Small Ball Lacrosse – The Wave Of The Future For Developing Young Lacrosse Athletes

This video is a hockey arena modeled for adult players to the scale of what a regulation arena looks like to an 8 years and under hockey player.  It is quite humorous to watch these adults play on this giant hockey rink (especially the giant goals), but it is also a great example of why USA Hockey reduced the size of the arena and number of players for youth players.

US Lacrosse for 2017, perhaps inspired by USA hockey, changed their recommendations for a smaller modified field and format with less players and a non-positional approach that is more like full court basketball.  Not having young developing lacrosse players confined to attack, midfield, and defense, keeps players more engaged and overall facilitates more touches of the ball.

This “everyone is a middie” approach is doable on a smaller field and what we will begin to see is faster stick skill development and lacrosse IQ.  I am absolutely thrilled that the youth lacrosse club that I preside over took the plunge to adopt new US Lacrosse recommendations.

The Canadians have maintained and edge over US players because weather always forced them off the field and indoors for much of the year to play in indoor arenas much smaller than the 110 x 60 yard lacrosse field.  This 5 v 5 style of lacrosse called “box” lacrosse has facilitated passing and catching in tighter spaces, feeding into smaller windows, and precision shooting. Shortening up the field and reducing the number of players will likely accomplish these goals in a relatively similar fashion.

Dr. Roger Welton is a practicing veterinarian and well regarded media personality through a number of tpics and platforms.  In addition to being passionate about integrative veterinary medicine for which he is a nationally renowned expert, Dr. Welton was also an accomplished college lacrosse player and remains to this day very involved in the sport.  He is president of Maybeck Animal Hospital , runs the successful veterinary/animal health  blogs Web-DVM and Dr. Roger’s Holistic Veterinary Care, and fulfills his passion for lacrosse through his lacrosse and sport blog, The Creator’s Game.

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