By: Jack Kaley and Rich Donovan
Originally Published in: Lacrosse Essentials
Provided by: Human Kinetics
Redirect the ball to a teammate rather than to scoop and pass it. There are many times when you might not be able to gain possession of a ground ball because you are surrounded by opposing players. But you might be able to redirect the ball to a teammate who has a better chance of gaining possession. This is an important part of an offensive swarm pattern.
The drill starts with someone rolling a ball to the man in the middle, who then redirects the ball to either of the outside lanes. Instead of weaving, the players stay in their lines as they run down field (see figure 2.15). This drill is done in groups of three.
Players line up opposite each other and move to the open area, calling for the ball. Proper execution requires the player to call out loudly, "Here's your help!" and for the player over the ball to redirect the ball to the first player.
This important skill requires talking, timing, and teamwork and is an important part of the team swarm. Teams should work on it every practice.