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FOULS CROSS CHECKING


WHAT IS IT? A player may not check his opponent with that part of the


handle of the stick between the player’s hands…either thrusting away from the body or holding it extended from the


body.


WHEN Defender uses the shaft of his stick between his hands against the body of an opponent


WHERE anywhere on the field


WHO usually a defensive player trying to stop or redirect an opponent WHY dangerous and can cause injury


FUNDAMENTALS


HEAD Keep head up when playing defense to best see the opponent. Focus on the player’s hips and center of his body.


HANDS Keep both hands closed and together on the stick during contact.


DEVELOPMENTAL


CROSS CHECKING is illegal at all levels of field lacrosse.


Moving the feet and maintaining full body control is essential to good fundamental defense.


The need to keep both hands together on the stick when making contact with an opponent must be taught, drilled, and reinforced.


LEGS Bend knees and stay in a low


athletic position. Make contact above waist and below shoulder with body.


FEET Move feet and use body position to angle opponent away from the goal.


PLAY SAFE


Never check a player near his head or neck.


Initiate contact well below the shoulder to avoid riding up into the head and neck area.


Play defense with both hands on your stick at all times. Hands should be close together on the stick with no exposed shaft between them.


In addition to keeping hands together, a defender should have his bottom hand at the butt end of his stick.


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