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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.

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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 […]

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Hot Pot: The Real Swag

0 - Published October 23, 2013 by in Gear, Hot Pot

There is something to be said for basic, get-down-to-business apparel, both athletic and otherwise. I don’t mind that there are so many manufacturers of apparel out there, but I am slightly concerned that the focus isn’t where it needs to be most of the time. In fact, I’m pretty sure we’re starting to get to […]

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Hot Pot: How To Spend 10,000 Hours

0 - Published October 16, 2013 by in Hot Pot, Training

The 10,000 hour rule is an interesting concept. Malcolm Gladwell raised the idea a number of times in the book Outliers, and the theory basically states than any “master” of a particular discipline has put in at least 10,000 hours of dedicated work to learn and perfect their skill set within that discipline. While the […]

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Hot Pot: Challenge Yourself

0 - Published October 9, 2013 by in Hot Pot, Training

How can lacrosse players ensure that they are improving and keeping up with top national level lax talent, even if their local barometer is a little cloudy? It’s all about challenging yourself!

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Hot Pot: Government Shutdown Impacts College Lacrosse

0 - Published October 2, 2013 by in Hot Pot, NCAA

The Government Shutdown: Almost a million employees have been put on furlough or will be paid at a later date, federal parks have shut down, and passport delays are imminent. On a less national scale, the US Service Academies are suspending athletics on campus, and this obviously impacts lacrosse in a major way.

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Hot Pot: Don’t Throw It All Away…

0 - Published September 25, 2013 by in Hot Pot, Motivation

Success in life is all about finding an opportunity, and then pushing that chance to the limit with honest dedication and passion. Shortcuts and divergent paths are always present, and staying on the straight and narrow is a constant battle in our society. Keeping your sights set on the bigger picture is easier said than […]

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Hot Pot: Rethinking The NCAA Finals

0 - Published September 18, 2013 by in Hot Pot, NCAA

I have truly enjoyed reading every word of Gordon Corsetti’s three part series on The Original Game. Each post has been a learning experience, and I’ve been surprised at just how much the original game has helped shape (and still shapes!) the modern version of field lacrosse. While there are a number of great old […]

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Hot Pot: National vs. Local Club Teams

0 - Published September 11, 2013 by in High School, Hot Pot

Someone recently posed this question to me: Are there national lacrosse brands? This question was asked in reference to club programs, specifically high school club teams, rather than to “brands” in the sense of gear manufacturers. So, are there “national lacrosse brands,” and if so, are they better than local club teams?

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Hot Pot: Team USA Gripes & Video

0 - Published September 4, 2013 by in Hot Pot

When it comes to legitimate Team USA training team selection gripes… I actually don’t have any. Sure, a couple of my personal favorites got cut, and while Kevin Rowen wasn’t perfect with his predictions, he sure was close! At the end of the day, it’s hard to really complain about the guys who are moving […]

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Hot Pot: The Power Of Two

0 - Published August 28, 2013 by in Hot Pot, Training

One man can accomplish a good deal on his own. With hard work and dedication, almost anything is possible, but it rarely comes easy. A team, or large group can accomplish much more, but that’s not always an option… Sometimes it’s just you and a friend. Let’s talk about The Power Of Two!

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Hot Pot: I Love Open Tryouts!

0 - Published August 21, 2013 by in College, Hot Pot

Decades ago, Open Tryouts for college lacrosse teams were much more common than they are now. A coach might have known that he was getting a couple of star players each year, but pulling athletes from the general student body was a time honored tradition, and one that yielded some excellent players and, eventually, some […]

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Hot Pot: Fighting The Right Way

0 - Published August 14, 2013 by in Hot Pot

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Fighting alone isn’t the biggest problem in box lacrosse. In my opinion, fighting is much more a symptom of a rough, and often under-referreed game, where players can take unseen liberties, and possibly inflict serious bodily harm through the pace of play. As it stands now, […]

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Hot Pot: The Next Tucker Durkin

0 - Published August 7, 2013 by in High School, Hot Pot

Tucker Durkin’s high school highlight tape quickly became a thing of legend (at least in my mind) because of the sheer ferocity on display. Durkin thinks man first, and makes the opposition pay time and time again. If you haven’t seen it, it’s truly worth a watch or ten. He just knocks over everybody out […]

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Hot Pot: I LOVE This Kid’s Game!

0 - Published July 31, 2013 by in High School, Hot Pot

Lacrosse standouts at younger ages are often the bigger kids, or the best natural athletes, but that isn’t always the case… in fact, sometimes you see a kid who lacks BOTH size AND speed, and yet he STILL manages to impress. This is one of those cases…