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About Lou Corsetti

Coach Corsetti has had many roles as a local and national lacrosse ambassador. Lou has had the pleasure of coaching 36 All-American Players, 12 Academic All-Americans, over 120 All-State Players (New York and Georgia) and several All-Star teams including the first Lacrosse Team to participate in the Georgia Games in 1993.

Tough enough

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As our spring season draws near I wanted our Mom’s and Dad’s to understand a little different part of the game and how to feel about seeing your son get checked with a stick.

I have seen many things in our beloved-ed game.  I used to hear people say ” I can hit that kid with the stick” or “I love this game, it’s just like Football with sticks”.  I detest comments like these because that is not what the game is about.

lm     Growing up as the youngest of four boys and in a neighborhood of thirty or so boys in a two block radius I got roughed up quite a bit.  My oldest brother would pound my second oldest brother who would pound my third oldest brother who would pound me.  This was a daily occurrence in our house as well as the Sunday afternoon boxing matches in our garage where our Dad played referee.  My Mom hated it and refused to watch and my Dad’s response was “the boys need to learn how to protect themselves”.  I always wondered about my big sister who never had to strap on the gloves… How come she did not need to know how to protect herself.  I love my sister dearly but boy I would have loved to get a few punches in.  Those were sure different times.

Today there is more structure growing up and more social awareness of rough housing.

In the game of lacrosse you will see players get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked.  All of these are fouls in the game of lacrosse but sometimes the officials do not see every infraction and the call is not made.  As a coach and parent you worry about your players as well as your children.  No one wants to see a player injured.  That being said Lacrosse is a very rough game and these infractions will occur regardless of the official.

All of our coaches are instructed to teach the proper fundamentals to each and every player as well as penalties.  We are always looking to help make sure the game is safer for all of our players.

The link below from the Georgia High School Officials Association has some great videos of the rules and fouls that occur in a game.  This is a tremendous resource if you would like to learn more about the game.

http://galaxref.com/training/resources/

I try to tell young kids and older players that you will get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked and you have to deal with it.  This is what I call being “tough enough”.  All to often we want to retaliate or question the official.  The best course of action is to walk away and keep playing hard.  That’s what a gamer does (please understand, I am not talking about a video gamer).  A gamer is someone that plays aggressive hard nosed lacrosse and never gives up constantly pushing himself and his teammates to succeed.

Every child/player is different.  Some players are more aggressive than others.  So when you are watching your child play and you see him get roughed up a little,  don’t get on him for not being tough.  Let him understand that you just need to be “tough enough”

The web site below is a humorous way of describing roughhousing and how important it is for children.

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/02/07/the-importance-of-roughhousing-with-your-kids/

I wish my parents had this resource when I was growing up it would have saved me several trips to the emergency room.

See ya on the field,

 

Coach Lou

 

 

Grit and Resilience

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Mary Jo, sent me an article recently on how soldiers train to be Navy SEAL’s.  While I don’t profess to know anything about military training the article pointed out many things that all of us can do when faced with challenges.
The author points out eight secrets of how to prepare of obstacles we face.  As a coach and former player I believe these all to be true and can help our young Athletes become more confident, improve their skills and prepare themselves for the rigors of practice and games.

  1. Purpose and meaning. It’s easier to be persistent when what we’re doing is tied to something personally meaningful. (being on a TEAM and how important it is to work together)
  2. Make it a game. It’s the best way to stay in a competitive mindset without stressing yourself out. (challenge yourself every day)
  3. Be confident — but realistic. See the challenges honestly but believe in your own ability to take them on. (understand your abilities)
  4. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Grit comes a lot easier when you’ve done the work to make sure you’re ready. (Constantly practice and improve your craft..In the Classroom and on the field)
  5. Focus on improvement. Every SEAL mission ends with a debrief focusing on what went wrong so they can improve. (watch video and take constructive criticism)
  6. Give help and get help. Support from others helps keep you going, and giving others support does the same. (be a great teammate)
  7. Celebrate small wins. You can’t wait to catch the big fish. Take joy where you can find it when good times are scarce. (how many ground balls can I get, did all my shots go on cage, did I sub through the box correctly)
  8. Find a way to laugh. Rangers, SEALs, and scientists agree: a chuckle can help you cope with stress and keep you going. (We play to have fun…period end of story)

Real grit and resilience pays dividends long after the challenges are over. They build bonds that last a lifetime.

Link to the full article http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2015/01/grit/

 

See ya on the field!

Coach Lou

Coach Lou to speak at the US Lacrosse National Convention

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Baltimore, Maryland

The US Lacrosse Convention is this weekend January 23 to the the 25th.

It is a truly amazing experience to be an attendee at the National Convention.  You get to see the best coaches in the country speak, see new equipment and swag, learn about new rule changes.  You get a chance to catch up with friends and ex-teammates and you are surrounded by one of the best sports organizations in the country…US LACROSSE.

I have many friends at US Lacrosse and they run such a great event.  It is no small task as I have served on the convention committee before and what the people at US Lacrosse do before during and after the event is top notch and first class all the way.

This will mark my 16th time presenting at the convention and I am honored and humbled to be speaking again.  I meet so many great coaches every year and I love that fact that I get to help in some small way.

If you plan on attending I hope to see you and if you can stop in and see my presentation.

Lou Corsetti Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Don’t Settle for 6 on 6: How to Score in an Unsettled Situation Friday 3-4pm

Hope to see you there,

 

Coach Lou