Lacrosse implements fresh new system of practicing

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Natasha Dardashti multimedia editor

An extraordinary system is in place for all lacrosse players currently in conditioning, which will hopefully lead to a more successful season in the spring. As of two weeks ago, boys lacrosse coach Kyle Kobe found himself administering a unique system in which players text, Snapchat or email a video of themselves playing wall ball to him for a grade. Both Kobe and lacrosse players are hopeful that this particular technique will help the team sharpen fundamental skills.

Wall ball is a timeless form of practice in which lacrosse players throw a ball against a wall and catch it. This hones the skill of throwing and catching in one action, without need for a partner.

“Wall ball is a proven tool to become a better lacrosse player,” Kobe said. “If you can pass and catch better, then you’re gonna have fewer turnovers, [and] you’re gonna have more scoring opportunities.”

However, the new system was not an idea created by Kobe. He credits the invention of this type of “homework” to last year’s JV boys assistant coach, Bill Gallagher.

“He [Gallagher] was the assistant to the JV boys team and he was more familiar with Snapchat than myself. I probably would have never thought of the idea,” Kobe said.

Team members hope their skill level will also improve due to this new implementation.

“The basis of lacrosse is being able to pass and catch, and this [system of Snapchatting wall ball] will help us do that,” girls lacrosse defense captain Sarabeth Tansey said.

The players’ lack of skill was the direct reason for Kobe’s implementation. He hopes that by forcing players to engage in wall ball, their rudimentary skills may improve, leading to more wins.

“A lot of the players on the team are inexperienced,” three year lacrosse veteran Amit Geffner said. “What Kobe’s trying to do is help them gain more [skill]. It’s basically muscle memory.”

Players also hope that by improving individually, their teamwork will improve as a whole.

“I feel like it’s a way of getting us to…hone our skills to make us better individually, because if we’re better individually then the team grows as a whole,” JV player Sam Bernstein said.

 

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