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LYL Boys Grade 3-4 Weekly Skill Challenges - 

1. Pass to Yourself: Players should select their strong hand, and lay on their back with a ball in the stick. Using two hands, extended from body, players should throw the ball up in the air and catch it 10X. Repeat 10X with weak or non-dominant hand with no allowable drops. Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing.  Players may use a tennis ball or soft lax ball, if players want to use a lax ball – please wear a helmet (we want to avoid bloody noses!)

2. X-OVER CatchPlayers should select their strong hand, and lay on their back with a ball in the stick. Using two hands, extended from body, players should throw the ball up in the air so that the ball comes down to the off hand side of their body. Players must track the ball, cross the stick over their body, and catch it 10X with strong hand. Then repeat with 10X for the weak hand. Players are allowed 2 drops. Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing.  Players may use a tennis ball or soft lax ball, if players want to use a lax ball – please wear a helmet (we want to avoid bloody noses!). You do not need to complete with non-dominant hand to earn a decal, but can earn a 2nd decal if they do.

3. Wall Ball #1Players should select their strong hand, and with that strong hand with ball in stick, facing a wall our bounce back complete 10 passes and catches. Repeat with non-dominate hand. As this is a build to the FULL WALL BALL CHALLENGE; 1 drop is permitted.  Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing.

 

4. Wall Ball #2 - Split DodgePlayers should select their strong hand, and with that strong hand with ball in stick, facing a wall our bounce back complete single passes and catch. Then change hands in a manner similar to a SPLIT DODGE. Repeat with non-dominate hand a pass and a catch. Then repeat the SPLIT DODGE back to the original hand. Repeat 10X to complete with 1 drop permitted. Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing. 

5. Wall Ball #3 - Roll DodgePlayers should select their strong hand, and with that strong hand with ball in stick, facing a wall our bounce back complete single passes and catch. Then change hands in a manner similar to a ROLL DODGE. Repeat with non-dominate hand a pass and a catch. Then repeat the ROLL DODGE back to the original hand. Repeat 10X to complete with 1 drop permitted. Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing.  

6. Wall Ball #4 - One Handed PassesPlayers should select their strong hand, and with that strong hand with ball in stick, facing a wall our bounce back  remove their bottom hand so that they only have one hand on the stick. Staying in good passing form, complete single passes and catch with one hand. Complete 10X with 1 drop permitted.  Change hands and repeat 10X to complete with 1 drop permitted. Video yourself without interruption.

7. Wall Ball #5 - Cross Over CatchNot all passes are in the box. Many times we need to catch passes that aren't accurate. For this challenge, set up in your strong hand, and throw the ball purposely so that it rebounds to your off ear. For instance, if throwing from the right hand, the ball will return to the left ear, requiring the player to cross over their face and catch the ball. Complete 10X then repeat with weak hand. 1 drop is permissible. HINT: After each catch, players should roll their wrists so that when the stick transitions back to the should the ball remains facing the player and not away from the player. 

8. Wall Ball #6 - Long PassesSimilar to previous challenges, this challenge asks that players move at least 5-8 yards from the target and then complete passes. Players should select their strong hand, and with that strong hand with ball in stick, facing a wall our bounce back complete 10 passes and catches. Repeat with non-dominate hand. 2 drop is permitted.  Video or execution must be consecutive without interruption or editing.

9. Wall Ball #7: Quick Hands Passing: Players should find a bounceback or wall. Players must throw the ball so that it rebounds to the other side of their body. Players must change hands and make the catch. Repeat with a pass and change of hands back to original hand. for catch. Skill must be repeated 10X without a drop.

 

10. Infinity Passing: Players should find a bounceback or wall and set up two cones that are 6-8 yards away from wall, and 10 yards apart. On the run, players must throw the ball against the bounceback, and catch the ball on the run, then change hands and run around the cone. Sticks must aways be up-field for passing and catching. If completed properly, the pattern looks like the infinity symbol. Skill must be repeated 10X without a drop.

 

11. Step Back PassingOne of the main strategies in lacrosse for offense, is to dodge and draw a slide creating a strong side, then quickly move the ball to the weak side to attack the goal. This challenge mimics a quick passing motion to get away from a slide and move the ball. Players should set up two cones - one that is about 1 yard from wall or bounceback, the a second that is about 6 yards. Additionally, place a third cone about half way in between. Starting at the first cone with their back to the bounceback, players should drive to the second cone, then drop their hips and step backwards and make a pass. Players should then head towards the bouceback and catch the ball out of the air below the third cone. Players should repeat this motion 5X with their dominant hand, and 5X with their weak hand, with 1 allowable drop.