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How to Play Lacrosse : Face Offs in Lacrosse

Hi! This is Tamir Elterman on behalf of expertvillage.com
and in this clip we will be talking about the face off. The face off starts the action
at the beginning of the game, each quarter, half and after each goal is scored. Face off,
the basic stance. A player begins a face off by gripping the stick with his right hand
at the top of the stick, even may be up as high as the plastic of the head. Your left
hand grip several inches from the end of the shaft. You want to squat with your feet, shoulder
width apart and balance on the balls of your feet. This position will help you maintain
balance and power and allow you to move quickly once the whistle blows. The head of the stick
should be placed about an inch away from the ball with a narrow part of the head in line
with the ball. For the face off, right and left handed players hold the stick the same
way. The clamp, this is the most basic move for winning possession. On the whistle, you
want to roll your wrists toward the ball and use the head of the stick to trap the ball
underneath. Once this move is completed you can use a sweeping motion to pull the ball
away from your opponent to one of your wing players to open space.

David Frank



  1. Jahn Alexander Posted on January 27, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    his top hand is backwards

  2. denren Posted on January 31, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    use a sweeping motion to sweep the ball and hit myself in the foot. greeeeeat

  3. Muttt13 Posted on March 5, 2008 at 3:47 am

    now see, i don't usually do face offs, im usually on the restraining line, but our coachs asked if anyone wanted to try to be the face off specialist. The only thing i dont know are SPECIFIC rules for high school face offs so that i dont get an infraction

  4. Maxwell McKinnon Posted on March 18, 2008 at 3:20 am

    you can hold it in any position you want as long as its comfortable and works for you. and you cant be touching the head.

  5. Yash Singh Posted on April 10, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    No , you have to get lower than that

  6. allmusician5 Posted on May 23, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    why don't you or some of these other people put videos up then? That'd be really great, because I am trying to learn how to play and it would be great if there were proper videos up. he also never talks about the balls position in the net/head thing. Sorry, I really don't know anything.

  7. tyler fhy Posted on July 14, 2008 at 2:36 am

    i just decccc the guy in front of me n get the ball i think that the esay

  8. kanyetothe Posted on March 16, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    no you don't i thought that when i started taking them in liek 8th grade but you can just get pretty low, it depends on what you wanna do. for example if the guy is really big i dont want to get al the way to the ground and be very low i wanna get the ball out cause im faster and its faster when crouching rather than kneeling.

  9. cathrice15 Posted on March 22, 2009 at 9:19 am

    keep your hands light, set up the exact same way every time, and always mix up your moves

    as a FOGO, when i see the stick bend like that, you know its going to be a clamp

  10. stupid idiot Posted on March 23, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    you dont need one knee down? wtf?

  11. Patrick Colleton Posted on April 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    this kid sucks at lax. all his videos are shit.
    hes so heavy on his hands it would be so easy to jam him or lazer it

  12. BuffaloWarrior7 Posted on May 8, 2009 at 1:25 am

    its basically when you flick it out to one of the wings

  13. Siwon Kim Posted on May 15, 2009 at 4:08 am

    but the problem for the clamp is that smart players just go around you to the back…smartie…

  14. Andy Padilla Posted on June 18, 2009 at 1:45 am

    the best way to face off is to actually have your bottom hand, left or right, directly in the center of your shaft so that you can move your stick to shut down the other player and to move the ball how you would like

  15. Adam Maiale Posted on August 8, 2009 at 3:19 am

    his tips were correct… how shuld ur stance be if not like that?

  16. REDCHICKEN60 Posted on March 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    On the stick…

  17. Dylan Maher Posted on April 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    hey guys, i play lacrosse and i have a question. i'm the middy and i always do faceoff. but when the ref blows the whistle i wont go for the ball, ill fire off and really just block the other guy down the field so he can't get the ball and then the side middys come up and get the ball easily. the other coach said this is illegal? is it? please respond to me

  18. Kelsey Sumner Posted on May 15, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    @superbowlchamp29 ya its legal i do it all the time

  19. Andrew Hinton Posted on May 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    @LAXplaya2197 ok you were right about those points and he was doing everything wrong but holy shit learn to spell

  20. Connor Davis Posted on May 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    i know how to play lacrosse now stop making videos

  21. SHYSHILLY Posted on May 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

    nice shitty ass head.. looks like fucking rubber, btw this guy dosnt know shit bout a face off

  22. dd sill Posted on June 5, 2011 at 2:51 am

    @SHYSHILLY haha tru

  23. EPIC CLAN Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm