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Women's Lacrosse: A Guide for Advanced Players and Coaches [Hardcover]

Janine Tucker , Maryalice Yakutchik , Will Kirk , James T. Van Rensselaer

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14 May 2008

Women’s lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. As stick technology advances, athleticism increases, and rules and regulations adapt, even the most experienced players and coaches need to keep current on all aspects of the game. Janine Tucker, head women’s lacrosse coach at the Johns Hopkins University, and Maryalice Yakutchik, a writer and former lacrosse player, here supply the ultimate guide to women’s lacrosse.

Each chapter provides a detailed explanation of a specific skill or technique, illustrated with easy-to-read instructional diagrams and photographs. Coach Tucker begins with lacrosse survival skills—throwing, catching, cradling, and scooping ground balls—and then moves on to more advanced techniques, such as precise checking, fast footwork, correct stick and body position, deceptive shooting, and quick dodges. Chapters on cutting-edge offensive and defensive strategy, as well as specialized skills such as goal-tending and the draw, will get any team ready to hit the field.

For young women who want to play at the college level, the concluding chapter on recruiting offers a timeline; testimony from players, parents, and college coaches who have been through the process; and a sample résumé.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (14 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801888468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801888465
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 20.7 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,220,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An articulate, well-structured resource... this book will be welcomed by those involved in this fine sport—as coaches or as players—and its continually changing environment.


Recommended for any coaching or playing in the field of women's lacrosse.

(Midwest Book Review)

About the Author

Janine Tucker has been the head coach of the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team since 1993. Maryalice Yakutchik is a full-time writer and photographer.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good resource. 23 Jan 2010
By acdev - Published on Amazon.com
This is probably the most comprehensive book out there. Lots of information covering many aspects of the game.

Please don't let unfairly negative reviews fool you. I'm a (somewhat) experienced lacrosse coach; I own this book, and I learned some good stuff from it. Even if you think you know everything, and you think you teach a skill the right way, it's helpful to read how another coach teaches and explains the game. They may use a word or example or term that makes better sense. Simply, what I liked is that a top-level coach pushed my understanding of the game a little further.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource 20 Nov 2009
By Ochozero - Published on Amazon.com
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Johns Hopkins coach Janine Tucker, whose previous book is the benchmark introduction to girls' youth lacrosse, has now written a comprehensive and detailed reference book for players and coaches at the high school level and above. From advanced individual techniques to team strategies, she has put together a one-stop resource for players and coaches (minor quibble: I would like to have read her approach to fast break defense). Although I have coached high school girls' lacrosse for a number of years, this book will be my primary reference in preparing for next season.

I particularly appreciated the bonuses: entire chapters dedicated in detail to effective practices, offseason conditioning, and the college recruiting process.

Note: I was moved to write this review after reading the first Customer Review, which in my judgment is unfair and completely erroneous. Read my comment to that review for more details.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 15 Feb 2013
By Nic - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the best books for teaching and coaching girls' lacrosse. It covers all levels - from basics to very advanced topics.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book 6 Sep 2013
By Travis Pearre - Published on Amazon.com
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This book written by Coach Tucker is a tremendous place for you to pick up much needed material no matter what level you coach at.
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money no matter your level 25 Sep 2011
By southsidelaxman - Published on Amazon.com
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Janine Tucker has simplified advanced concepts of womens lacrosse with this book. Although indiacted as "advanced", even new coaches will easily grasp the game and her techniques. She explains many of the nuances of offenses and defenses, although not in particualrly great detail. Bu the diagrams that accommpany her concepts are very good visual explanations. For example, she explains the fast break 3v2, 4v3, and 5v4 styles as well as the slow break offense. On defense, although she spneds only a page an a half on the Hopkins Backer zone, the diagrams let the reader fully comprehend how it works. This is a worthwhile addition to any coach's instruction bookshelf.
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