It's Monday, and that means you're probably going over and over what happened in your games this past weekend. We are too. Hopefully all your players performed up to expectations. We found this advice from 3 great coaches that will hopefully stick in your mind when you're on the sidelines with your players at your next game.
At Lax Library, we love hearing stories about individuals who share in our mission to "Grow the Game" of lacrosse. We heard this story last week about an inspiring mom who saved her son's lacrosse team in their hometown of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania by becoming the coach and learning the game.
Whether it's the increased focus on safety, new rules for "quick restarts," or the influence of Canadian Box Lacrosse, the game is changing. Here's a list of the current trends we here at Lax Library believe will help coaches prepare players for the modern game.
"Find" is a great term we have heard good coaches using in games for a few years now. In today's Lax Lingo, we'll look at how this simple one-word tool can help your players react and respond quickly on the field.
The sport of lacrosse is always evolving, and even the simplest drills sometimes need to be shaken up. Today, coaches at camps, clinics, and practices all across the nation are rethinking one of the most basic and familiar drills in the game--the Man/Ball Drill--and working with players to think ball first, hit second. Read more
We go to a lot of youth and high school lacrosse practices where the players are all standing in line, or just jogging through line drills, throwing lazy, arching passes. It's painful to watch. One way to inject some intensity and competitiveness into any practice is to keep score. Keeping score can make any part of practice literally "count for something"- goals, ground balls, turnovers, Clears, etc. can all be counted as points somehow.
The Long-Stick Midfielder (LSM) is a very exciting position in lacrosse that has been getting some pretty good attention the last few years, having big impacts in big games, and putting together some very nice highlights.
Lacrosse is growing in popularity at a very impressive rate, both in the US and around the world. We have heard from parents in places like Colorado, Kansas City, even in the South, that are pulling their kids out of football because of the concussion risk and are looking for something else for their kids to play. In a developing area, where Lacrosse is a relatively new sport, this can seem like a flood of new players. And we all know what happens when someone starts playing lacrosse. They get totally hooked. We see it all the time.
Most of us here at Lax Library leave work early almost every day in the spring. Most of us are also Officials. There's usually an off-season high school league or some men's club ball or youth indoor game somewhere in the evening or on the weekends. We are very lucky to live in such a lacrosse-rich environment.
Every lacrosse player born in the US has gotten plenty of stick skill instruction on how and when to use the stick on both sides of the body. Now, more youth players are growing up playing both Box and Field Lacrosse, and having some really great success with it.