Hot Pot

Hot Pot
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.
To focus on the stick of a pro or top level college player too much is a mistake for sure. So how can you get away from caring about your actual stick so much, and start to focus on your stick skills? I've got one simple tip that you may find bizarre, but that you will also love once you try it.
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.
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.

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