As the Cannons prepare to defend their Major League Lacrosse title, many youth programs are looking forward to their own spring season. Head Coach Steve Duffy took the time to explain what he thinks is the most essential skill for these young players.
Coach Duffy has experience in coaching lacrosse at all ages. After founding the Waltham Youth Lacrosse Program in 1994, he spent 18 years as the Head Coach at Waltham High School. Duffy is entering his fourth season with the Cannons, his first as head coach.
According to Coach Duffy, “Coaches should stress getting your hands away from the body when passing.” Young players should focus on getting their hands away from their body and extending their arms above their shoulders when passing and shooting.
Many lacrosse players have heard the terms “alligator arms” or “dinosaur arms.” These phrases refer to a player passing with his hands tight to the body. Having alligator or dinosaur arms is poor form for players, and it can lead to various consequences.
“When players have their hands tight to the body, they are susceptible to a stick check forcing a bad pass,” says Duffy. Extending your arms will also give you more control of the ball as it leaves your crosse.
As a coach, the best way to help your players is to emphasize proper technique during wall ball and partner passing. Bad habits are formed at practice. If coaches stress arm-extension during partner passing, then the alligator arms will disappear from games.
Stay tuned for more tips from your Boston Cannons, and remember – keep those hands away from your body!