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The Basics: Ground Ball Pickup

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Easily one of the most fundamental skills of lacrosse is how to properly pick up a ground ball. In youth games especially, the ball is on the ground quite often, so knowing how to pick up a ground ball (or GB) is paramount in youth lacrosse. However, there is more to picking up a ground ball than just bending over and scooping through. Players should also shout out “ball” to let their teammates know to get out of the way. They must get low enough to make scooping a natural and smooth motion. Plus, they need to run away, preferably with a wide turn, in order to avoid the opponents that want to check the ball out of their stick.

If there is one key thing to remember about picking up a ground ball it is this – The player who wants the ball the most and tries to pick it up as perfectly as they can, will get the ball in a tough scrum. To all new and experienced players and parents, here is the second video in the series entitled “The Basics.” It details how to properly pick up a ground ball, and two drills that coaches can use to teach players how to pick up a GB more effectively.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to comment below!

Cheers,
Gordon

Your Grandparent’s Living Room

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Every time I visit my grandparents in Myrtle Beach the house is always immaculate. Sometimes I think my Grandma takes a Dirt Devil to every square inch of their living room each morning, and now I know why my mom starts cleaning our house three days before her parents ever walk through the front door.

I know everyone was given the “Trash Talk” at the first season meeting but after spending thirty minutes picking up trash yesterday I’d like to give everyone a short refresher:

We do not own any of the fields we play on. How we leave these fields at the end of each practice and each game reflects upon Atlanta Youth Lacrosse either positively or negatively. I am happy to say we keep things clean about 85% of the time but I would like to see us shoot for 100%.

Coaches, parents, fans, and players – I ask that you treat these fields like your grandparent’s living room. If you see trash that is not yours please pick it up and bring it to one of the trashcans. One of our S.T.A.R.s empties them each week so there is rarely an overflow. At the windsor fields there will always be a trashcan next to or underneath the Tribute Tower and next to the POD.

Yesterday I picked up the first layer of trash that came from the last two weeks. On Monday or Tuesday I will be out with extra trash bags going into the woods to pick up all of the plastic and paper trash that found their way into the forest. Make no mistake, we will keep these fields as immaculate as possible throughout the season.

Arg - Trash Makes Me Talk Like A Pirate

Arg - Trash Makes Me Talk Like A Pirate

Bit of an Eyesore

Bit of an Eyesore

I Like Beverages - Just Not On the Field!

I Like Beverages - Just Not On the Field!

How Did A Baby Diaper Get into the Tree?

How Did A Baby Diaper Get into the Tree?

Cheers,
Gordon