Students in grades 3-5 began lacrosse today. When they entered the gym we had lacrosse highlights playing on the big screen. The goal is to have them see it being played at a high level and perhaps draw their interest.
After exercising, students were shown the following video on how to throw a lacrosse ball using a stick.
The most important thing is for them to realize is how similar it is to throwing a football, baseball, or softball. You do not square your shoulders to your partner when throwing. You face to the side, like a pitcher when they wind up to throw a baseball. Eventually your shoulders square to the person you are throwing to, but not in the beginning of the toss. The word the video used was "perpendicular" to your partner.
After watching the video, and taking a lap, students practiced throwing with a partner.
Students in grades k-2 did not watch a video, but watched the coaches demonstrate how to throw using a scoop, which is a much smaller, safer stick that uses Wiffle balls.
To view what the scoops look like, click the link below:
We will focus on tossing and catching using these scoops during the next few days.