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Faceoffs make a huge difference in the outcome of lacrosse games. 

One of my goals for this season is to provide some structure to the development of face off guys (fogo’s) in the program.  My guess is that there is a decent sense for who the fogo’s are at the 7th and 8th grade level.  I will leave it to you as to whether you open things up to competition or not – but I’d like to see 8 guys who show some aptitude or have the right sort of traits (right handed / built like a fire hydrant / quick) be identified at the 7th and 8th grade level and the same number at the 5th and 6th grade level. 

10 or so minutes at the beginning of every practice will be designated for these guys to work on face off specific drills as a group.  My hope is that we could run both age groups together for these drills and that one person would volunteer to take the lead on getting familiar with and running these drills – and one person would serve as a backstop in case the lead misses a practice.  Stu – cced you on this email because it’d be awesome if you could get your fogo’s to help out from time to time with bringing the younger dudes along.

Rule 4, Section 3, Article 3 of the Lax Rules deals with how the face off is to be run.  Understanding what can and cannot be done in a faceoff – will help us and the kids a lot.  We will be able to win a handful of faceoffs each game by educating refs on illegal procedure as and when it happens (and it’ll happen).  Keys for teaching the kids –

  • Crosses and gloves on the ground parallel to but not touching the center line;
  • Cross head perpendicular to the ground;
  • Right hand may not be touching the neck of the head;
  • Entire body (hands, head, shoulders, feet, legs) must be to the left of the crosse head;
  • Head and shoulders can lean over the center line;
  • Ref will call ‘set’ – after which fogo’s must remain still until whistle blows;
  • Can no longer pick up and carry the ball with back of the stick;
  • Can rake the ball;
  • Illegal to kick, step on or place any other body part on own stick or opponent’s stick;
  • Two hands on stick – can’t play the ball with hand or grab opponent’s stick; and
  • Need to have 6” of tape at the neck in color that contrasts with the color of the head, shaft and gloves of fogo.