Boys' and girls' youth lacrosse, serving Amherst, Mont Vernon and the Souhegan Valley area.

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  1. Make your defender play you and you alone every second you are in the game. Keep moving all the time so that he/she must center his attention on you and not be in a position to help out his/her fellow defender.

  2. In moving the ball around the circle, make all passes sharp, short, and to the outside, away from the defender.

  3. Make feed passes hard.

  4. When you have the ball, never stand still - keep moving all the time - if necessary run backwards and forwards - but keep moving. When you are ready to make a pass, take one step back quickly and move.

  5. All feed passes must be thrown directly overhand or underhand - not sidearm.

  6. Always move to meet every pass, and circle away from your defender.

  7. When you have the ball, be constantly faking passes - keep your defender's stick moving.

  8. When in possession of the ball, make the defender play your stick - watch his/her stick - the position of it will determine the direction of your feed and the type of dodge you might try.

  9. Take pains to make every pass good.

  10. Never make a pass to a teammate who is covered just to get rid of the ball.

  11. If an attacker is being ridden hard and can't dodge or get away - the nearest teammate on each side goes to help him/her.

  12. On all long shots, an attacker must be on the crease.

  13. After receiving a pass, as the ball moves around the outside, look first at the teammate who threw you the ball to see what he/she is doing, then at the crease.

  14. If you receive a pass after cutting and haven't got a good shot, hold onto the ball.

  15. Place all shots, usually for a far corner, and shoot hard. When within five yards of the goal, the shot should be for a top corner.

  16. After picking up a loose ball, turn and face the crease immediately. If nobody is open, move in fast until you are picked up.

  17. Don't dodge if there is an open teammate. Don't hold the ball long unless you are planning a dodge. Keep it moving with quick, short passes.

  18. Always be in a position to back up shots and feeds. When a cut is made, or a shot is taken, the whole attack must play a part, moving to be in a position to backup a pass or a shot. Control the ball!

  19. Never try to force in, with the ball or by a pass, if the defense is drawn in. Pull them out first.

  20. Never stand so close together that one defender can cover two attackers

  21. When there is a loose ball on the ground, go after it fast and hard, you must have the ball!

  22. Always keep your field balanced in order that you stay in better position to back up, and give your teammates space to work in.

  23. Shoot plenty, but only if you feel you have a good shot.

  24. Always have one, preferably two, attackers behind the goal to back up shots.

  25. Time your cuts, don't cut if the teammate with the ball is not watching or not in position to pass.

  26. Make full cuts - go through and out - don't cut at half speed or hang around the crease after your cut.

  27. Zig your cuts, fake left - go right, fake right - go left. Don't always run at the same speed, change of pace is a very effective method of getting open.

  28. After the ball has been cleared, if you have a wide open opportunity to dodge, do it, or if you are sure a teammate is open, pass to him/her, otherwise settle the ball down and let your attack get set up. Remember, after a clear the midfielders will need time to catch their breath. Middies rest on offense, not defense, Control The Ball!

  29. Everyone on the attack should try at least two dodges every game. Learn at least three different types of dodges.

  30. When you lose the ball, ride it. The close attack must ride and ride hard until the ball is past midfield.

  31. Don't rush at an opponent when riding - particularly behind the goal. Force him/her to pass - force him in the direction where there is help. Talk all the time and run hard. The success of an attack depends on their riding ability and their desire to have the ball.

  32. Always remember that teamwork is the key to a good attack.