a lacrosse stick

Cradle

Cradling is the most important part of lacrosse. It is also the easiest thing to learn. If you don't cradle then it is enormously easier for opponents to knock the ball out of your stick and make you look silly. The centrifical force of moving your wrists up and down keeps the ball safe from defenders.

Throw

Throwing the lacrosse ball is just like throwing a baseball, but the stick is your arm. Simply stagger your hands down on the stick and step to where you want to throw it. After a few minutes/hours/days of practicing, you should be throwing like a champion. You can even practive your shot if you get good at passing. Shooting is just like passing but with alot more velocity.

Catch

In order to catch the ball, you must keep your eyes on the ball. It may take some time to get good, as with any player in any sport, practice makes perfect. Remember not to try and snap at the ball with your stick, watch thte ball into your stcik while moving the stick head back to accomodate the ball. It takes a while to get used to your stick, and by that time you won't even have to think about throwing or catching. A good way to practice catching is to throw the ball against a wall and play catch with yourself.

Ground Balls

Picking up a ground ball is an art form of lacrosse. The cardinal rules are not to scoop the ball with one hand- always scoop with both hands on the stick- and not to "rake" the ball. The trusted method of getting low and scooping through the ball is much more reliable and is a smarter move in most game situations where you would not have time to rake or scooping with one hand leaves the stick very vulnerable to checks.