How to Become A Better Lacrosse Player - 5 Simple Steps
In the this blog post, we give you a simple framework to help you improve your lacrosse game, no matter what position or current skill level you are at. This simple framework doesn’t have to stop at lacrosse but can also be applied to anything you want to improve in your life.
Step 1: Know Your Why
If you want to get better at anything, you must first understand the reasons why you want something. Your why will be your compass and keep you on track when you have setbacks that are inevitable along the way.
Why do you want to become the best player you can be? What goal are you hoping to achieve by getting better? It may be that you want to become a starter on your team, help your team win more goals, get recruited to the school of your dreams, or make it the professional ranks.
Whatever your why is, make sure think deeply and document it. Keep it front of you and along your journey when you don't feel going practice, hitting the wall, or doing the little things that will make your great. Pull out your why and remind yourself why you embarked on this journey to begin with. Your why will pull you through when motivation and energy is lacking.
Step 2: Model The Best
The quickest and best way to master any skill is to find out who has already had success and adapt their methods and techniques. You can try the old fashioned why of trial and error, and try to figure out everything out on your own. However, this will most likely take way more time and decrease your chances of reaching your goal when compared to modeling someone else's success. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel. It’s much easier and more efficient to find out what’s already working and model that approach instead.
Pick your favorite player who plays your position, whether it's a PLL player or favorite collegiate player, or any player in your program or area that you look up to and have achieved the success you want.
Watch film, study their moves, research what drills, routines, and workouts they do or have done that contributed to their success.
Step 3: Get A Plan
Having a workable plan is the next step in this process. There are plenty of free resources out there to help give you ideas for drills, footwork & agility, shooting , stick skills, and strength and conditioning workouts, etc.
For a complete 4-week guide on how to set up your training plan, check out our blog post below about Josh Neumann's Lacrosse Specific training program which covers all aspects form strength, conditioning, agility, and lacrosse skills.
Step 4: Commit & Fall In Love with the Process
Repetition is the mother of skill. If you have a plan, but don't commit to executing your plan consistently, then you are never going to reach your full potential.
Practice for the sake of practice is also not the answer. If you carve out time in your schedule for a wall ball session, shooting routine, or defensive footwork drill, make sure you commit your time & intention towards that practice. Too often you can fall into the trap of going through the and sometimes just going through the motions a practice session can actually do more harm than good as it is reinforcing bad habits.
Each time your commit to practicing, make sure you give it your full awareness and attention. Make sure to give yourself time and be in the moment with your practice. Notice how you feel, observe the way your body feels as you're performing the drill, and make any necessary adjustments. Practicing with intention and mindfulness is a great way to ensure you get the most out of your practice time, also it allows you to truly enjoy the process as opposed to stressing out about other things that may be on your mind.
Pro Tip: Before you begin your practice session, set aside 5 to 10 minutes for quiet meditation/reflection on your intention for the practice. This will help prime your mind.
Step 5: Adjust Your Plan As Necessary
So you have a plan, and you are working it. However, you notice that when your play in games or team practice one area of your game is more lacking than the other areas. That’s okay, adjust your current routine as necessary to accommodate that pays more attention to the area that’s lacking and less on the area that you have become proficient.
Remember, a plan is just a plan, and it should be fluid and always changing especially as you continue to improve your game. You come across a new drill you would like to try out, you may get burnt out on your routine and need to change it up. What ever the reason, it’s always okay and in fact necessary to change things up every now and then.
Thanks for giving this a read. We hope it was helpful to you and your lacrosse journey. If you liked it, or have any questions or comments, please leave them below.