At the beginning of October, we showed you Brian Langtry’s makeshift wall ball wall. This week, we show you how John Grant Jr. plays “wall” ball.
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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 exact number of hours is still up for debate, and further statistical analysis is needed, I am confident that the overall point stands: The truly great put in the hours and the effort in order to be truly great.
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!
We caught up with Greg Gurnelian and crew earlier this Summer at one of his Face Off Academy clinics in New Jersey, and later asked him some questions about the art of facing off, why he started the FOA, and what he thinks about the future of specialization at the collegiate level.
Brian Langtry is a really good lacrosse player. Getting there definitely took tons of training, including hours and hours on the wall. And sometimes, not the wall.
We recently learned that Eric Law has taken a job with Denver City Lax, so we sat down with DCL’s Ben Allison to talk about this new hire, and what DCL has in store for the future. The Denver City Lax guys are true Game Growers, and we’re excited to see more professional lacrosse players of Law’s stature getting involved!
While visiting Boise, Idaho, Kyle Harrison spent time teaching local lacrosse players how to appropriately and efficiently shoot the ball while starting with the stick head low and finishing with the ball hitting the top of the net.
I caught up with Greg Gurenlian the other week to cover Team USA tryouts and his Face Off Academy camps and clinics. I also asked Greg to demonstrate the perfect pinch’n’pop face off move, and the Beast delivered, so much so that I think I could actually win a face off using this technique now.
Are there skills that are overlooked when teaching young players? This poster thinks so, and I tend to agree!
I’m back at it with Stick Tricks in the Basement, and while I haven’t added many new tricks, I am now pulling them off with a wooden box lacrosse stick. The woodie makes these tricks much harder. Thankfully, the location is still pretty killer. It slightly makes up for my average display of wizardry.
Matt Schomburg of FoGoLax.net is in Norway right now, putting on clinics and sharing the Beauty of the Face Off Battle. While Schommy was in Scandinavia, he snapped a couple of photos, and it’s clear that LAS is taking of in Norge!
Syracuse lacrosse legend Ryan Powell explains to youth and high school athletes what it takes to become the best lacrosse player on the field.
Casey Powell shares a little something Gary Gait taught him with youth and high school lacrosse players at the first annual Saratoga Springs Lacrosse Shootout in Upstate New York.
Peter Carey put up a video on YouTube featuring Chris Bocklet and Steele Stanwick talking about shooting and scoring goals, and it’s time to listen up, because these guys are two of the better shooters and scorers to ever come out of Virginia! Bocklet tells a great story about being forced to re-learn proper mechanics once he got to college, and Steele like to pretend his stick is a paint brush… why? It’s all about painting pipes!
I was out in Syosset, Long Island, recently and took in a FoGoLax.net camp. I’ll have more from the camp in the next week, but for now I wanted to share some great video I got from the session. It’s just face offs, up close and personal. It might look like an ugly scrap from afar, but up close the Face Off battle is a work of art, and something to behold.