PROfile: Jon Urbana
Profession: Lacrosse Camp Owner
Previous Profession: Professional Lacrosse Player
Lacrosse is a fast-paced sport, and it’s the fastest growing sport in the country. This popularity has many parents choosing not to enroll their kids in the typical soccer or baseball leagues, but lacrosse instead. Many of us grew up playing these traditional sports, so we know the basics, but not always with lacrosse.
You want to be able to give your kids a solid foundation in lacrosse, and a lot of that foundation comes with learning how to shoot a lacrosse ball. Let’s review the 12 steps it takes to throw a lacrosse ball so you can get your kid going.
How to Shoot in Lacrosse in 12 Steps
- Place your non-dominant hand at the bottom of the stick (the butt.) Curl your pinky around the bottom of the handle to the grip on a baseball bat.
- Place your dominant hand approximately a foot above your non-dominant hand. Find what feels comfortable to start.
- Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Angle your feet sideways towards the target.
- When shooting, the idea is to place your non-dominant foot towards the goal for accuracy.
- After stepping into the shot, open the hips to point your body towards the target.
- Drag your back foot through the shot for increased momentum.
- When shooting, place arms as far out from your body as you can.
- Force your arms backward during the shooting motion to allow your upper body to twist with momentum.
- The shooting technique in lacrosse is a push and pull motion between your two hands. Pull on the bottom hand and snap-push with your top hand.
- No matter what angle you release the ball, try to keep the lacrosse stick from hooking around your body.
- Practice the motion with a wall or friend.
- Go out and have some shooting fun.
Learning to shoot is a great first step in lacrosse, but there’s much more to the game. If your kid has mastered shooting and is ready to step their game up, it’s time consider a lacrosse camp. There are many across the country, so look for the best camps staffed by the best personnel like Jon Urbana’s Next Level Lacrosse in Denver.
Camps like Urbana’s Next Level will discuss the fundamentals of shooting up to advanced skills. After a camp, your child will have the skills and drive to start playing the game with full passion and fun.
Links to Jon Urbana: