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How to Play Lacrosse : Scooping a Ground Ball

This is Tamir Elterman on behalf of expert
village.com and in this clip we will be talking about the ground ball. Once you reach the
ball several motions working in concert to complete the scoop. You bend at the knees
and move your mid section lower to the ground. You then extend the stick head toward the
ball aiming just behind the ball. Your bottom hand also lowers making the stick parallel
to the ground. Many players have difficulty with this movement because they keep the bottom
elbow too high and so the stick is more perpendicular to the ground and parallel. The finishing
motion is the scoop or shovel movement that moves the head of the stick through the ball
and brings the head of the stick up towards your eyes. This should be a fluid motion where
you begin with the head of the stick just behind the ball and continue until the ball
has settled into your pocket. Also the motion of bringing the head of the stick towards
your head allows for the best stick and ball protection and places the stick into the box
area for passing.

David Frank



  1. Elena Kamely Posted on December 2, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    these are good videos i watched them all =]

  2. rogueshdw Posted on February 25, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    hes moving too slow. if u pause to get the ball, yull get hit.

  3. sourfacekid Posted on March 1, 2009 at 11:40 am

    This is easy. Juss scoop like our shoveling dirt, thats what I do and I've only been playing for one day.

    Need to learn much more though.

  4. whenhen Posted on March 22, 2009 at 8:09 am

    Ground balls in men's lax looks to be much easier than women's version

  5. Danny Fortino Posted on May 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    doews the wd in your name stand for waldwick by any chance?

  6. Bradly Kramer Posted on June 26, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    hey im new to lacrosse if anyone had any tips that would be awesome thanks

  7. MrRCOLA Posted on February 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

    He guys i am new to lacrosse well.. i have never played befor any tips for me would really help

  8. MrRCOLA Posted on February 11, 2010 at 7:04 am

    @MrRCOLA ok so.. um what are the positions. all i know about lacrosse is you throw the ball in the the net so i have alot to learn.

  9. fantasticmrfox23 Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    same for me

  10. Miabalzitch Posted on March 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    if you're stationary, don't use this pickup. instead, roll the head of your stick over the ball towards you, and then scoop it up. this creates a force that brings it into your head.

  11. Miabalzitch Posted on March 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    yeah disregard my last comment i wasn't paying attention to what i was saying.

  12. Shafayet Posted on April 24, 2010 at 1:46 am


    If you are large or extremely well built or both, i would suggest playing defense.

    If you have good stamina and sprinting skills, i would suggest midfield

    attackmen are generally those with the best stick skills so if you go on an established team, youre not going to get much playing time as one

  13. ♛ Huffdaddy™ Posted on September 27, 2010 at 4:07 am

    hey question, do people normally try out for sports when they dont know how to play? because i have no idea what to do in lacrosse but i think it looks kewl.

  14. xxxBulldawg99 Posted on February 12, 2012 at 2:49 am

    @bobbybrownja Wight, never rake

  15. Copacetic Virtue Posted on July 28, 2012 at 6:26 am

    crack is whack