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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.

Team USA vs. MLL All-Stars 2014 MLL All-Star Game Photo Credit: Casey Kermes final push

Hot Pot: The Final Push

0 - Published July 2, 2014 by in Denver 2014, Hot Pot

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.

pride and character New York Lizards vs. Charlotte Hounds 6.21.14 Photo Credit: Casey Kermes

Hot Pot: Pride and Character

0 - Published June 25, 2014 by in Hot Pot

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.

Hot Pot: Create Your Own Training Day

0 - Published May 28, 2014 by in Hot Pot, Training

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.

Hot Pot: Making A Playoff Run

0 - Published May 21, 2014 by in College, Featured, Hot Pot

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.

Hot Pot: Win Or Go Home

0 - Published May 14, 2014 by in Hot Pot

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?

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: 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.