The Split Dodge

How do you Split? It’s one of the first moves we learn and also one of the deadliest if done correctly. The spilt dodge. It’s all about tricking your defender into going one direction while you go in the other. Everyone has their own little twist to the split dodge but the fundamentals are all still the same. A hard plant with one foot, and then BOOM your off in the other direction. The split is a great move for any offensive player, whether you’re a middie dodging from up top or an attackmen going at X. Not too long ago, Sean Morris posted a video on Instagram with (@thelocker_com) quickly explaining his 3 step split dodge. He mentions that he focuses on keeping his stick and feet connected. This means that whatever foot is planted on the ground his stick’s head is right above that same foot. If you watch the video you can see that he doesn’t switch hands right away. By doing this you can confuse your defender even more and make it hard for them to figure out which direction you are going. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.53.47 PM Recently, we also posted a video on the Universal Lacrosse Instagram account (@UNIVERSALLAX) showing a Drexel University player absolutely toasting his defender in an NCAA tournament game from last season. If you watch the two videos you can easily see that their splits are both the same yet completely different. Both use the multiple steps to throw of their defenders but kind of do it in different ways. Sean Morris is keeping his stick upright and locked in tight while the Drexel player adds something like a toe drag move as he changes directions, which is sick. Both are awesome and both are very effective. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 3.55.28 PM We want to see how you break ankles on the field! Follow us on Instagram @UNIVERSALLAX and tag us in your own split dodge video. Tag us in the caption and use #itsallulaxsplits so we can see your post and maybe even repost your video!

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