Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many players are finding themselves spending a significant amount of their time practicing alone in response to stay-at-home orders. Even if players weren’t being cooped up without practice partners, there are multiple types of gear and training aids that every player should have to make sessions more productive.
Invest in a case of lacrosse balls. Lost balls are inevitable during practice and buying a sufficient number of balls will ensure the ability to practice throughout any season.
Sometimes called wobble cushions, the inflatables are often used for rehabilitation therapy but they’re equally appropriate for lacrosse players. They’re strong and durable enough for individuals to stand on, providing a “wobbly” surface that’s effective for enhancing balance, body control, and building core muscles. A stronger core helps players with balance, stability, and faster shots on the field.
The jump rope has been a staple for prizefighter training routines and it’s equally beneficial for lacrosse players to improve footwork, speed, and agility.
Agile footwork is just one of the skills lacrosse players need to excel in. A lacrosse ladder can help with that to improve dodging, speed, agility, and coordination. The ladders also help build all the lower body muscles for acceleration.
A set of mini hurdles is highly portable and can be taken anywhere for a practice session. They’re advantageous for improving coordination and speed.
Practice shooting the ball into the goal from different angles for greater control. It’s also a good way to save on lost balls.
Players will spend a lot of time practicing wall ball, but in the absence of a wall or a partner a rebounder is the next best thing. The elasticized material in the center of the frame enables balls to bounce back at speed for practicing ball handling and improving reactions.
Weighted Vests & Parachutes
Both are good for increasing resistance for building strength, stamina, endurance and overall muscle.