How To Improve Lacrosse Stick Handling

Regardless of the level of play, an essential part of any lacrosse player’s game is how they’re able to control their stick during both games and practices. 

Since stickhandling is such a critical part of any lax player’s game, mastering that particular technique in various situations will lead to that confidence rubbing off in other places on the field. 

If you’re planning on spending part of your summer going to lacrosse camp, then you should check out the options we have available at GameBreaker because we hit on a little bit of everything during your time with us. Outside of working on stick skills, our coaches and camp directors put together an experience that also allows youth lax players to improve their shooting, ground balls, defense (both team and individual), fast breaks, dodging, triangle offense, clears, face-off and wing play, and man up, man down.

After enduring a year like 2020 (and now as the pandemic continues into 2021), everyone in your house is likely itching to get out of the house. You’ve spent enough time there, anyways! Getting out and doing something is a plus, and making that activity something fun like lacrosse camp is even better. 

But if you have to wait until the summer, how can you get a headstart on improving your skills right now, especially since you’re likely spending more time at home than you’d like? Well, you’re in luck — here are two drills you can do at home that will improve your stick skills before hopping onto the field at one of our GameBreaker Lacrosse Camps this summer. 

Top Hand Only Triple Threat

Sometimes, even the simplest of drills can help you in a big way. A huge part of being a great lacrosse player is being in control — not just of your body as you’re moving down the field, but also while you’re moving with the ball. The above drill will allow you more control in a bunch of different situations, which ultimately raises your overall skill as a lax player. 

Not allowing too much overall movement while you’re cradling the ball will keep the opposing team guessing because they won’t be able to tell whether you’re about to dodge them, pass it to a teammate, or shoot at the goal. 

Around the World Flip to Catch

Here’s something that will be a good challenge as you look to improve your stick skills because you’re doing this entire thing by yourself. As you toss the ball to yourself from behind your own back, the first objective will be to simply get the drill down because it’s difficult to bring the stick around your face and toss the ball without actually seeing yourself doing it. 

Once the reps are in and you’ve got the move itself down, that’s when you can continue making things more difficult to challenge yourself to improve. For example, you can limit how high the ball gets thrown so the trajectory around you continually gets tighter.