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Women's lacrosse : a guide for advanced players and coaches
Tucker, Janine, author.
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Updated edition.
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, in association with U.S. Lacrosse, 2014.
Physical Description:
viii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
The creator's game, re-created -- The complete player -- The coach -- The game -- Lacrosse survival skills -- Individual offensive skills -- Individual defensive skills -- The art of checking -- The draw -- Team offense -- Team defense -- Goalkeeping / with Trish Dabrowski and Laurie Tortorelli -- Effective practices -- Off-season strategies / with Chris Endlich -- Recruiting.
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GV989.15 .T834 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Women's lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. As stick technology advances, athleticism increases, and rules and regulations adapt, even the most experienced players and coaches need to keep current on all aspects of the game. Janine Tucker, head women's lacrosse coach at Johns Hopkins University, and Maryalice Yakutchik, a writer and former lacrosse player, here supply the ultimate guide to women's lacrosse.

Each chapter provides a detailed explanation of a specific skill or technique, illustrated with easy-to-read instructional diagrams and photographs. Coach Tucker begins with lacrosse survival skills--throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping ground balls--and then moves on to more advanced techniques, such as precise checking, fast footwork, correct stick and body position, deceptive shooting, and quick dodges. Chapters on cutting-edge offensive and defensive strategy and on specialized skills, such as goal-tending and the draw, will get any team ready to hit the field.

Fully updated, this edition includes
* Detailed skill instruction
* Drill suggestions throughout the book
* New rules regarding the center draw and running through the crease

For young women who want to play at the college level, the concluding chapter on recruiting offers a timeline; testimony from players, parents, and college coaches who have been through the process; and a sample résumé. Highlighting the most current strategies and tactics in the game today, Women's Lacrosse is a comprehensive instructional guide for coaches and players at all levels.

Author Notes

Janine Tucker has been the head coach of the Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse team since 1993.
Maryalice Yakutchik is a full-time writer and photographer.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Tucker, who is head coach of Johns Hopkins women's lacrosse, shares her expertise in fundamentals of coaching collegiate women's lacrosse. This reviewer found minimal evidence to substantiate the claim of "updated revision" of the book (1st ed., CH, Nov'08, 46-1550). Tucker groups drills by offense, defense (individual and team), and goaltenders, with an emphasis on skill development. The chapter on coaches' roles and responsibilities focuses mostly on field activities. Though there have been a number of rule changes in women's lacrosse, the author provides little discussion of the pros and cons of the various issues and concerns in the sport. These concerns include the increased physicality of the game, the move to protective eye gear, and the split in the women's lacrosse community regarding helmets. As mentioned in the review of the first edition, this book could have been enhanced by providing information about opportunities in officiating and coaching and links to information on women's college lacrosse. The book remains one of the better resources on drills for competitive women's lacrosse, but this edition should be acquired only by those who do not own the first. --Mila C. Su, Plattsburgh State University of New York

Table of Contents

Trish Dabrowski and Laurie TortorelliChris Endlich
Introduction: Women's Lacrosse-The Cutting Edgep. vii
Key to Symbols in Diagramsp. viii
1 The Creator's Game, Re-createdp. 1
2 The Complete Playerp. 5
3 The Coachp. 14
4 The Gamep. 20
5 Lacrosse Survival Skillsp. 31
6 Individual Offensive Skillsp. 49
7 Individual Defensive Skillsp. 68
8 The Art of Checkingp. 84
9 The Drawp. 93
10 Team Offensep. 105
11 Team Defensep. 130
12 Goalkeepingp. 144
13 Effective Practicesp. 160
14 Off-Season Strategiesp. 175
15 Recruitingp. 210
Indexp. 225