Everywhere we look, people seem to be talking about making lacrosse safer in one way or another. It ranges from hitting being reigned in at the collegiate level through new rules, to concussion studies, a debate about helmets for girls in Florida, and beyond.
Wake up on Wednesdays to the Hot Pot of Lax. An interesting take on a current lacrosse topic coupled with news and links to top stories and the lax video of the week.
What goes in to making a trip to the World Lacrosse Championships successful? You have to do a lot of work leading up to the event, and then you need to make that final push in the final two weeks. There are a lot of different ways to do this, and how you decide to tackle last minute issues can make all the difference in the world.
I’ve been working lacrosse camp again this week, and each day, we come up with a word of the day. On day one, Dom DiNapoli (assistant coach at St. John’s University) gave us the word CHARACTER. On day two, Dom’s brother Steve (who plays for the NY Lizards) gave us the word PRIDE. Both words have something to do with one another, but they also have their own nuance.
I’m coaching at an instructional lacrosse camp in New York City this week and next, and it’s serving as a great reminder as to why instructional camps are so important, and why I like them so much.
Can you “burn out” from doing something too much, and if so, how can you avoid burn out in lacrosse? Connor Wilson explains what it is, how to avoid burn out, and how to fight it!
Find someone who is at a higher level than you are, and create your own Training Day. Challenge yourself, see how the next elite level works and lives, and raise your game. Take pride in being a small fish in a big pond again, and you might just accomplish more than you thought possible.
Since I have not made any clear decisions on what the grand enigma of playoff success must be, I will defer to people with much more experience and success in this matter. It’s good to have friends who are smarter than you! Let’s take a small sampling of what it means to make a successful playoff push, from some of the best minds in the game.
Here is the big reality: Since there can be only one winner, there are going to be a number of other teams licking their wounds after a tough loss. That’s just the ugly truth. What can you do about it?
Normally you’ve got some monster D1 match up, and it more than qualifies as the best game of the weekend, but this weekend? This weekend is different, and there is a different college level of lacrosse you need to watch.
Lacrosse games in cold temperatures can be tough on players, coaches, officials, and fans. Recently, the high school team that I volunteer with had one such game, and after many of us froze our butts off on the sideline, I have some quick recommendations on how to deal with this early spring problem.
Larger lacrosse companies almost exclusively put up photos of their gear on social media, some of which D1 teams will use, and many smaller companies have followed suit. Other companies have taken a different approach, and in my opinion, it’s bordering on an NCAA eligibility violation.
Lacrosse does have some issues, but almost all of them can be fixed with ONE SIMPLE CHANGE: Limit roster sizes to less than 20 player and you will see a change. I’ve seen it happen before, and it can happen again. We can keep tinkering with the rules, and distancing our game from its original inception, OR we can limit roster sizes and let the players play. It really is a simple choice.
I’ve come to grips with the fact that swag is going to play a part in our greater society, and therefore lacrosse. Sitting in my brick tower I can easily sit back and decry swag, but this time around I’m going to offer up something a little different, and acknowledge that swag is indeed a part of the game now. Come to think of it, it’s been a part of the game for a long, long time, and I’ve been far from immune.
I’m telling you this story because we ALL make mistakes. We ALL lose our cool from time to time. I may sit back and lecture most of the time, but trust me, it all comes from personal experience. The dumb stuff? I’ve done it. The mean stuff? Done that too. The divisive, think-you’re-God’s-gift stuff? Yup, that too.
With almost every college in the country now “in season”, and many high schools starting up soon, it’s time to talk about that all important first practice. Here are some guidelines I use to make sure my team always has a great first practice of the Spring.