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Day: Tuesday

Date: April 11

Practice # 1




STATION (10 Min/Station)






1. Holding the Stick

1.  How to grip the stick

2.  Hand Position

3.  Triple Threat Position (Can catch, throw or cradle)

1. Sticks horizontal

    a.  Bottom hand near the end of the handle – palm facing down

    b.  Bottom hand grip using fingers (rather than palm)

    c.  Top hand grips the stick about 18 in above bottom hand (waist width)

    d. Top hand grip using fingers – palm facing up

2.  Define Triple Threat Position

    a.  Head about a foot above the shoulder,

    b.  Head about foot and a half behind front shoulder

    c.  Wide of the ear

    d.  Front elbow pointing away from the body; Back elbow pointing down 




2.  Cradling

1.  Sprint with the ball (no instruction)

2.  Two-handed front cradle (spring with the ball cradling - horizontal)


1. Compare front cradle to dumbbell curl (Define - Centrifugal Force)

2.  Top hand mechanics / elbow up / curl wrist




3.  Stick Protection

No sticks or Gloves: Game of keep away with one pinney tucked into strong-side hip


1.  Focus on “shoulder, shoulder, arm” concept

2.  Let the kids go a couple of times before introducing the concept




4.  Ground Balls

1.  No Sticks:  Fill the bucket

2.  W/ Sticks:  Fill the bucket

Team Game: line up teams on opposite side of a zone – pick up as many balls (one at a time) bring back to base (5 push ups to loser).





5.  Throwing

1.  No sticks or Gloves: Play Catch (15’)

2.  Sticks and Gloves: Play Catch (15’)

1.  Focus on elements of throwing mechanics

2.  Same body motions as throwing a baseball

3.  Push – pull hand motion




6.  Catching

1.  No Sticks or Gloves: Play Catch (15’)

2. Thrower No Stick or Glove: Play Catch (15’)

Like trying to catch a water balloon -

1.  Turn opposite shoulder toward thrower – target out front of ear

2.  Top hand – near the neck for more control


What did we learn?

Home work:  50 cradles strong hand; 50 cradles weak hand

Need to allow time for drink breaks between skills.