The Skill of Catching a Lacrosse Ball
Moving the ball well is needed to be successful at every level of lacrosse, and players need to be able to catch the lacrosse ball to help their team. Practicing catching lacrosse balls in drills, wall ball, or a friendly toss will assist any lacrosse player in becoming a better player. Catching a lacrosse ball should eventually come as second nature to experienced lacrosse players, but everyone still needs to frequently practice this skill to stay competitive.
More practice means more reps, and Signature Premium lacrosse balls were designed for that very purpose. Our longer-lasting Signature Premium lacrosse balls have the "Signature Difference" that help lacrosse players get the most out of every rep and feel confident in their mechanics. Used by NLL and WPLL pros, Signature Premiums are the trusted choice for quality, safety, and performance to make every lacrosse training session a productive one.
How to Hold a Lacrosse Shaft
When catching a lacrosse ball, your primary hand should be near the top of the lacrosse stick, and your non-dominant hand should be near the butt-end of the lacrosse shaft. This is a much bigger separation between your two hands on your lacrosse stick when catching a lacrosse ball versus when you are throwing a lacrosse ball.
Body Position when Catching a Lacrosse Ball
The key to making the most out of the time you spend practicing is to practice as you play. When playing lacrosse, you should never be standing still or straight up. It's important to be in an athletic stance and move your feet to the ball.
- Make sure you are facing the direction the pass is coming from
- Stand in an athletic stance with your feet shoulder with apart
- When the ball is in flight, move your feet so that the ball comes to you instead of having to catch in an awkward position
When catching a lacrosse ball, you want to keep your stick "in the box" so your teammates have a good target to hit. The location from the top of your helmet to your shoulder is referred to as the box. Make your stick an easy target to identify by keeping it in the box, and then move your feet so that the ball reaches that area every time.
Keys to Catching a Lacrosse Ball
- Do not snap at the lacrosse ball; this will most likely result in the lacrosse ball bouncing off of your lacrosse head. Snapping is when you fling your stick at the ball or try to cradle the ball out of the air.
- Have soft hands and allow your stick to give a little as you receive the lacrosse ball into your lacrosse stick.
- Keep your eye on the lacrosse ball from the time it leaves your teammates stick until it lands in your lacrosse pocket.
- Practice catching a lacrosse ball always and often.
Youth Lacrosse Catching & Indoor Practice
If you don't want to use a regular Signature Premium Lacrosse Ball to practice catching because you are working with youth lacrosse players or practicing inside, our Signature Premium Soft Lacrosse Balls are the perfect choice for you. Our team worked to make the best soft lacrosse ball in the game so our customers can practice catching a lacrosse ball no matter where they are. And at a size that's slightly smaller than a Signature Premium Lacrosse Ball, our Signature Premium Soft Lacrosse Balls help youth lacrosse players boost their confidence and reduce any fear of getting hit with the ball.