be happy to help you as best we can.