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And another reason why we coach

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And another reason why we coach

Over the years people have asked me why I coach.  A good deal of my answers revolve around the fun I have watching young people excel at something that they are passionate about.

It could be the first time they pick up a ground ball, score their first goal, make a nice check or a great save.  Sometimes it is the thrill of being in a close game and trying to make all the correct decisions to give your team the ...

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Pretty Cool Stuff

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Pretty Cool Stuff

I recently received this letter (see below) from the Atlanta Blaze and former Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alumni Scott Ratliff.  I am thrilled to be mentioned in the letter as the author Scott Ratliff holds a special place in my heart.

I have coached thousands of players over the last 35  years and many of them are truly remarkable people.  Some went on to be be great college players some became doctors, teachers, chefs, business owners, attorneys, writers, lacrosse coaches, officials and ...

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Putting it in perspective

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Putting it in perspective

I came across this wonderful article (see below link) a few days ago and thought it would be a good time to post it.

Kate Leavell from US Lacrosse,  wrote this this very thoughtful piece which puts things into perspective when talking about youth sports.

I have been coaching for over 35 years and I have seem many things.

Some things make me scratch my head and others make me smile ear to ear.   I was having a conversation with one of our ...

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Warning…Wear all of your equipment

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Warning…Wear all of your equipment

Over the years I have seen players alter their equipment in hope to feel lighter or less restricted.  As we begin the AYL season we really need to make sure that all players have the proper equipment.  I recommend to all parents and players to wear every piece of legal equipment that they can.  This includes rib guards for attackmen and midfielders.  There is no reason ever to alter your equipment and if you do the officials can eject you ...

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Father & Son

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Father & Son

As many of us in the game of lacrosse have learned as a father and son and in my case vice a versa.  My son Gordon who is the Manager of Men’s Officials Education at US Lacrosse the Governing Body and Education leader of our sport.  I learn so much from him every time we talk and frankly he has made me a better coach.  I am really proud of him and the young man he has become.

Growing up I ...

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Face-off – Positioning

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Face-off – Positioning

Here is another great video with 2015 MLL MVP Greg Gurenlian.  Greg has been generous with his time with US Lacrosse to allow my son Gordon to help with the finer points of facing-off.

This weeks video in on Face-Off Positioning.

Thanks again Greg and Gordon for a job well done.

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Thank Goodness for smart thinking

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Thank Goodness for smart thinking

The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association recently voted unanimously to stop the recruiting madness by not allowing players to commit to playing until their junior year (see article below).  This comes on the heals of the IWLCA (Women’s Coaches Association)  who voted on this same topic a few weeks ago.  This is a breath of fresh air provided the NCAA goes along with the process and makes this happen.  Now young people can mature and develop without having the stress ...

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US Lacrosse…always playing by the rules!

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US Lacrosse…always playing by the rules!

My son Gordon who runs officiating training for US Lacrosse in Baltimore recently published a face-off video (listed below) with Greg Gurenlian The 2015 MVP of the MLL.

Greg who runs Face-Off Academy is arguably one of the best face-off players in the world.  What is more impressive is he won the 2015 USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year.  This is important to note because in the video he shows officials how they can spot a cheater at the Face-Off X.

I ...

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