How to Get the Most out of a Lacrosse Face-Off

Be prepared both mentally and physically when you step up for a face-off. Lacrosse pro Jeremy Thompson explains how he took his face-off skills to the next level.

Winning a face-off can be a momentum-building part of lacrosse. Getting that first possession could lead to a score and an early lead for your team. But you need to put a lot of work in to master this skill.

When getting ready to go face-to-face with your opponent, start by getting one of your hands as close as you can to the stick’s neck near the head. That will help you get better control. Place your other hand in the middle of the stick.

Make sure you keep a wide stance during the face-off — if you don’t, you could easily get pushed over. A good stance could give you a physical advantage. Try to stay light on your feet and hands as you get into position. It’s important to stay focused as well — avoid all distractions and concentrate on the task at hand.

You can practice your face-off in a dark room. Get into face-off position and practice the actual motion, getting a feel for how to perform this skill. It may take many repetitions a day to improve, but this drill is designed to help improve your ability.

Continuously working on your face-off positioning is important. Repetition can be key in taking your game to the next level.