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Lax Progression

By: Zack Grussell


3rd and 4th Grade:


At this age, catching and throwing is a very hard task to accomplish. Focus on the fundamentals you can control. Spend time on stick work drills but make it a point to have the boys work on wall ball outside of practice. Have wall ball tests to make sure the boys can accomplish certain things in a certain amount of time. This should be done at all ages.


Emphasize ground balls, cradling technique, and dodging. On defense understand the principles of how to guard someone; giving ground and approaches. Team defense will be hard to teach.


Ground Ball Technique:

  • Both Butts Low

  • Importance of Quick Cradle on Ground Ball

  • Head and body down, bring it to your ear, make a phone call



  • Proper technique

  • functional to getting the ball out of your stick faster - vertical by your ear


Catching and Throwing:

  • Importance of proper fundamental throwing - compare to baseball pitcher, opposite foot forward, hands away from your body, put keys in pocket

  • Overemphasize rotating when throwing! Turn your torso

  • Soft hands! No death grip. All fingers!

  • Quick Stick right and left - (start early with both hands!!!!!)

  • 10 yard throws - Both hands

  • Canadian left and right

  • Over the shoulder



  • Very soft hands, top hand never on plastic, catch with fingertips. Pressure should be light enough to knock stick back to passing position


Rolling away from Pressure:

  • Importance of moving away from pressure and punching hands out away from defender



  • Importance of dodging full speed on all dodges

  • First step at defender

  • Changing speed and direction

  • Dodge 5-10ft away depending on person guarding you to create space

  • Dodges to master (Importance of footwork in dodging:

    1. Bull dodge - Compare to an in and out dribble in basketball - player explodes off of opposite foot to explode back to their stick side
    2. Split Dodge - Compare to crossover in basketball - player explodes off of same foot the stick is in to change direction - hands are changed late to make sure player shields stick with body



  • Giving ground

  • proper approaches - banana approach

  • poke check

  • “pop” and what the importance is

  • Controlling offensive player - you control where he goes

  • Help defense - knowing how to clog up lanes of other dodgers, “showing”

  • zone help



  • Clearing through - When someone is dodging, know to get out of the way if you’re adjacent

  • Coming to the ball!!! Easiest pass is two players running toward each other, no flat feet!!!! CANNOT STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS

  • Full understanding of 3v2

  • Partial understanding of 4v3