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Winning lacrosse for girls
Swissler, Becky.
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New York : Facts On File/Checkmark Books, [2004]

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xvi, 192 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV989.15 .S95 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
GV989.15 .S95 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This work teaches new players entering the sport of lacrosse each year its basic skills, strategies and drills. Eleven chapters cover the history of the game, the basics of stick handling, the rules of play, passing and receiving, offence and defence, key strategies, skills and tactics and more.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-The cover photo of a girl outfitted in a traditional pleated kilt and catching a ball with an outdated wooden stick belies the modern and timely instruction held within this book's pages. Well organized, clear, and concise, this guide begins with the basics that every player should know, but also delves into crucial team-related concepts, such as zone defense, offensive sets, and team transitional drills. Couching her teachings between two bookends-that of the history of the game and conditioning drills appropriate for the all-around lacrosse player-the author begins with fundamental one-on-one skills. Accurate (albeit black-and-white) pictures accompany the instruction in a logical and clear fashion. Swissler addresses progressively higher level concepts for every position on the field from the first attacker all the way back to the goalkeeper, and sprinkles the text with thoughtful comments from coaches practicing at all levels of competition. In the more team-oriented sections, the "X and O" diagrams complement the descriptions, making the concepts easy to grasp, and hence ideal for the beginning coach; the author also offers new and helpful ways of talking about these concepts for those who are more seasoned. This guide has been sorely needed for years, especially since this game is currently one of the fastest growing sports in our country, particularly for girls, and particularly at the youth level, and one that is changing, due to recent rule changes and the influence of the boys' game.-Kelly Berner Richards, St. George's School, Newport, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The number of high school and youth teams playing lacrosse has increased 65 percent in the past decade, making lacrosse the fastest growing team sport in the United States. Thousands of new players enter the sport each year. Winning Lacrosse for Girls is the only comprehensive guide to lacrosse for girls. The rules for girls' lacrosse are decidedly different than those for boys' lacrosse. The game is played on a field with no boundaries, body checking is prohibited, and a shallow pocket stick (as opposed to a deep pocket stick) is used, among other variations. Winning Lacrosse for Girls teaches the game's basic skills, strategies, and drills and how to master them. Chapters cover the history of the game, the basics of stick handling, the rules of play, passing and receiving, offense and defense, key strategies, skills and tactics, conditioning, and much more. Approximately 75 photographs and 10 diagrams provide a visual accompaniment to the clear, easy-to-read text. Winning Lacrosse for Girls is an all-in-one, comprehensive resource for players, coaches, and parents who want to improve their understanding of the game. Excerpted from Winning Lacrosse for Girls by Becky Swissler All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.