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Face Off Tips for Beginners

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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.

kdonsky6 posted the following:

I have played defense/LSM in middle school/high school for about 5 years, and this fall I decided I needed to step up and take face-offs because no one else on my team could win any and I am pretty good at getting GBs. In practice against my team I won about every single won because I am okay at getting a basic clamp and picking up the ball, but during the first game I tried facing off I never really won the clamp, but still picked up the ball a few times. So is there a certain strategy or fancy move to use when facing off with a long pole that gives you an advantage, or is it all skill? Also, is it better to put your knees on the ground when you face-off, because I usually stayed low on my feet. I think the reason why I was losing was because I wasn’t low enough down, but doesn’t being on your knees give you less of an athletic advantage? I think jamming the other guy helps to prevent them from clamping the ball, right? I am not sure how to do that though. Is there a difference between lasering and jamming?

Well as you can probably tell I am pretty clueless about facing off and will appreciate any advice you guys have. Hopefully come springtime we’ll have a face off middie, but I will keep practicing just in case I am needed, so I hope you guys can help my team get the ball a few times this year.

Now I’m no expert at facing off, but I’m sure that many of our readers know a thing or two about it! Help our poster out by commenting in the original post!