see more about our community masks

Which Lacrosse Position is Better For You

April 11, 2016

Okay, let's cut to the chase here. You are just starting Lacrosse, you are looking at all of the positions on the field, and you are wondering where you are going to fit in. Attacker, middie, defender or goalie, you may think you are right for a certain position, but your skill set, your body style or your mind set may make you better for somewhere else. So, let's go over the positions and see where you might work out best.

 

Attacker

Not only do you have to have exceptional stick handling skills, but you have got to be a killer shot on goal. You must have an in-your-face attitude, and then you have to back it up. You can't be afraid to stick your nose in the action, and when you do, you better make the shot. That's what makes a good attacker, and if you are a little bit cocky, so much the better.

Midfield

Your stick handling must still be awful good, but first and foremost, you must be a runner. Middies run up and down the field setting everything up, so you have got to be long winded, but most importantly, you've got to be able to pass the rock effectively. Although you'll get some shots on goal, it's primarily your job as a midfielder to get the ball to an attacker and let them take the shot. You cannot be selfish here, so if you would rather pass the ball and make the play happen, then being a middie is right for you.

Defender

This is the backbone of any Lacrosse team, and if you like sticking your helmet into the thick of things and have no fear, a defender might be right for you. You can be bigger and less mobile here, your stick work doesn't have to be great, but your aggressiveness does, and if you think of yourself as an enforcer, the defense is probably your style.

Goalie

If athleticism is your forte, then you'll fit right in as a goalie. Hand-eye coordination is the key at this position, but being nimble and quick are also an absolute must. Regardless of any stick handling skills you have or do not have, if you can get in the way of the ball and keep it from going in the net, than being a goalie is where you'd be best suited.

FOGO

This is the most specialized position in the game, and if your skill set is limited, but you are quick on the draw, you may qualify as a FOGO. (That stands for Face Off and Get Out, by the way.) All this position needs to do is win the face off, and that's it. If you do nothing else but practice clamping, pinching and raking, and you are quick enough to get away with it time and time again, you could, literally, come in for the face off, win it and get the ball to your team, then get off the field.

The above mentioned are the basic positions, but one more thing needs to be said. It doesn't matter where you want to play, what your skills are or whether or not you can handle a stick. What you must have, more than anything else is desire.

Lacrosse is a team sport, and the most important position and mindset is being a team player. Put in your practice time, both with your team and alone, support your teammates and coach. Those are the first Lacrosse positions.


Ready to jump in?

SquadLocker helps simplify custom team gear, uniforms, and spirit-wear for schools, leagues, companies, & more so you can skip the headaches and fundraise faster.

Get Started
SquadLocker
SquadLocker

More from the Squad Blog

You Go, Girl!

You Go, Girl!

A uniform is a powerful thing. Last yearGlamour magazine published a look back at early women’s sports uniforms, describing styles that were initially uncomfortable and outright sexist and noting...

Read More
SLMA Radio Welcomes SquadLocker CEO as Special Guest

SLMA Radio Welcomes SquadLocker CEO as Special...

Read More
How to Be a Hit with Your New Team

How to Be a Hit with Your New Team

Every year, returning to play as school gets underway again is exciting. Especially this year. You’ve been separated from teammates, at least in an up-close physical sense, and the rules relating...

Read More
Team Fundraising the Hands-Free Way

Team Fundraising the Hands-Free Way

What a relief to know that teams from the pros to youth sports will be back in action soon – even if play does look a bit different thanks to COVID-19 precautions. But here’s the thing. Your team...

Read More
See More Posts