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Stick Trick Gold Standard

0 - Published April 14, 2009 by in Stick Tricks, The Life, Training

Hey LaxNation, looking for a the stick trick version of a platonic ideal?  Here it is, in the form of Clay Martin out of Ohio University.  (Music NSFW)

The Lacrossse Coaching Void

1 - Published April 3, 2009 by in High School

One of the things that all of us in the lacrosse community seem to take pride in is the growth of the game’s popularity. New high school leagues, obscure college participation in the MCLA, and youth programs that rival optimist football can only mean a higher quality game in the future. That is, of course, if we can find quality coaching.

Under Armour: Leader in Fiscal Responsibility?

2 - Published March 29, 2009 by in Gear

I’ve always known that some of life’s most valuable lessons could be learned on the athletic field, but I never thought that fiscal responsibility was one of them.  Now, thanks to Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, that has changed.

The Best Teams You’ve Never Seen?

4 - Published March 25, 2009 by in College

“Club” lacrosse has blown up over the last few years. You would be hard pressed to find someone who is not at least aware of the MCLA’s existance. But what if I told you that there was another large club league. What if I told you that they had over 100 teams and 12 conferences from which they crown a national champion every year.  Are you aware of the National College Lacrosse League?

The Keeper

2 - Published March 22, 2009 by in College, Pro Lacrosse

Hey goalies, do you ever get sick of watching lacrosse highlight videos that feature clip after clip of you getting smoked?  Tired of watching yourselves turn and rake the ball out of the net fourty times in two minutes? 

Free Online Resources for Lacrosse Coaches

4 - Published March 19, 2009 by in College, High School, Training

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned while coaching over the last few years is that you can’t force players into a system that doesn’t match their talents. The fact that the high school or college team you played for ran a certain system flawlessly doesn’t necessarily mean the team you coach will.

LaxAllStars Video Exclusive: For the Love of the Game

14 - Published March 9, 2009 by in College, Interviews

The MCLA has experienced a large amount of success over the last few seasons.  From its appearances on CSTV to the creation of its own magazine, the “virtual-varsity” league has established itself as a legitimate option for lacrosse players coming out of high school.

#10 Montana State @ College of Idaho – Live Tweets

0 - Published March 7, 2009 by in College

Showing the MCLA Division 2 some love, as we twitter the #10 Montana State Bocat vs unranked College of Idaho game.  Face-off is at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Click here to follow the action.

ESPN Cares About Lacrosse?

2 - Published March 4, 2009 by in Grow The Game

If you’ve made a visit to ESPN.com’s lacrosse section any time within the last five years, you may have thought you were looking at a stagnant page. Stories from the previous spring would grace the screen for months at a time, moving only when the higher ups at the World Wide Leader thought it was time to throw the lacrosse community a bone.

The Science of Eating

1 - Published February 28, 2009 by in College, High School, Training

An important part of the game (and one that is often overlooked), is how a player fuels their body before heading out on to the field.  I’ve seen everything from teammates who chug two red bulls minutes before they begin warming up, to players that scarf down a 12 oz steak an hour before a game.  Oddly enough, neither of these approaches are very appropriate. 

Even the Best and the Brightest Can Lay Hat

2 - Published February 25, 2009 by in College

Dartmouth vs. Harvard lacrosse video.  Oh how I love thee.  Let me count the ways.

Overcoming the Odds: Logan Aldridge

0 - Published February 21, 2009 by in High School

We’ve all overcome some kind of adversity while playing the sport we love.  Whether it was playing through the pain of a sprained ankle, or finishing a game after breaking our thumb in the third quarter, there has been a moment where we’ve put everything else aside and did what we could for our team.  Turns out we haven’t done anything.  Meet Logan Aldridge, or as I like to call him, Superman.

Tryout Tips

1 - Published February 20, 2009 by in High School

It’s still only 2:30 p.m. but the anticipation could be cut with a knife.  Mother nature, as if she knew this was a special day, has served up a heavy dose of sun and unseasonably warm weather.  As the end of school draws nearer players begin to fidget in their seats and the coaches start the final critique of their plan.  Today is the day they begin their quest for a championship.

MLL Loses Four Teams: Nobody Notices

2 - Published February 14, 2009 by in Pro Lacrosse

This was briefly mentioned during In Da Club’s video post on Friday, but if you haven’t heard already, Major League Lacrosse will only be fielding six teams this summer.  The victims?  The Philly Barrage, NJ Pride, LA Riptide, & SF Dragons.  Not only that, the defending champs moved to Toronto! Does anyone care?

Hidden Ball Trick: Clever or Cheap?

2 - Published February 11, 2009 by in High School

Oh crap! Where’s the ball!?It was 2005 and I was just finishing up my first tournament as the head coach of a U-17 travel lacrosse team.  In our final game of the tournament we were all tied up with only a few minutes left to play.  Coming out of a time out, our opponent’s midfield and attack units both sprinted to the midfield line, placed the ball between them, and started frantically raking their sticks on the ground. 

Rural Idaho to Division 1: An Interview with Deke Jackson

8 - Published February 4, 2009 by in College, Interviews

The dream of playing Division 1 lacrosse is shared by thousands of youth and high school players across the nation.  For some, the realization of that dream is simply a matter of hard work and dedication.  Others, however, have had to sacrifice more than just their time. In a LacrosseAllStars Exclusive, we ask Deke about his journey and get some tips on how YOU can take your game to the next level.

Will Lacrosse Be Checked By Economy?

5 - Published January 31, 2009 by in Grow The Game

As a product of the MCLA, I am no stranger to the idea of team dues.  However this article seems to suggest that the idea of paying to play is foreign to many families.  That got me thinking about the potential ways our country’s current economic crisis could negatively affect the game of lacrosse.  After the jump are a few scenarios I’ve considered.  However, just so this article doesn’t become a major downer, I’ve also added a glass half full approach to each:

“Commercializing” the game

8 - Published January 28, 2009 by in College

This video is by no means anything new, having premiered almost two years ago at the MCLA’s national championship tournament.  However, despite the 20 some months I’ve had to reflect on the significance of an “MCLA commercial”, I still can’t quite figure out what the purpose of the campaign was.