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wallball-featuredRec Coaches and High School Coaches are always encouraging their kids to “get on the wall.” Yet rarely (for reasons not really known to modern man), incorporate the exercise into their practices, or measure participation or improvement. Yet when the kids we coach at youth and high school get to college they are usually held accountable for significant wall ball workouts. Maybe there is a message there for us.

If I were to tell you that kids today are smarter than we were, you would probably quit reading. So I will not write that. But you might agree that they may be more astute at picking up on what is really important to you as a coach versus what you simply talk about… If in fact, your actions speak louder than your lip service. Where are you really, on the importance of a wall workout? We have some ideas on a five minute video on Wall Ball (we borrowed it filming a U Mass player)…check it out.

[private]In order to truly make wall ball a part of your culture maybe our actions need to speak a little louder in order to truly gain credibility and accountability. Here are some quick test questions for you to review, and if we might be so bold, think about your responses from the perspective of one of your players. What are your actions really saying regarding the priority of Wall Ball?

Do you provide a customized plan for how long, how many days for the workout for your players?
Or are you simply telling them to get on the wall.

Are you providing them with a detailed workout?
Or simply suggesting a webpage for them to visit for ideas.

Is attendance measured by Captains or Assistants?
Or do coaches not even really know how much time is spent on the wall and by whom….

Are players in any way held accountable for the workouts via spreadsheets or calendars to check off exercises?
Or is there no real formal follow-up on the concept from the Coach.

Is your Wall Ball Program a vehicle to build team activity, incorporate peer pressure to practice?
Or individually done and reported, or not reported.

(If you are fortunate to have an area “common” for players to do Wall Ball Routines, consider creating one single sheet with all of the players names and date columns to be checked following completing a workout. This creates kind of positive ‘peer’ pressure to complete and engage in the Wall Ball routines. And holds players accountable not only to the coach but to their teammates as well…)

Are you sending a message or just sending a message.

In discussing this subject with Coach Chris Kelly (an old Skaneateles guy) and current Head Coach at Pope HS, he mentioned one of his players, Eric Soto a recent recruit at U Mass had provided their drills. We have a video of Eric and the workout on the site for your review.

Here is the Wall Ball workout on the free video, consider using it to build your own program.

Wall Ball Routine

25-30 minutes

50 quick stick R hand
50 quick stick L hand
50 quick stick alt. hands
50 1 handed R
50 1 handed L
50 catch, cradle R hand
50 catch, cradle L hand
50 forehands to cross hand R to L
50 forehands to cross hand L to R
50 throw R catch L, throw L catch R

2 xs
Run along wall throw R catch R
Run back throw L catch L

2 xs
Run along wall throw L catch cross hand
Run back throw R catch cross hand

All Drills to be done with gloves and helmet


2 Responses to “Video: The Lost Art of Wall Ball”

  1. coachmike Says:

    Thanks!! If you liked this video you might love our new DVD, Coaching Youth lacrosse with College Drills,

    Coach Mike

  2. mwarner Says:

    As a youth coach for the past decade, I’ve struggled with my inability to resolve two seemingly contradictory guiding principles we hear over and over, “make it fun” and “do wall ball.” If you grew up in West Genny in the 90’s, and everyone in your community is looking to you to carry on the tradition of winning State Championships, I could see kids finding their way to the wall. However, for the rest of us, working to build energy within our program, the motivations are fundamentally different. Kids are out there to have fun and be with their buddies. I’ve found that if we replace the wall with their buddy, that the level of interest and fun increases dramatically. I would like us in the coaching community to embrace this reality and adapt the essence of wall ball (e.g. discipline, commitment) to a system that’s a bit more creative and befitting to the situation most of our in.

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