US Lacrosse has developed a series of videos, presented in partnership with MedStar Health, showcasing age-appropriate activities that individuals can do on their own, or with the help of their parents, in a virtual clinic setting to improve their skills.

“The purpose is to focus on the skills based on the physical literacy needs and developmental needs of the players in accordance with our core values of our framework for athlete development,” said Lauren Davenport, manager of athlete development for US Lacrosse.

Leading the virtual clinics are a mixture of individuals affiliated with US Lacrosse.

  • Rick Burton, US Lacrosse Coach Development Program trainer and Sankofa clinician
  • Matt DaSilva, US Lacrosse Magazine editor-in-chief
  • Sarah Forrest, US Lacrosse Northeast regional manager
  • Gabe Fowler, US Lacrosse Pacific Southwest regional manager
  • Joanna Lignelli, US Lacrosse Coach Development Program master trainer

While the basic premise of some of the skills are the same, the way they are taught and the level of difficulty has been geared towards the respective age groupings.

“In the cradling and stick protection videos, for grades K-2 and 3-5, the game is The Great Lax Adventure and incorporates some storytelling to engage the imagination,” Davenport said. As you get to grades 6-8 and 9-12, the obstacle course becomes fitness related and adding elements such as changing levels and dodging. Each age group worked on the same task, an obstacle course to help with cradling and stick protection, all while accomplishing each task in ways they could be successful based on their age and skill level. Most importantly, each activity can be adjusted in creative ways so that players can develop skills with what they have available to them—all the while having fun.

Here's a sample of one of the sessions from the grade 3-5 segment on catching.

3-5 Catching from US Lacrosse on Vimeo.

“Lastly, don't be afraid to use games from other age groups to help your athletes. Make games and skill work relevant to your players based on their needs.”

Click here to see the entire set of videos.

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