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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.

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Is it Safe?

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Is it Safe?

As a high school coach as well as youth coach (Lacrosse & Football) my paramount concern before we step on the field is player safety.  Ask any coach and official what the most important thing is and they should answer unanimously SAFETY.   If you do not have a safe environment to play in you will run the risk of injury to all the players and possibly the fans and officials.

The GHSA (Georgia High School Athletic Association) takes great pains to insure all coaches are ...

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Always Play 4 Each Other

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Always Play 4 Each Other

I am pleased to announce that John Gibson one of our STAR (Students That Accept Responsibility) volunteers has been awarded the prestigious APIVEO (Always Play Four Each Other) Player of the Month Award.  John has been a standout player from our youth program as well as our summer travel team the Coyotes.  Everyone knows what a big heart John (Gibby) possesses but his desire to be a better person and help others is what sets him apart.  John was chosen ...

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Do the math

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Do the math

I came across this web site recently (http://www.scholarshipstats.com/lacrosse.html) and I thought it was great information to share with our players and parents.    The web site shows the number of Division I, II and III programs in the country (Division III does not award scholarships) as well as the tuition costs, room and board costs, number of athletic scholarships, roster size, SAT scores for admission and the financial assistance percentage each player receives on average.  I speak with and meet ...

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