Get Back to Basics, Teach Individual Skills with Mobile Coach App

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Lauren Davenport is USA Lacrosse’s Director of Athlete Development and an Assistant Coach at Notre Dame, Maryland University.

The summer holidays are over and the new school year begins. Your players have been resting for the summer, competing in lacrosse tournaments, or doing a mix of both. It’s time for Fall Ball.

Whether or not they play other sports during the fall, there’s no harm in scheduling a handful of sessions to help players shake off the rust and pick up their sticks. Think of fall as a time to get back to basics — individual lacrosse skills — so there isn’t as much regression as the spring 2023 season begins.

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One of my favorite games to get players moving and talking is Have 1, Need 1. Like the other games in the USA Lacrosse Mobile Coach app, it can be modified with many variations based on skill level that are helpful to players . This makes it a great game to kick off the Fall Ball.


This Mobile Coach game features high repetition of individual lacrosse skills – specifically passing, catching, communication and movement. You can change it based on skill level and incorporate additional skills.



Use the center circle – or another area of ​​the field, such as the 8- or 12-yard ungoed arcs – as a boundary. Divide the players into two teams, including the goalkeepers in their kits.

  • Start with no equipment and an exercise ball

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  • Add gear and play with age-appropriate lacrosse rules.

  • If passing and catching are a challenge, play the game with only scooping ground balls.

  • When accuracy is a challenge, have players catch with the racquet and throw underhand with their hand to help their teammate better catch the ball.

  • Add a time limit and competition level to see who can make the most passes and catches in that time frame. Then do another round to see if the players can achieve a personal best.

  • Execute different passes (i.e. left hand only, right hand only, between the legs only, behind the back only, etc.).

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  • Let players catch with one hand, switch and fold with the other.

  • Have players add a dodge before they can pass.

  • Mobile Coach now includes desktop functionality, although some features are still only available through the app. The new version offers advanced search and filtering capabilities based on the athlete’s game, age and developmental stage.

    The app is integrated with USA Lacrosse’s e-learning portal and gives members access to more than 500 online courses.

    Existing Mobile Coach users will either be automatically updated to the new version or prompted to upgrade. New users can browse the Apple or Google app stores and search for USA Lacrosse Mobile Coach. The desktop version can be accessed at

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