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An Incredible Trip

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An Incredible Trip

I went to Denver to ref games, and I came back with an entirely new perspective on lacrosse. I knew that lacrosse was played outside of North America, but it is one thing to know that and another thing to witness. I got to see thousands of people cheering on their teams in languages I did not understand. I got to see Team Uganda win it’s first ever game in international competition in a one-goal, come-from-behind victory. I got to watch ...

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We Forgot

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We Forgot

This post was inspired by The New York Times Article “Sports Should Be Child’s Play

We forgot how hard the game was starting off. We got to a point after a few years of playing where the game clicked and now we have trouble relating to those who don’t get it yet. We lost the perspective we had as children putting on unfamiliar equipment and stepping onto a large playing surface. We ...

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No Biting

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No Biting

I never thought I’d have a reason to write a post titled “No Biting” but I was wrong. Luis Suarez of Uruguay was recently suspended for nine matches and four months for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup match. That is quite the hefty suspension, but considering Suarez was suspended twice before for biting an opponent I’m ...

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That’s A Stupid Rule

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That’s A Stupid Rule

“That’s stupid.”, “That’s a stupid rule.”, “We don’t use those rules, they’re stupid.”

When I hear these comments from players, coaches, fans, parents, program administrators, or tournament organizers I always take a breath to settle myself. This prevents me from starting an argument that I have no hope of winning. I usually hear the following from each group:

  • A player after calling him for withholding when he loses his crosse with the ball in it:
    • “What?! I get a chance to get my ...
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Reviewing Impact Mouthguards

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Reviewing Impact Mouthguards

The ability to connect with good people making amazing products through our interconnected world continues to amaze me. My post “Maintain Your Mouth Guards” generated a solid number of views to the AYL blog. One of those views was Jeff Lyle with Impact Mouthguards at impactmouthguards.com, and he reached out to me after reading the article to discuss having Impact Mouthguards provide a discount to AYL members for their custom ...

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Go Get Some Rest

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Go Get Some Rest

To any U9-U17 player who reads my posts I have one message for you as the spring season comes to a close this weekend: Go get some rest. Take a break. Chill out. Slow down. Put your feet up. Take a breather.

Rest has become increasingly taboo in our culture. It’s as if slowing down for a moment means we are wasting time that we could be putting towards some useful pursuit, but rest is critical for sustained performance over time. ...

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More Games! More Games! More Games!

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More Games! More Games! More Games!

With the end of the regular season almost upon us everyone’s attention is turning towards summer travel ball. I have several trips in the works to officiate different summer tournaments because it is a great way for me to stay in touch with many of my officiating friends in different states. I was also fortunate to be selected to officiate the festival games in Denver that are going on alongside the 2014 World Lacrosse Championships, ...

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Please Remember

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Please Remember

I like to read up on articles about youth sports, and while searching for new posts there is a good chance I’ll come across a “Please Remember” sign like this one:

please-remember

There are all sorts of variations. Yankees for baseball leagues, Blackhawks for hockey leagues, Patriots for football leagues. Pretty much all of these signs are meant to be humorous reminders of a serious issue – that we are watching little kids playing ...

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