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In The Crease: featuring Upstate Pride Midfielder, Shelby Fredericks

March 2, 2019


How did you get introduced to lacrosse?

My dad played lacrosse growing up, so he and my mom introduced my brother and I to the sport. I also grew up on Long Island, so that definitely played a big role.


What age were you when you started playing?

I started playing when I was around 6 or 7 years old.


Growing up, who was your biggest inspiration?

Growing up my brother was my biggest inspiration. He is two years older than me, and he was always beating me in everything we did, from Ping Pong to backyard football. I lost…a lot, but he was an incredible role model for me.


What does the first 90 minutes of your day look like?

A typical morning for me usually consists of waking up, scrolling insta for a couple minutes, get dressed for my day, wash my face, make some breakfast while an episode of The Office, or Shameless plays from my computer, brush ma teeth/gather my belongings, then make a coffee-to-go and bam I’m out the door for the day.


We were excited to hear you signed with String King! What drove you to their products?  

To be honest, I wasn’t initially drawn to their products…because I hadn’t used them yet. In college, I was content with the stick I had; in fact I was almost too loyal to it. But when I was given one to mess around with at summer camp, I thought it was just ridiculous. It was so light, and the hold in the pocket was unreal. I do some crazy things with my stick, and while I messed around with it, the ball just stayed glued right in the sweet spot. My shot also felt ten times more powerful. From that moment on I was pretty intrigued, soI followed them on instagram and soon came to love everything they were about product-wise, as well as a company and brand.


What’s your current stick setup?

My head is a StringKing Women’s Complete 2 Pro Offense with a high, Womens Type 4 mesh pocket on a SK composite shaft. 


How do you tape your sticks? Do you tape them differently for the draw? 

I don’t do anything special with my tape, but my shaft is almost all covered. Tape definitely gives me that texture I need when my hands start to sweat (so within 30 seconds of picking up my stick). 


What would we find in your gear bag?

In my bag you’ll find my Under Armour cleats, goggles, mouthpiece, Chapstick, green Five gum, a notebook, a Northwestern Lacrosse beanie, a ball, a whistle, some hair ties, and of course some crumpled up granola bar wrappers on the bottom.


What are your favorite draw drills?

My favorite draw drill has to be live-rep work. But besides that, I never underestimate the value of wall-ball, and just messing around with my stick. The time I spend on the wall, 

as well as just messing around with my stick are two huge things that have helped me develop quick hands.


What’s your weekly workout regimen?

I usually workout 6 days a week, and the 7th day I do some form of active recovery. Every day I workout for around 2 hours. My workouts are pretty multi-faceted, but always have a 30-45 minute cardio component, a high-tempo strength component, and a balance/proprioception component. As far as equipment goes, I’m a huge fan of the assault bike, prowler/sled, rower, stair master, and kettle bells. 


What’s a workout that every athlete should be doing (but which few are)?

I am certainly not one to say that there is a single workout that is best for every athlete, as I have come to understand that everyone is uniquely different, and different bodies need different things to enable them to be at their very best; however, I do believe every athlete should learn early on how to do movements properly. One specific workout I believe isn’t done nearly enough at a young age is boxing. Boxing is incredibly useful in developing hand-eye coordination, cardio, timing, body-control, balance, strength and power. It’s also great for working on the mental side of training. 


Can you give us a wall ball routine? 

Gosh the possibilities are endless! Here are a few foundation-building components of my wall ball routine:  Quick sticks  hitch cradle  catch off side- throw regular  catch regular- throw offside  catch right - throw left (no cradles)  catch left- throw right  quick sticks switching hands when ball is in the air  catch offside right – pull across and switch hands  behind the back  around the world  behind the back and switch hands when ball is in the air  around the world switch hands in the air.


Rule of thumb: 100 reps of each: if you drop – you start over. Do each segment with right and left hand (sorry not sorry).


Why did you choose Northwestern? Were their other offers in the mix?

I chose Northwestern when I was 9 years old. It was kind of a “when you know you know” situation. I went to my first Northwestern Lacrosse camp when I was around 8 or 9 years old, and that was when I first met Kelly. I was a baby, but from that moment on I knew in my heart I’d be there one day. I verbally committed to play for Northwestern in 8th grade, and the rest is history. What really drove me to choose Northwestern were the people. While the coaches were incredible, I also saw the type of people they were recruiting (and the people they weren’t), and I just knew that those were not only the lacrosse players, but even more so, the people I wanted to be surrounded by. 


What’s one important thing the Northwestern women's lacrosse program has taught you? 

