Lacrosse – Cradling Techniques

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Lacrosse expert Andy Corno demonstrates how to play lacrosse and cradle a lacrosse ball.

    Andy Corno

    Andy Corno is the founder and president of Leaders Lacrosse, a sports training company which runs camps, clinics, and private lessons in the Washington DC area. All camps, clinics, and private lessons are tuned toward the skill level of each player. Leaders Lacrosse also focuses on the complete athlete, incorporating character building, teamwork, hard work on the field, and hard work in the classroom into all their programs. Andy plays profession lacrosse for the Philadelphia Barrage. He played in every game for the Barrage during their 2007 championship season and is noted as one of the best face off midfielders to ever play the game. He was recently traded from the New Jersey Pride. In only his second year he was chosen as a 2006 Major League Lacrosse All Star and led the league in Ground Balls. Andy played college lacrosse at Georgetown University from 2001-2005, where he led the Hoyas to the playoffs every year. He was a 3 time all American, senior captain, and noted nationally year in and year out for his work at the faceoff circle. Coach Corno is currently one of the top five NCAA leaders in career face off percentage and total ground balls. He graduated from Georgetown with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences, a Marketing Major, and a NCAA Academic All-American. Andy grew up in Bethesda, MD and attended Walt Whitman High School. He was a Captain for both his football and lacrosse team. He made history as the first ever recruited Division I Lacrosse player to come out of Walt Whitman High School . He was First team Washington Post All-Met his senior years, All county player of the year, and an All American in his senior year at Whitman.. Andy’s success on and off the field is driven by his hard work, dedication, and determination in everything he does. He is committed to the growth of the sport, having fun, and helping young athletes get better.

    Andy Corno: Hi! My name is Andy Corno with Leader's Lacrosse Camps, Clinics and Private Lessons, here to show you the game of lacrosse.

    Right now, we are going to focus on how to cradle in lacrosse. First we cradle to protect our sticks and keep that ball in our lacrosse sticks. From all the other defenders that are trying to take it away from us.

    Defenders, when they play, use long sticks and short sticks to try and check you. Cradling will help you keep the ball in your lacrosse stick when you are trying to attack the goal. Also it's very hard to keep the ball in the stick while running, cradling keeps the ball in your stick while running at full speed.

    First, when we go to cradle you have to make sure that you hold this lacrosse stick in your fingers, not in your fist, in your fingers. Also understand that it's the top hand that does all the work when we cradle in lacrosse. The bottom hand is used almost as a pivot or just to guide the stick. The top hand is what does all the cradling work.

    Holding the lacrosse stick in our fingertips using our wrist and elbows and arms, we are going to move them up and down in a cradling motion, keeping the ball in the pocket of our lacrosse sticks, just like this.

    When you start out, it's okay to look at the lacrosse stick, making sure that the ball stays where it needs to be. After we've mastered just the basic cradle, we can move on to practicing other types of cradles like the Cross-Face Cradle or the Power Cradle, which is a full motion up and down.

    Also, you can practice on one handed cradle, to protect your stick often times attack man use this type of cradle in a lacrosse game, which looks something like this. Again notice, that it's my top hand that's doing all the work when I cradle. Practice on your own to get better at this game.

    Those are the basics to cradling in the game of lacrosse.