Lacrosse – Throwing and Catching

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Lacrosse expert Andy Corno demonstrates how to throw and catch a lacrosse 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 Leader's Lacrosse Camps, Clinics and Private Lessons, here to show you the game of lacrosse.

    This part, we are going to be talking about how to throw and catch. First and foremost, when you throw and catch, you want to make sure that you are holding the lacrosse stick properly. When you move to throw you want to have your top hand in the middle of the stick, bottom hand close to the bottom. If you are beginner you can choke up just a little bit that will help you out, but if you are intermediate players, holding that to top hand up in the middle of the lacrosse stick and that bottom hand down on the bottom, will make you a better thrower. When we catch it's very important that we have our hands nice and soft when we receive the pass and also a good tip for you beginners is to hold our top hand up close to the throat of the stick. When we catch the lacrosse ball, having it close to the throat of the stick, allows you to use your hand to guide the ball into the stick. When you go to throw, you are going to need to drop the hand down to about the middle to throw the lacrosse ball.

    Also, when we are throwing the ball, have your elbow up and stick behind your head. That will make you a better thrower. Now, that I have explained how to throw and catch, I am going to demonstrate for you. Notice, when Billy and I have a catch. I have my lacrosse stick straight up and down and in front of my face and give with it as I received the pass. Billy does the same. Also after I catch it, I bring the ball back behind my head, drop my hand to about the middle of the stick, raise my elbow and release the pass. Again, stick is straight up and down, when receive the lacrosse ball. A lot of beginners when they try and catch, they try and catch the ball on its way down and often times with the lacrosse stick straight like this.

    Watch, what happens. Very hard to catch like that, we want to make sure that we hold the stick straight up and down when we catch and get with it, dropping the hand to throw.

    Those are the basic fundamentals to throwing and catching in lacrosse.