He wouldn’t recruit players that couldn’t pass exceptionally well.
Not every basketball player can play center.
Not every football player can play nose guard.
Lacrosse is special…
Because any player can become a great passer.
It simply requires dedication to your stickwork.
The dedication part is the most difficult...
Most lacrosse players want to eat junk food and play video games… it’s MUCH easier to sit on the couch and wait until tomorrow.
I always say that it’s easier to stay in shape than to get into shape.
(That’s why I’m very adamant about not letting myself get out of shape. It’s too hard to get it back!)
I believe this same theme holds true with your stick skills.
Your stick skills require constant maintenance.
Keeping your stick skills at a high level is easier than getting them back up to par.
It’s not as hard as it sounds.
Let me explain…
Specifically, I want you to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week doing stick work.
Time-blocking 30 minute sessions each day will almost get you there.
(You’ll be at 3.5 hours for the week, and will just need to schedule an additional 30 minutes to achieve the 4 hour goal.)
This will be your warm-up.
Once you get rollin’, the warm-up should only take 10-15 minutes.
Somedays, you’ll simply do the warm-up twice, and you’ll be done.
Other days, I suggest you train your stick skills in motion.
You’ll need a partner for this part, and it will be something you schedule each week.
(This can be addressed when you do your Weekly Plan... another Cal Newport gem.)
On Wednesday afternoon from 3 to 4 pm, you’ll time-block a stick skills session.
3:00 - 3:15 - Stick Magician 1
3:15 - 3:30 - Stick Magician 2
3:30 - 4:00 - Partner passing on the run (nothing but throwing and catching… no shooting in this segment as you’re totally focusing on improving your stick skills.)
This one hour block will satisfy your “long” session for the week.
The other days, you just get outside for 30 minutes and knock out two Stick Magician workouts.
If you go 3 months straight without missing a day, I guarantee you’ll be on your way to becoming a great passer.
If you like playing lacrosse, then this shouldn’t be a hassle.
Plus, once you begin to realize the positive results, you’ll start implementing this process into other parts of your game…
... stuff like your lifts, cardio work, shooting, and other lacrosse related skills.
Not many lacrosse players will take this advice.
A player might get three days in a row, then stop… lose momentum, then be embarrassed to start over.
Don’t fall in the trap!
If some weeks prove difficult to schedule sessions every day, then just aim to get the 4 total hours.
Even if you play other sports, you can find 30 minutes for some lacrosse stickwork.
Coach Starsia will be proud!