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Playing Attack – The finer points

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Playing Attack – The finer points

This week we will be talking about the position of attack and some of the nuances to improve as an attack-man.  As a former college attack-man,  I have my views on how the position should be played.  As with any sport,  take in as much as you can by listening to your coaches and watching as many lacrosse games as possible.  Look at players that you admire and try and emulate what they do.  It could be an inside roll, ...

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Cascade Helmet Recall

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Cascade Helmet Recall

Dear players and parents,

Cascade has come up with a solution to certify their helmets with NOCSAE.  It is very important that if you have a Cascade Model R see picture below.  These helmets do not meet safety standards and will be fixed by Cascade.  If your purchase your helmet at a retailer you can ask them and they will ship it to Cascade (free of charge and shipping) to fix the issue.  Because we use Georgia Certified US Lacrosse officials ...

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Position Spotlight – Goalie Play

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Position Spotlight – Goalie Play

Now that the Fall Lacrosse Season has come to an end and College Football is coming to it’s crescendo,  I thought it would be a good idea to highlight each position before the start of the Spring season.

This weeks Spotlight is – Goalie Play

Now there are many different ways to coach goalies and to actually play the position.  Understand that this is the toughest position to play in our beloved-ed game.  It takes a special athlete to play this position ...

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The Three Most Important Questions?

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The Three Most Important Questions?

As a long time Coach and mentor I came across this article (see below) that I thought was both interesting and thought-provoking.  I pride myself on connecting with young people and I have coached every level of player and almost every type of personality.  The quiet, emotional, difficult, happy-go-lucky, I don’t care, enthusiastic, fiery, sulking, athletic, non athletic, and anxious to name a few.  You name the adjective and I have probably coached it.  And frankly most coaches ...

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Lacrosse IQ

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Lacrosse IQ

Over the years playing sports and coaching lacrosse for over 30 years I have heard the term Lacrosse IQ.  Like many coaches, players and parents I am not sure if we all know what it means.  As with anything in life as you get older you experience many things and gather a knowledge base to refer too.  I have tried to put some lacrosse IQ references in this article so you can review them as a player, coach or parent ...

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Habits of Unhappy People

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Habits of Unhappy People

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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 ...

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