Benefits Of Playing In A Boarded Field
Fall and Winter playing options seem to be around every corner, but how do you decide where to play? Most important thing, is be smart about it. Do your research and know what kind of product/service you are buying into. Here’s some quick facts on Tri-State’s Indoor Lacrosse Leagues to get you started…
IMPROVED STICK SKILLS | To be successful playing in our smaller, enclosed fields, you have to have sharp, tight stickwork. Things like “hanging your stick” or floating passes that you may be able to get away with outdoor, won’t work in the rink. If the ball gets checked away enough times, you will change how you hold your stick and carry the ball.
OFF-BALL MOVEMENT | Team offense is key. This includes learning to set picks, best ways to cut and get open. Players without the ball are as important if not more important than the player with the ball.
BODY POSITION | Whether you play attack, midfield or defense, you will have to play defense. You will get key repetions in breaking down and getting in good body position. For the boys, we do not allow long poles. This means you have to rely on your footwork and postioning.
SHOT SELECTION | When you play in closer spaces, everything is packed in. Defenders, your teammates, free space comes at a premium. Playing in the rink helps you learn what the difference is between an “ok” shot and a great shot.
TOP GOALIE TRAINING | Many of NJ’s top goalies have one thing in common, they played in our turfed rinks. As a goalie, you will see more shots, that come in faster and from closer distances than you would ever see in a normal full field playing environment. The game seems almost to go in slow motion when you move outdoors after playing in our rinks during the off-season.
When you decide to go out a play lacrosse, you want to go where you are going to have great competition. Many leagues are comparable in that they offer competition and an opportunity to play/practice before the Spring season gets going. We at Tri-State Lacrosse have preached the benefits of indoor lacrosse. And on that note, so have college coaches, sports announcers, lacrosse analysts and coaches around the world. To give a quick review, the following are a few benefits of playing in a smaller, boarded field space…
IMPROVE STICK SKILLS | OFF-BALL MOVES | BODY POSITION | SHOT SELECTION | TOP GOALIES
These are a few factors that have less to do with the actual game of lacrosse and more to do with where you choose to play.
BOARDED FIELD SPACE | The fields at both the Turf City and Peddie School locations are surrounded by hockey style boards. What does this have to do with safety you ask? Ever play on a field that is surrounded by hanging nets, perhaps just in front of large steel beams? Referees, coaches and top orthopedics have all acknowledged the increase risk this environment presents. Hockey boards are designed to temper impact. Combine that with strict no-boarding policies, the playing surface is safer.
IMPROVED LIGHTING | Turf City underwent a full lighting overhaul in 2009. In addition to making the facility more energy efficient, it improved the lighting on the field. “Seeing the ball” is a large part of the game.
7 v 7 (Boys) & 8 v 8 (Girls) | Tri-State Lacrosse does not play on “full fields” (110 yds long x 60 yds wide). Nowhere do we make claims that we use a full field when it is not really a “full field”. We also do not try and stuff the full number of field players (10 for boys, 12 for girls) on something less than a 110 yds long x 60 yds wide. Have you ever played indoor somewhere that advertised a “full field” only to find out it was not at minimum 110 yds long by 60 yds wide? You usually find that it is not fun to play with everyone packed in and more importantly it can increase your risk of injury.
CONSISTENCY & CONTINUITY | Tri-State Lacrosse has been family owned and operated for 25 years. For over 2 decades, we have provided leagues that promote good sportsmanship, lacrosse education and development. We understand the game and make sure that you as a player get what you need to excel at it.
Why do a large percentage of young kids choose lacrosse over softball or baseball? Because standing around waiting for something to happen is boring! Lacrosse is a game of speed, a game of movement, a game of action. That being said, do you play in a league that improves those skills? Here’s a few ways that Tri-State’s Indoor Lacrosse Leagues do just that…
TRANSITION | Score a goal and the ball comes out and goes the other way, no face-offs or draws to slow the game down. Think basketball. Quick, crisp passing up field results in goals. Attack, defense, middie, everyone plays offense and defense and everyone learns to transition the ball through the midfield.
REACTION TIME | Our indoor lacrosse is quick. There is a shot on goal, the ball doesn’t have the option of going out of bounds. It is always in play and you have to react to where it goes.
CONDITIONING | A typical shift in our indoor lacrosse leagues are about 2 minutes. This is because after 2 minutes even the best conditioned athletes need a breather. The ball is always in play. You are constantly moving, transitioning from offense and defense and back again. Unlike field lacrosse, attack doesn’t get to sit and watch the defense or visa versa. You will have fun, you will enjoy the speed of the game and you will be dog tired when you come off the field.
MIX IT UP | Most sports have modified versions of the game. Football has Spring 7 v 7s, basketball has 3 v 3 tournaments. One of the main reasons for doing it is to bring a change of pace to your routine. There is value in the various scenarios. For lacrosse, it is achieved by playing on the smaller, boarded field. It is a way to train in and improve on the fundamental aspects of the game in a different way. The end result is you have quicker hands, feet and reactions, are better prepared for the Spring season and have had a jump start on conditioning, but (and yes there is almost always a but…) you are not burnt out. Field lacrosse feels like a whole new game again.