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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

Assisted by writer/photographer Yakutchik, Tucker (head coach, women's lacrosse, Johns Hopkins Univ.) shares her expertise in the fundamentals of women's lacrosse and offers a bit more. This book is not a history of the sport, but rather an articulate, well-structured resource on playing and coaching the game. Writing for both players and coaches, Tucker provides excellent explanations and descriptions for individual and team situations and an array of drills for building skills--all supported by numerous photographs. But the book has some shortcomings: it does not discuss controversies surrounding helmets and checking in the head area, and it does not provide information about opportunities in officiating and coaching or links to information on women's lacrosse. Even without these, this book will be welcomed by those involved in this fine sport--as coaches or as players--and its continually changing environment. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; general readers. M. 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