Founded in 2002 Wakefield Youth Lacrosse Association (WYLA) was created to provide the children of Wakefield and its surrounding communities an opportunity to learn and participate in the sport of Lacrosse. The association strives to offer a program that

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                                                           Tips for Team Offense:

  1. An attackman who is under pressure from his defenseman should be given help by his adjacent teammates.
  2. On screened shots the crease man should be prepared to knock his defenseman out of the way in order to get the (possible) rebound.
  3. Your first look after receiving a pass is at the guy who threw it.  He should be cutting to the cage, looking for a give-and-go.  After that, look to the crease for any other cutters, and then to the next man around the outside.
  4. If you receive a pass after cutting and haven't got a good shot, hold onto the ball. There is no sense is wasting the possession; pull the ball out and move it around.
  5. When shooting, aim for where the goalie isn′t.  Corners are preferable, as are bounce shots.  Also, on close up shots, be sure to throw a quick fake before shooting.
  6. After picking up a loose ball, look to the crease.  Chances are there will be some d-men out of position after an unsettled situation.  Use this window of opportunity before they get set up to try and drive to the cage.
  7. Don't dodge if there is an open man. Don't hold the ball long unless you are planning a dodge. Keep it moving with quick, short passes.
  8. Never try to force the ball to the crease while the defense is sloughed in on the men there.  Draw them out first by having every man on offense be a threat, all the time.
  9. Never stand so close together that one man can cover two attack men.  Two men who are close to each other (such as crease men in a 1-4-1) should be constantly working with each other, setting picks, rolling off picks, etc., working to get open and get the ball.
  10. Keep spread on offense: getting bunched up makes the defense′s job easier and cuts down on your room for movement.
  11. Time your cuts so that the man with the ball not only sees you, but has control of the ball and is able to pass it when you are in scoring position.
  12. Make your cuts count.  A single cut can mean several scoring opportunities, so after you′ve made it to the crease (at full-speed and ready to catch and score, of course) you should curl around behind the crease man, looking to lose your man and get open again.
  13. Zig your cuts, fake left - go right, fake right - go left. Don't always run at the same speed, change of pace is a very effective method of getting open.
  14. Every man on the attack should know and be capable of performing at least three different types of dodges.  Practice these as much as possible, because an attackman who cannot take the ball to the hole and score is not nearly as valuable to a team as one who can.
  15. When you lose the ball, ride it hard. A good ride can surprise the defense and take the ball back while they are not set up, giving the attack a shot at an easy goal.
  16. Don′t charge at man while riding; he will simply side step you and then has a clear lane up the field.  The techniques necessary on a ride are the same as those used by the defense against you all game long.
  17. The outcome of a ride is dictated by how bad the attack wants the ball and how hard they are willing to get it.
  18. Always remember that teamwork is the key to a good attack.

Tips for Individual Defense:

  1. Don′t charge at a man with the ball.  Advance on him quickly and aggressively, but under control to make sure he cannot sidestep you and make a move to the goal.
  2. Anticipate passes to your man.  Start moving out to him (under control) so that you are there, pressuring him and on his hands, as soon as he has the ball.  Constant pressure from a defense will force mistakes.
  3. Never take a step into a man while playing him on defense.  The first step you should make when a man comes at you is a drop step, combined with a poke right the man′s stick.
  4. Never cross your feet: if the attackman changes directions you will trip.  Instead, break down with your knees bent and your weight on the balls of your feet and shuffle with him.
  5. When you check, make your check short and hard, making your check across the man's forearm and following through with your body. Never raise your stick high to check.
  6. If a man dodges you, keep after him.  The "hot" slide should stop him, and then you can catch up and take the ball away.
  7. When your team′s offense loses the ball and the opposing team initiates a clear, make sure to shut your attackman off.  If you leave him open he′s an easy outlet for a "cheap" clear, and your attack will have no chance to ride and take back the ball.
  8. If the ball is rolling from towards the midline from the other side of the field, do not allow your man to pick it up.  When the ball gets within 5 yards of you, slap at your man′s stick, use your body to get him away from the ball and flip the ball to a team member (anything you can do to prevent him from getting the ball).  Make sure not to hit from behind and not to go offsides.
  9. When the opposing team clears the ball towards your defensive end you must make sure to drop into the hole as quickly as possible to set up the defense and prepare for a possible fast break.
  10. A. If the ball is out front, and your man is behind the goal, play on the pipe of the cage on the side of the goal your man is on. B. If the ball is behind the goal and your man is behind also although without the ball, go behind with him.
  11. If you ever switch, STAY WITH THAT MAN until your team gets the ball or you have to switch again.  Mid-play switches are unnecessarily risky.
  12. If you are after a loose ball, but your attack man is ahead of you, pressure him and lift/poke his back hand.  Anything you can do to jam him up could result in you coming up with the ball.
  13. When your man throws the ball get back in the hole by opening up your body towards the ball, to make sure you don′t lose track of it.