Why Wall Ball is so important

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Over the years many players have heard me discuss the importance of Wall Ball.  Many coaches talk about it and many players say they do it.  Truth be told players just don’t do it enough and if they do they are doing it incorrectly.

I have seen the game grow by leaps and bounds since the inception of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse in the early nineties.  High School lacrosse was born from our days at Murphy Chandler Park.  We now have thousands of young people playing the game and Atlanta was just awarded a two new pro teams The Georgia Swarm (NLL) and the Georgia Blaze MLL.  Not to mention the ACC Championships will be held in Atlanta for the first time.

If you have an opportunity to talk with any pro player or NCAA player they will tell you the following:

  1. Play Wall Ball
  2. I still play Wall Ball

Let that sink for a minute.

Now I don’t profess to know if any of our players will be the next Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alum) or join the ranks of players that have played in College.  What I do know is the path to a successful High School career is to play as much Wall Ball as possible.

If you can’t catch and throw the game is just not as fun.  If we put down the video games for the next three months and get on the Wall you will see a marked improvement in your game.

Over the next few weeks I will be doing free Wall Ball Clinics to show players the proper way to perform a Wall Ball routine in hopes that all of our players sign up for the Wall Ball Challenge.  Listed below are links for you to meet the Challenge:

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-drills

http://ayllax.com/how-to-earn-your-shirt

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-fundamentals

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-how-to-tv-videos Rick Lewis former player for Ohio State who played on first travel Team Georgia for Coach Corsetti

I trust every player will read this post and take the Challenge to improve their game and have fun with it.

See ya on the field.

 

Coach Lou

Lets get going…Fall Ball is here

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We began our Fall Ball season this weekend along with the start of College Football.  It was great to see so many of our players and families during Labor Day weekend to the start of Fall Ball.

As I stated during our pre-clinic team gathering’s Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Fall Ball is vey different then other programs.  We don’t have practices for several reasons:

  1. Players may be playing other Fall sports (Spring is the season for full bore LACROSSE)
  2. Commit to being the best student possible.  Achive academic greatness
  3. Trying to avoid burnout and over committment to one sport
  4. Giving our Moms and Dad’s a break so they are not driving during rush hour to get to practice
  5. Giving our volunteer coaches a break so they can have quality family time during the fall
  6. Our S.T.A.R program (Students That Accept Responsiblity) – a mentoring program that allows students to garner volunteer hours while helping our younger players to succeed
  7. Did I mention it’s College Football season 🙂

We stress to experience players to work on their off-hand or try a new position while improving their overall skills.  We ask our beginning players to perform Wall Ball routines (see link below) as well we encourage all players to participate in weekly progressive clinics http://ayllax.com/fall-clinics

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-how-to-tv-videos

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse prides itself on “Fun, Fundmentals, Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game”.  We take this very seriously and we want every player and family to enjoy themselves each and every weekend.

If you know of a player that is interested in playing this fall please have them visit our web site www.ayllax.com or fill out the attached contact form http://ayllax.com/contact we have limited spots available.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at our games next weekend for Youth and High School contests.

See ya on the field…MJ and Coach Lou

 

 

It’s all about the Snow Cone!

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Well the summer tournament season has passed and we had an opportunity to meet new friends and strengthen relationships with older friends, officials, coaches and opponents.

Unlike the Spring and Fall Seasons, Summer Lacrosse is a whole different animal.  I see teams that call themselves:

  • Elite
  • Select
  • All-Stars
  • Masters of the Universe

At the end of the day it should be FUN and enjoyable for all those involved.  I have been involved for the last 13 years with tournament teams and I have seen some interesting things.  Parents and Coaches screaming at refs (I slipped a few times during my coaching career), Players bending the rules and playing chippy, Officials who have no business officiating at higher levels, over zealous Coaches and sometimes fist-a-cuffs between players and yes even fans.

Now I don’t want to dwell on the negative because I have seen terrific officials explain things to young men and even patrol the sideline to explain to a group of parents his last call.  I have seen kids pat and opponent on the back for a good play and help them up after a body check.  I have seen and have had fun with other coaches bantering on the sidelines together.  I have heard parents yell to an opposing goalie “Great Save”.

My son Gordon wrote something to me the other day reminding me that we don’t own the game we are just stewards of the game.

“We can do all of this because we acknowledge that lacrosse is not ours.  As stewards we only take care of lacrosse, we do not own it. It does not belong to us. It belongs to the player, the mother and father, the fan, the coach, and the official.   But even that isn’t true. It belongs to the next player, the next mother and father, the next fan, the next coach, and the next official.

Our U11 Coyote team recently won a tournament and to put it all in perspective they only cared if Coach Owen was going to buy them snow cones.  So the Tournament Directors were trying to round up 22 U11 players so they could take a picture of them and give them their champion medallions.  At least 12 of the players were chasing Coach Owen down screaming “Owen, Owen, Owen”.  I could not stop laughing and it put it all in perspective for me.  Win or Lose, It’s always about the snow cone!

u11 champs