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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.

Hot Pot: Biggest Game Of The Week

0 - Published April 16, 2014 by in College, Featured, Hot Pot, NCAA

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.

Hot Pot: Playing In The Cold

0 - Published March 26, 2014 by in Hot Pot

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.

Hot Pot: Lacrosse Companies & NCAA Eligibility Violations

0 - Published March 19, 2014 by in College, Hot Pot, NCAA

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.

Hot Pot: Solving The Specialization Problem – One Rule

0 - Published March 12, 2014 by in College, Hot Pot, MCLA, NCAA

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.

Hot Pot: Creating Your Own Swag

0 - Published March 5, 2014 by in Hot Pot

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.

Hot Pot: I Yelled At A Ref

0 - Published February 26, 2014 by in Club, Hot Pot

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.

Hot Pot: Five Lacrosse Practice Rules

0 - Published February 19, 2014 by in Hot Pot, Training

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.

Hot Pot: THIS Is Sportsmanship

0 - Published February 12, 2014 by in Hot Pot

We can all get caught up in the moment, and sometimes the spirit of competition blinds us to the needs of others who are struggling… but at other times we look past our immediate goals and try to do the right thing. In one of yesterday’s Olympic cross country skiing events we saw Sportsmanship in practice, and it was superb.

Hot Pot: 5 Rules For Lacrosse Players

0 - Published January 29, 2014 by in High School, Hot Pot, Youth

As we approach the Spring season, it’s easy to let our excitement take over and forget about what got us to where we are. I’ve got FIVE basic rules that every player can follow, and I am willing to bet that if you follow these guidelines you’re going to experience a fantastic 2014! We’re hoping that everyone has a great Spring, and we hope this list assists you in getting it done.

Hot Pot: No Nuance In The Richard Sherman Fallout

0 - Published January 22, 2014 by in Hot Pot, The Life

The fallout from Richard Sherman’s post game interview is ravaging the American sports landscape right now, and I’m a little shocked at how clearly the line is being drawn in this situation. Note I did NOT say Sherman’s interview is ravaging America, because it is not. It was just an interview. I am talking about the manufactured fallout. It’s very different.

Hot Pot: 5 Tips To Make 2014 Great

0 - Published January 15, 2014 by in Hot Pot, Training

This past weekend at the US Lacrosse Convention I was able to connect with lacrosse players, coaches, fans, parents, vendors, officials, and more. While we all talked about different things, a common theme was 2014, and how it would play out. Now that I’m rested up and my brain has cleared, I’m going to list out five great tips on how to this season and year the best ever.

ice on the window

Hot Pot: Indoor Cold Weather Lacrosse

0 - Published January 8, 2014 by in Hot Pot

If you live just about anywhere in North America right now, it’s cold outside. That is not an excuse to stop your lacrosse training, so here are a few fun and constructive ways to stay active when the weather isn’t cooperating.

Hot Pot: The Power Of Team

0 - Published December 18, 2013 by in Hot Pot, The Life

Great teams are just that… teams. They aren’t a couple of good players and others who can do their jobs. That is not greatness. That is just sliding by. True teams are singular units capable of greatness, whose sum is greater than its parts, and I’ve encountered them before.

Hot Pot: Explaining The Lax Bro Phenomenon

0 - Published December 11, 2013 by in Hot Pot, The Life

The Lax Bro phenomenon might be rampant in Florida, but does it exist everywhere? And can it be blamed for holding back lacrosse? Or, is this a serious case of scapegoating, where there is no single villain?

Hot Pot: Helmets To Europe!

0 - Published December 4, 2013 by in Hot Pot, International

I’ve gone over to Prague for the Ales Hrebesky Memorial the last two years, and as you’ve seen from our coverage, it’s an amazing event! But this year, LAS and I are looking to step up the Grow The Game effort in Europe, and we’re hoping to get some fellow American and Canadian players on board.

University of Texas Longhorns lacrosse goalie

Hot Pot: Is Texas Going D1?

0 - Published November 27, 2013 by in Hot Pot

Both CollegeCrosse.com and The Growth Blog have made mention of the University of Texas possibly going D1 in men’s lacrosse at some ambiguous point in the future. Why is this story coming up now? Because the UT blog, Orangebloods.com, said that it’s possible, that’s why!

Syracuse

Hot Pot: How Can Lacrosse “Never Punt”?

0 - Published November 20, 2013 by in Hot Pot

Grantland recently ran a feature video on Kevin Kelley and Pulaski Academy football team because of their “no punt” approach to the game. The team only does onside kick attempts, and always goes for it on fourth down. It’s not a tactic bred out of desperation or insanity either, instead it is born from mathematics, and a willingness to look at the game in a brand new way. Could this approach be useful in lacrosse?

Hot Pot: Take Care Of Your Feet

0 - Published November 13, 2013 by in Hot Pot

No more air bubbles in my athletic shoes. I’m tired of popping Nike Air bubbles. 9 times out of 10 the bubbles pop before I wear the shoes out. Sure, it looks cool and feels good early on, but it’s not worth it if I have to shell out extra money for the bubbles and then have to also buy shoes more often. Good for Nike, but bad for me. Air Bubbles are done for this guy.