Lacrosse – Picking Up a Ground Ball

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Lacrosse expert Andy Corno demonstrates how to pick up a ground ball when playing lacrosse.

    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 Leaders Lacrosse Camps, Clinics and Private Lessons, here to show you the game of lacrosse. Right now we are going to focus one of the most important aspects of this game and that's picking up the ground ball. At the college, professional and even the high school and grade school level, the most important lacrosse statistic the coach is look at is the ground ball battle. Often times the team, who comes up with more ground balls, ends up winning the lacrosse game. Simple, more opportunities for your team to score and less opportunities for the other.

    So, here's how to pick up a ground ball. First and foremost we want to make sure that we get extremely low, when we pick up a ground ball. If we are picking the lacrosse ball up with our right hand, we want to get our right foot nice and close to the ball. Next, get our whole body down and really low. Next, we want to make sure that our back hand is down and low to the ground, it doesn't necessarily have to be on the ground, but very very low.

    Next, when we go to scoop up the ground ball we want to make sure that we are really aggressive, when we scoop through it. Don't try to slowly baby a ball, make sure that you scoop hard and throw just like this. Good job. After you pick up your ground ball, keep running, get your head up and look to make the open pass.

    That's how you pick up a ground ball in lacrosse.