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The Importance of Ground Balls – Possession!

Posted by Barry Marenberg on February 2, 2011

This is how you attack a ground ball (the Great Zack Greer)!!:

From the moment I started playing lacrosse many years ago, every single coach I have had has endlessly communicated how important it is to master the art of picking up ground balls.  At the early youth level, the ball undoubtedly spends a great deal more time on the ground then in the air and so getting an early start on becoming adept at picking up ground balls (GBs) is a skill that will pay dividends as a lacrosse players career continues.  Even though they may seem like just a small part of the game, ground balls are crucial to both team and individual success in lacrosse. The ability to pick up a ground ball quickly and fluidly is right up there in importance with throwing, catching, and cradling. From the team standpoint, control of ground balls means more possession time and more scoring chances, as well as keeping the ball away from the opponent’s offense.

At the higher levels of lacrosse, the number of GBs a player or a team picks up is a very important statistic.  No coach will ever pass up the opportunity to play a player who is skilled at picking up the GBs.  Controlling the ground ball wars is a great way to give your team the best chance to win the game. The more possessions your team gets, the more likely your chances for victory .

In the below video (click in middle to play), Superstar Paul Rabil demonstrates the perfect technique for scooping up a ground ball:

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