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Introduce the skill


Demonstrate the skill


Explain the skill


Attend to players practicing the skill



Introduce the Skill - Gather your players together, make sure your players can hear and see you, and most importantly, make sure you have their attention. 


  1. Capture their attention with a story that relates to the skill they are just about to learn or with a quick contest. For ext the skill correctly. 


  1. Once you have their attention, introduce the skill by naming it, and most importantly, explaining the importance of the skill as it relates to the game. If a skill does not have meaning to a player, he or she will not understand how it will make him or her become a better lacrosse player.


Demonstrate the Skill - Repeated demonstration will increase players' retention. Again, make sure all players can SEE and HEAR you. Demonstrate the skill with both hands, but also from different angles so each player can easily follow your demonstration. 


Explain the Skill - While you are slowly demonstrating the skill, verbally explain what you are doing with your hands, feet, body, and stick. 


  1. Young players have short attention spans, so only spend a few minutes explaining the skills before allowing the players to practice it. 


  1. You can check how much your players have learned by asking them to walk you through performing the skill. Pick one or two players to demonstrate the skill in front of the group. 


Attend to Players Practicing the Skill - The next step is to attend to players while they are practicing the skill. It is important to get an idea of what your players retained from your lesson. This will help you structure future lessons and will allow you to get an idea of what is most important to communicate to your players. 


  1. Allow your players to practice the skill individually or with a partner.


  1. Walk around and physically guide the players that need help, keeping in mind that your positive reinforcement will help players better learn the skill. 


  1. You can ask each player questions about the skill he or she is performing to get an idea of how much they retained from your lesson.