Beginners Lesson 1: The Cradle
The cradle is the first skill that a player will learn in lacrosse. If a player can perform a tight cradle, they will be able to protect the ball from a defender.
It is important that the player can run as well as cradle. At the beginner level, a player who can run and cradle efficiently can score a lot of goals!
Make sure that the players are using both the top and bottom hands. You don't want it to look like a windscreen wiper! Move from hip to hip around the body keeping the stick vertical.
You would expect pupils to be able to carry the ball and protect it from their defender by the end of the lesson. The cradle protects the ball from the opponent.
This would be the first lesson you would teach in lacrosse, so don't expect everyone to pick things up straight away.