Lacrosse Conditioning

Conditioning is a Necessary part of Practice

Are you having trouble fitting in your lacrosse conditioning and stick skills all in one practice?

So many coaches and players have that problem... There just isn't enough time in the day.

You must condition to make sure your team is the fastest, but you also have to work on improving lacrosse skills.

This goes hand-in-hand with economical training, which is making the most of every single second that you spend at practice.

Different coaches use different ways to condition at practice.

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Lacrosse Conditioning

Lacrosse Conditioning Drills

When you have conditioning drills could really change your team's future.

Pre-Practice Conditioning

Some coaches have the philosophy that the way a team plays when they are dead tired, can determine the outcome of the game in the fourth quarter.

The other team plays sloppily, throwing the ball away and dropping the ball. While your team plays normal because they are used to playing tired.

So...How do you get a team accustomed to playing tired?

You run them as hard as you can during the first part of practice. For the first 15-20 minutes, they should be sprinting.

Afterward, give them a 5 minute water break, then start the practice.

Depending on your captains, you can have them start the conditioning drills 20 minutes before the practice starts. By the time you get there, they will be tired and ready to practice.

Going on personal experience: I had a coach that did this, and I loved it! We got so much more accomplished because all of our conditioning was done before the start of practice!

If you have reliable captains (make sure they don't slack off by coming early for a few practices), then I highly recommend the pre-practice conditioning.

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Lacrosse Conditioning Drill

Lacrosse Conditioning

Indian Run With A Twist

Indian Run

I am sure that almost everyone has heard of the Indian run, but if you haven't then here it goes...

Your team lines up in a straight line, and begin to run. The person at the back of the line sprints up, and becomes the new man in the front. Then another back person sprints up, and he becomes the front man. And so on, and so on.

With this version of the Indian run, everyone should have their lacrosse sticks, and there should be one lacrosse ball.

The person in the front cradles the lacrosse ball, then throws it 5 feet to the right of the line. The whole line calls "Ball Down!"

Once the last person hears this, he sprints to pick up the ball. Once he gets to the front of the line, he throws the ball 5 feet to the right. The whole team calls "Ball Down!" And it continues from there.

This is a great way to do lacrosse conditioning, because it involves a lot of different aspects of the game.

Such as:

  • Long Distance Running
  • Sprinting
  • Ground Balls
  • Team Building
  • Team Communication
  • Cradling

For any coach who doesn't want to do pre-practice lacrosse conditioning, I recommend this workout.

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