Quickness is a must on while facing off, but a player also needs to be strong to take control of the battle.
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The last time the NCAA tried to install some college lacrosse face off rule changes, the face off community reacted with a focused passion, and some of the rules (no motorcycle grip for example) were not adopted. Now, the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has provided an updated set of recommended changes, and the face off community has once again mobilized to combat the proposed changes.
This is is rising 9th grade face-off specialist, Thomas Washington. Thomas is only heading in to his 9th grade year but the video shows his highlights from the 2014 Varsity HS Season at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN. This kid can ball.
The jam is effective because most F/O men have very flexible heads and can be used as a great counter move for the clamp.
This is the best “one man show” high school lacrosse goal we’ve seen in a LONG time! Westminster’s Bryan Smith (#27) takes the face off, fights for the GB, wins it to himself, and then takes it to the rack. It’s sheer beauty in action!
I got to know Julian Maliszewski at this year’s Ales Hrebesky Memorial, and I asked this dominant face off man why he used a traditional pocket. We got to talking, and I wasn’t shocked to find out that Julian knew a lot about the art of leather and string, so I sent him some questions about his pocket, and face off guys using traditional, and Julian crushed out some awesome answers. He also sent over some photos of the heads and pockets he uses.
One of my favorite things about teaching the fundamentals of face-offs is that the improvement can happen instantly. Eventually it’s the little things that separate good face-off men from great face-off men.
Far too often, the grinders get no respect in the world of sport! To remedy this situation, we’re highlighting the offensive play, the defensive play, and now, the face off play from the 2014 Ales Hrebesky Memorial box lacrosse tournament from the Czech Republic!
Lacrosse does have some issues, but almost all of them can be fixed with ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: Limit roster sizes to less than 20 player and you will see a change. I’ve seen it happen before, and it can happen again. We can keep tinkering with the rules, and distancing our game from its original inception, OR we can limit roster sizes and let the players play. It really is a simple choice.
Connor attempts to string up a Pita Pocket specifically designed for use on face offs. What will he change? Why will he change it? Traditional Thursday is back with a great stringing post for you.
Faceoffs are a huge part of lacrosse, and finding the right equipment to get the job done can be a challenge. I approached Connor Wilson with the idea of reviewing college legal heads, specifically for faceoffs, and he was on board, knowing how important this aspect of the game can be. I’m hoping you find this resource to be useful!
UNC’s RG Keenan won the face off in overtime against Hopkins, took the ball down the middle, and lifted UNC to an 11-10 OT win over Hop. The goal has been memorialized in the ACC’s Must See Moments of 2013, and you can help vote lacrosse to the top here.
Between The Faceoff Academy’s national showcase and Adrenaline’s upcoming Faceoff Challenges, we’ve been talking a lot about face offs the past few days. For this week’s Forum Friday, we’re continuing the trend. Our poster isn’t new to lacrosse, but he is new to facing off, and he needs our help to answer his face off questions.
Stephen Cuccurullo of the Tenacious Turtles wins a face off clamp, pulls the ball out with one hand, and goes behind his back to keep possession. I am pretty sure I couldn’t do that! The ref is in the way, but the video should be slow enough where you can see the action. Pretty insane stuff from a kid who is still quite a few years away from playing in college.
Greg Gurenlian drops knowledge on us when it comes to selecting the best head for taking face offs. He’s got no brand bias, and gives you the two KEY characteristics you want in any head, if you want to be dominant at the X…