Author Archives: Lou Corsetti

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.

Habits of Unhappy People

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I recently read an article titled 22 Habits of Unhappy People.  While reading the article I could not help but think of being an athlete, parent and coach.  I have had the pleasure of coaching thousands of players over the years as well I have had some of the best teammates and friends a person can ask for.  Whether I was coaching or playing I always encountered some form of adversity and the people that handle adversity with poise and confidence are the ones that usually come out on top and the end result is happiness.

As a John Wooden disciple I have read and memorized many quotes and maxims from this wonderful man.  The one that always sticks out is:

Never lie

Never cheat

Never steal

Don’t Whine

Don’t complain

Don’t make excuses

 

While these six simple maxims deal with honesty and adversity using them on a daily basis has helped me with my own happiness and those around me.   The article (link below) struck a cord because almost everything relating to the article is about how to improve yourself or build stronger relationships while dealing with your own happiness.

http://www.infobarrel.com/22_Habits_of_Unhappy_People/2

 

See ya on the field Coach Lou

 

How come my child is not playing and how can I be a better teammate!

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Everyone

One of our coaches (Dave Regan) recently posted the below article as well my son Gordon posted this article for US Lacrosse yesterday.  I thought they were both important for several reasons.

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse provides a safe environment for all of our players and like anything in life especially as it relates to children we take it seriously.  While we always want to have fun and be competitive we  never want to get in the way of being safety consensus first.

The first article revolves around the world of playing time and allowing young people to face adversity with failure.  All to often we protect our kids and in some cases hurt them in the long run.  As a youth program we want to be conscience of the development of each player but we also want to teach them the rules of the game, sportsmanship, respecting coaches, officials, opponents and their parents.

The article focuses on football but it can be applied to any sport.  This quote stood out for me.

“The thing is that many kids know what they’re good at, and what they’re not good at. When it comes to football, for instance, most of the middle-schoolers or freshman already know the one or two kids who are good enough to play on the varsity team. And be the ones likely to catch the eye of a college recruiter. Their parents do not.

The rest play because they enjoy it, need the discipline, want to belong to a team, have dreamed of it since they were 5 or 6, are trying to make their parents happy, need a varsity sport on their college application, or some combination thereof.”

The rest of the article is very thought provoking and puts things in perspective.

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/obnoxiousbostonfan/2014/10/were_about_a_month_or.html

Gorden’s article tackles the issue of learning the rules and playing a better brand of lacrosse.  If you notice in our U9 games the official counts to 4 and if the player does not pass the ball it becomes a turnover.  This is not a real rule in lacrosse and can be confusing.  We call this game “Hippo” it does several things:

  1. It forces players to look up field and move the ball
  2. It forces players without the ball to get open for their teammates instead of just standing there
  3. It eliminates the stronger player from the game who can go “coast to coast” with the ball and just score at will.  I call these players the BLACK HOLE.  Once they get the ball their teammates never get it back.

As Gordon highlights we do these things to help the players get a better understanding of the game when it means little.  When you tie it back to Coach Dave’s article it shows the importance of what we learn on the field and how we can be better teammates and develop a way to deal with adversity.  Sports are a great way with dealing with the ups and downs of life and the earlier we learn these lessons that better we will be in the future.

http://www.uslacrosse.org/multimedia-center/blog/postid/781/4-unwritten-rule-ideas-for-improving-youth-boys-lacrosse.aspx

 

See ya on the field!

 

Coach Lou

 

The importance of being a S.T.A.R.

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Today I am writing about the importance of being a S.T.A.R.

The definition of a S.T.A.R is listed below but the importance of being a S.T.A.R.  goes beyond a simple definition.  Several years ago Mary Jo and I were running a clinic at a home for children that were wards of the state.  She was taking pictures (there’s a surprise) and I was coaching.  These kids come from very tragic backgrounds and many were homeless.  The kids took to lacrosse like any of the thousands we have come in contact over the last twenty or so years.  We all had a blast and left them with smiles on their faces.

On the way home we were just talking about the experience and that’s when MJ came up with the idea of S.T.A.R.S.  How could we get our players to help others while involving what they love…the game of lacrosse.  The S.T.A.R program is one of the most positive things we do as a youth sports organization.  The responsibility of the program comes from the student/athlete and they must communicate their desire to be part of the program.  Their parents don’t get involved and we have dozens if young people who are part of the program each weekend.  It helps them with leadership opportunities, taking ownership, communication and mentoring young people.

S.T.A.R.S get the opportunity to be coaches, officials, score keepers and if teams need extra players they get to play sometimes.  Watching them every weekend interacting on field gives me a thrill and a sense of pride that they are impacting others in a positive fashion.

Check out the web site when you have time…we are always looking for the next Shinning S.T.A.R

http://ayllax.com/stars

 

S.T.A.R.s – Students That Accept Responsibility

Our STAR’s are upstanding members of the community that recognize the value of volunteering their time and energy to provide a wonderful experience to everyone who comes out to enjoy lacrosse. As the name implies, we cultivate a culture of responsibility at our fields where our volunteers are expected to show up on time, work hard, engage with the players and coaches, assume leadership roles and, most importantly, have fun.

 

See ya on the field,

 

MJ and Coach Lou