Winter ball is here this Saturday at Riverwood High School starting at 11:00am. Dates/Times can be viewed on the Schedule page.
Winter is a different time for lacrosse. Your breath is visible from 100 yards, your hands stick to your lacrosse stick, and no matter how much you keep your stick in the warm car there is always a 50/50 chance that it will snap in half on your first slap check. Despite the cold, players suit up and play the game. Trying to get their skills as polished as possible before starting their first January practice.
Winter ball at AYL is a little different from typical play. We do not set rosters for teams ahead of games. Instead, we group all of the players who show up each hour onto random teams that are different each week. Random grouping accomplishes two useful things for players. First, it encourages adaptability as players will play with different teammates each week. Second, it improves communication because players learn to quickly tell their teammates what is going on around them.
Finally, playing lacrosse in the Winter is relaxing. Once you warm up and get going you can almost play forever. However you must warm up! Sprinting up and down the field on cold legs that are not stretched is a recipe for a pulled or torn hamstring. The next post will be how to properly warm up and stretch before a practice or game on a cold day.