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Hot Pot: The Final Push

It’s time to talk about the FINAL PUSH! With the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships just around the corner (they kick off on July 10th!), national teams around the world are preparing harder than ever.

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.

Denver 2014 Final Push Promo Video

The first things are pretty basic, but can create plenty of headaches. Where is the team staying? How will they get around Denver? How many staff members do you have? Do you need extra credentials for the event? How does security work? How many parking passes do we get automatically? How many do we need to buy? Can we use local practice fields for our week of training camp? How can we get all our gear to Denver, and get it there on time?

I know, that’s a LOT to worry about, and we haven’t even talked about what will be going on with the players and coaches when it comes to game planning and team activities!

Beyond those basics, team events and dinners must be planned. Local visits to supporters, friends, and new acquaintances must be sorted. Scrimmages need to be set up. Defensive schemes are being fine tuned. Offensive work will be hot and heavy. Training and conditioning need to continue. The details on the field almost outstrip the details off the field, but without one there is no point in doing the other!

It’s hectic, stressful, and amazing. I’m loving every minute of the challenge.

Many teams are either arriving in Denver now, or will arrive in Denver shortly. They will prep their players, work with coaches, and iron out details. They will make the Final Push, as we are doing, and then lay it all on the line in a series of games. It’s a TON of work to get an event like this off the ground, so we thank everyone who has put in the effort this time around.

Denver 2014 is only a week away. The Final Push is now. Watch 100 World Championship Games here! And make sure you Subscribe the LaxAllStars YouTube Channel for more great lacrosse video!