I could write a novel on the countless things that being apart of Northwestern women’s lacrosse program has taught me. One of the most important things this program has taught me is that the journey never ends. Everyday you get a choice. Whether you win or lose, whether you get “playing time” or don’t, whether you still play, or your eligibility hour glass has ran out…tomorrow you will wake up, and you get a choice of how you want to view the world…how you want to live your life. You get a choice of how you want to treat people, how you want to spread love, how you want to inspire and be inspired, and ultimately what you are willing to give. You get a choice to blame others when challenges arise, or you can look in the mirror, and use those challenges for growth. Just because you achieved something yesterday, does not mean you deserve anything today. Everyday we get the gift of choosing who we are and who we want to be. It is all about the journey: the everyday choices, the sacrifices, the joys, the challenges, the victories, the heartbreak, the lessons, the bonds, and love we give to those around us that truly are the peak of our experience, be that in high school, college or beyond. Even now that my collegiate career is over, the journey never ends. The next challenge awaits, and the ride ahead will always be just as fulfilling as the last -- if you choose to make it that way.


What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction and why?

One thing that I am proud of as I look back on my career thus far, is my consistent discipline, resiliency and positivity that I have put on myself going all the way back to seventh grade, which was my first year of high school. Despite various setbacks, physically, mentally, and emotionally, my training, work ethic, and positivity not only inwardly, but outward to my teammates, has never wavered. My approach whether that be in the practice setting, or when I am alone training, has always been deeply founded on the idea that every decision I made was deeply rooted in who I am and who I wanted to be as a person. In other words, I have lived by the quote, “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” This mentality has helped me not separate who I am off the field, with who I am on the field, and who I am in the locker room. I believe that has helped me become a person, teammate, player, and friend that I am proud of. 


Another thing I am very proud of is the holding the all-time draw record at Northwestern. While this is known as an individual achievement, I do not think of it like such by any means. I am proud of this solely because of the amount of work that went into it by so many people. Holding that record means so much more to me than just a number on a list. It reflects the amazing players that came before me, and truly created the standard of discipline and hard work that was expected day in and day out. Those people set the foundation of what myself, and my teammates tried to emulate every single day, and that “record” resembles just how much they inspired us, and how much my teammates inspired me.


What’s the best piece of advice you could give to an attacker looking to have success on the field?

My advice for an attacker looking to have success on the field would be to stop looking for it, and go after it. While the best attackers are moving fast, the games moves in slow motion for them. Put in the work in and outside of practice, and watch how the game starts to slow down for you.


What’s your favorite thing about playing professionally?

PLAYING! The opportunity to still play this game, and being able to do so alongside people who I haven’t had the opportunity to play alongside yet is a really fun experience. It also provides us with a platform to continue to teach, inspire, and grow our passion for the sport. 

Compare yourself to a professional athlete from another sport. How are you similar? 

If I had to name someone, I think I am a lot like Saquon Barkely in the sense of I feel I am a combination of strength, power, and finesse.


What image gets you ready to compete? 

My teammates. For me, picturing my teammates and the work they put in, and that we put in together is something that fires me UP.


How did Pinnacle Performance Lacrosse start? 

I started Pinnacle Performance because of how much I learned over the entirety of my lacrosse experience thus far, and I was excited to share it with people. I have acquired a lot of knowledge when it comes to subtle nuances of various aspects of the game, many things that I was actually never taught, but rather just learned through experience, so I created Pinnacle Performance as a training platform to spread and teach this knowledge to the generations coming up now.


What’s one personal goal for the 2019 WPLL season with Upstate Pride?

One personal goal for the 2019 season is to make my teammates look really good. I am at my best, when I am making the people around me better, and I couldn’t be more excited to play and connect with this new group. I feel so fortunate to be able to meet people I’ve never played with before, as well as working together with people I’ve battled against in the past. I think it’s the coolest thing to go from rivals, to teammates working together towards a new common goal.


Who’s the biggest character on Upstate Pride?

Since I have not played a season with them yet, I have not met a lot of my teammates on the Pride; but from the small amount I have seen, Molly Wolf seems hilarious. 


What are the top 10 songs in your pregame playlist?

I’m not a big “songs-blasting-in-my-headphones” kind of girl, but if I had to give ten that I would bump to in the car before a game here they are: MotorSport- Migos, Good Form-Niki Minaj, Going Bad-Drake, Upset –Drake, Walk Like Him- Mitchell Tenpenny, Tip Toe- Jason Derulo, God is a Woman – Ariana Grande, No Surrender – Bruce Springsteen, I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen, Baby Boy – Beyonce 


What’s one thing most would be surprised to know about Shelby Fredericks? 

I have written around 30 original songs on guitar.

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