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2019 MANSFIELD WALL BALL CHALLENGE

 

The wall ball challenge is offered as an incentive for boys to practice on their own.  This can be accomplished either at home with a lacrosse bounce back; at the lacrosse wall next to the high school; or during free gym sessions this winter.

 

Boys should always practice with their gloves. (helmet optional at parents discretion).  They will be required to wear their gloves in the video’s submitted for the challenge.

 

The Wall Ball challenge is being offered to boys in grades 2nd through 8th.  For 2019 we are offering two reward levels.  Rewards will be offered to boys able to complete the challenge and consist of free helmet stickers. 

 

 

The Standard “M” logo will be offered to those able to complete Level 1 for their respective grade level.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Hornet “M” logo will be offered to those able to complete Level 2.

 

 

ONLY one set of helmet stickers will be provided free of charge this year.  While video submissions can made beginning in January 2019 to my email (Hogencamp11@GMAIL.com), we will not be placing orders for stickers until March 16th, 2019.  If your son is able to pass level 1, we suggest holding onto that specific video and have them work towards passing level 2.

 

To successfully pass these challenges, boys will have to practice outside of normal practice hours.  Very few boys will be able to pass initially without practice, however should they choose to participate and put in practice time on their own, I would expect all to be able to pass Level 1 by the end of our Spring season.  For those slightly more advanced I would strongly recommend that they opt to pass the level 2 challenge. (Still too Easy for Level 2?  Have them work to achieve and pass higher grade level requirements.)

 

This particular challenge will consist of 5 different drills, all of which should be done from 6-7 feet distance from the Wall(or bounce back).  The levels (1 & 2) differ only on the number of repetitions (catches) required for each drill in a 1-minute timeframe.  Dropped passes are allowed, however drops must be limited to meet the repetition requirements.  It is strongly recommended to have a few extra balls close by when shooting the video submission.  PLEASE, do not submit the video unless all drill requirements have been met accordingly.

 

Drills

 

1)      Two-Handed Pass Right/Catch Right (Half cradle required between throws)

 

2)      Two-Handed Pass Left/Catch Left (Half cradle required between throws)

 

3)      One-Handed Pass Right/Catch Right (Half cradle required between throws)

 

4)      One-Handed Pass Left/Catch Left (Half cradle required between throws)

 

5)      Split Dodge:

a.       Pass Right/Catch Right

 

b.       Switch Hands

 

c.       Pass Left/Catch Left

 

d.       Switch Hands

 

 

Technique (Pointers)

For the two-handed challenge, make sure they are perpendicular to the wall when throwing/catching.  NOT facing the wall directly, as this will result in passes coming back on the wrong side of their body.  (The below video will offer proper technique here.) The top hand should be up next to their ear, with their bottom hand pointing to where they wish the pass to go.  (Pull with the bottom, push with the top). Please ensure a half cradle is being made in between throws (no quick sticks). Only repetitions with a half-cradle will be counted as a full repetition. 

 

WHY do we need a Half-Cradle? – The Half cradle ensures that the ball is in the proper position prior to make a pass and/or taking a shot.  This ensures the ball will come out consistently and on-target, helping to eliminate “pop-flies” and errant passes in the future.

 

Make sure passes have enough velocity on them to come back at their head level, which will ensure the kids are catching the ball properly.   Weaker passes will result in “basket” catches, resulting in additional (unnecessary) time taken between reps.  Catches should be made with the stick in the vertical position for boys to attain the maximum amount of repetitions.

 

One handed passes will prove challenging initially, especially for younger players.  Have them hold their hand closer to the top of the stick.  They should be “snapping” their wrists as they throw the ball, pointing the stick at the intended target.   The more wrist strength a child has will allow them to move their hand more towards the middle of the stick.   Please ensure a half cradle is being made in between throws (no quick sticks).

 

The ability to understand these concepts will prove extremely beneficial to all the boys.

 

Each of these drills will be practiced at the beginning of each indoor gym session this winter. 

 

We have set repetitions for each level for each grade level accordingly.  NO, we are not a club program, however this challenge should afford parents and kids the ability to practice on their own, and offer incentive to those willing to put in additional time outside of our normal practice ours.  Only with practice (and practicing with the proper technique) will the boys become better players. 

 

REMINDER: Parents should submit a video of all 5 drills, ONLY, if their son has passed.

 

REPETITION REQUIREMENTS

 

Two-Handed Strong and Weak (Half-cradle in btw throws)
Grade Level    LVL 1  # Repetitions  

LVL 2   # Repetitions

2nd   20   28
3rd   23   31
4th   28   34
5th   31   37
6th   33   40
7th   35   42
8th   37   44

 

One-Handed Strong & Weak (Half-cradle in btw throws)
Grade Level   LVL 1  # Repetitions  

LVL 2 

  # Repetitions

2nd   12   17
3rd   14   19
4th   17   21
5th   19   23
6th   20   24
7th   21   26
8th   23   27

 

SPLIT DODGE - Throw and Catch Strong then switch"SPLIT" to weak, Throw Weak catch Weak, split
Grade Level   LVL 1# Repetitions   LVL 2 # Repetitions
2nd   15   21
3rd   18   23
4th   22   26
5th   24   28
6th   25   31
7th   27   32
8th   28   34

 

 

EXAMPLE VIDEOS

Great Wall Ball Video by Local Central Kings Club owner Jack Piatelli - CLICK HERE