4 Ways to Get the Most Out of Fall Ball
One of the most important times of the year for any lacrosse player – outside of the spring season, of course – is fall ball. It’s a time for players to work in a competitive space, hone their skills, and become familiar with their coach, teammates and the program.
Here are four practical steps you can take to get the most out of this critical time of training and development, and tee yourself up for success in the coming season:
1. Be a student of the game. Strengthening lacrosse knowledge during the off-season is critical.
Study offensive and defensive plays, and learn the strategy behind different tactics. Watch game footage – both of your school’s team and other teams. Study rule updates, variations in equipment and stay up to date on news stories about what’s happening in lacrosse. You never know when it will come in handy.
2. Commit yourself to strength training and conditioning. Your future coaches will notice.
Put in your time at the gym – build up cardiovascular endurance, strengthen your fast and slow-twitch muscles, and take your lacrosse drills to the next level. Be mindful of healthy eating habits to fuel your body. See how STX athletes stay in shape during the offseason here.
3. Get 1-on-1 time with the coaches. It’s time to position yourself as a stand-out player on and off the field.
Don’t let fall ball wrap up without making an impact on coaches. Seek out guidance from the coaching staff. Try to form a unique relationship with each, coming to them for support specific to their areas of expertise. They’ll take notice of your drive and determination to improve, and will be less likely to overlook you on the field.
4. Most importantly…come ready to hit the ground running with a smile on your face! A positive attitude and love of the game go a long way.
Your attitude on the field can greatly impact that of your teammates and the entire vibe of practice. Put aside any negative feelings, personal dilemmas or pressures of class before you enter the locker room and step on the field. Take the time to immerse yourself in the game and show support for your teammates. Positivity is contagious!
Want more ways to stand out to your lacrosse coach? Read tips from the pros and players here.