Lacrosse Wall and the Rebounder Wall
It goes without being said that practice is the key to success in anything you hope to do well. British Researchers have now revealed that they believe it takes 10,000 hours of practice for a person to become an ace at their discipline. 10,000 hours is the time needed in which the brain assimilates all that it needs to know to achieve its true mastery.
In study after study, of basketball players, golfers, ice skaters, writers, musicians and any other profession in which a level of mastery is attained, 10,000 hours seems to be the magic number that all experts have achieved. Tiger Woods, Wayne Gretzkey, and Michael Jordan are examples of whom have attained their extraordinary ability through a consistent concentrated focus of dedicated practice. They were not prodigies through natural selection. Their unique position in life and their mental perception allowed them to practice and practice when other players the same age were not.
Ten thousand hours is an enormous amount of time needed to reign supreme in Lacrosse and a player that dedicated to improvement is a rare find. But if a serious laxer did have the dedication to improvement, it would be all but impossible for that child to reach their true potential by their lonesome. Encouraging parents, optimal economic opportunity, training tools and entry into summer camps and teams are required for a shot at an elite level.
My emphasis for this article is on the lacrosse wall. It is no doubt the most important aspect of lacrosse training for a young lacrosse player. A Lacrosse wall is any surface in which a player can hone their skills through the repetitive motion of passing and catching a lacrosse ball. When the basics of stick control become second nature, the brain can then dedicate its full attention and resources to understanding the many other aspects of Lacrosse.
A Lacrosse Wall enables a player to practice basic fundamentals all year round with a continual progression of skill that can be compared to attending camps throughout the year.
Access to a Lacrosse Wall will give a player a huge advantage over their peers in the Lax world. It gives them more time and room to devote to practice. This in turn makes them better and gives them more opportunities for the future. Lacrosse is a growing sport that is no longer taking a backseat to the mainstream. More and more top universities are offering scholarship opportunities and the potential for professional contracts are greater than ever.
It is no secret how All-Americans like Joe Walters, Max Quinzani, and Mikey Powell were able to attain their level of mastery. Like Joe Walters said, he practiced Lacrosse Wall ball every single day. Max Quinzani had his own concrete lacrosse wall built at his home in Massachusetts. Their ability to throw and catch is attributed to working every day. The greats are consistently practicing good fundamentals all the time. Every minute of their thoughts were centered around lacrosse. Most importantly they never put their stick down.
However, if you don’t have the financial resources to build your own concrete wall like Max Quinzani or live in close proximity to your school like Joe Walters, you can still attain perfection through a Lacrosse Rebounder. A Lacrosse Rebounder is the same as a Lacrosse Wall, perhaps even a wiser choice. A Lacrosse Rebounder is cheaper, transportable and will fit in any size yard. In reality it does not matter what you use to practice. What really matters is your dedication to becoming a better Lacrosse player.
There are many great resources for Lacrosse tips on Youtube, and thelaxcoach provides an excellent video showing the many different Lacrosse Wall Balls throws you can practice. Good Luck!
I’ve adapted the 10,000 Hour Rule Chapter from Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell for this article. It is a fascinating assessment into the way we think about success and I highly recommend it.