The ComLax Guide to Wall Ball

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A screencap from Bitter Lacrosse’s Maverik Roots ft. Billy Bitter

The best way for a player to improve their hands without the luxury of another player is to play wall ball. Playing wall ball will create muscle memory and improve a players stick skill as well as their hand eye coordination. It is important for every player to play wall ball regardless of age or skill level. I had a coach once tell me “Once you think that you have succeeded, you have failed yourself.” That means that no matter how good you THINK you are there is always room for improvement. This is the attitude with which I approach wall ball, as I am consistently trying to improve my skills. In this guide we will go over some great ways to help improve your stick skills with some wall ball techniques and tips.

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Buyer’s Guide: Top Lacrosse Gifts for Summer

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The Best Summer Lacrosse Gifts

Whether you’re a parent, coach, relative or just know someone who lives and breathes lacrosse on a daily basis, it’s always a good idea to know about the hot new products that are available in the event that a gift-giving situation crops up. With those warm summer months quickly approaching, these top lacrosse gifts will not only make someone grin from ear to ear, but they’ll also make sure that they’re ready to take on just about anything during that next big game.

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The Ultimate Lacrosse Faceoff Techniques

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One of the fastest growing aspects in the sport of lacrosse is the Faceoff and FOGOs (FaceOffGetOff). Players who are exceptional at taking faceoffs are becoming more and more valuable as time passes and the game continues to grow. They have become so important that over the past ten years, that we have seen players get recruited by colleges solely for their faceoff ability. The faceoff is not only important because of the opportunity to gain possession of the ball, but if you have a consistent FOGO you can stop the opposition from gaining momentum throughout the game. Here are three important factors in being successful at the faceoff:

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The Best Lacrosse Forums for Goalies

Top Goalie Internet Forums

In any sport, let alone one with a niche like lacrosse, it’s only natural for athletes to want to gain a competitive advantage in any way, shape or form that they can. Yes, many kids do things, like go to camps, take lessons from more experienced players, and practice the game routinely that will help a young lacrosse player to grow and improve their skill set. But there’s also a variety of other things that a lacrosse player can do and several other venues that players can go to for information to gain a competitive advantage.

For instance, one place to go for information are internet message boards. There are a bevy of lacrosse forums available on that can help players with topics such as equipment, playing technique, and other miscellaneous things that goalies have questions about or require help with.

But what about lacrosse goalies? Don’t worry – there are lacrosse forums for goalies, too. Here’s a look at some of the most popular forums for lacrosse goaltenders:

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Consistency is what every lacrosse player is working hard to achieve, you want to throw the exact same way over and over again. Any lacrosse player who has ever played hates playing in bad weather conditions not just because you could be cold, wet or extremely hot; they hate it because it messes up your pocket. Consistency is the name of the game and in terrible weather conditions this goes right out the window.
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In the early days of lacrosse wooden sticks were hand carved and strung up with what we now call “traditional” where natural  animal gut was used along with stringing and leathers to form the pocket on the stick. Yes you did read that correctly natural animal intestine was used to string the sidewall of sticks because it is extremely durable, most sticks you see still have original gut along the sidewall. In the early days of lacrosse sticks didn’t necessarily have fully formed “pockets” like we do today, instead cradling was a skill necessary to maintain posession of the ball.

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