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Putting it in perspective

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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 parents a few weeks ago and we were

talking about the pressure for kids to play year round sports or if they miss a season their child will fall behind.  She said her husband was told if their son missed baseball this spring

he would be way behind his peers.  Her response was classic and made me crack up “He is freaking seven for Pete’s sake”.

All to often we feel the need to push our young players into something that they:

  1. Don’t want
  2. Don’t get enjoyment out of

While it is important to guide our young people it is also important to make sure they are having fun and developing.  We should embrace the fact that they are passionate about something that is bigger than they are.

I highly recommend that you read this article.  It may give you a fresh meaning on another aspect of sports that we sometimes miss as parents and coaches.

Parents enjoy the moment article

See ya on the field!

 

Coach Lou

Warning…Wear all of your equipment

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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 from the game.

This includes:

  • Helmet
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Arm Pads
  • Gloves
  • (Properly Fitted) Mouth Piece
  • Athletic Supporter and Protective Cup (See article below)

This link shows pictures of all equipment necessary to play the game of lacrosse in the field and as a Goalie http://ayllax.com/seasons/required-equipment

Coach Kopelman sent me this article Always wear a Cup  which reiterates the importance of wearing a protective cup.  As you can see in the video and the picture not wearing a protective cup could have devastating results.

See ya on the field!

Coach Lou

Father & Son

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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 was the only kid in my neighborhood that played lacrosse at an early age.  Most of my peers played baseball when the spring roiled around.  Lacrosse got into my blood in the 7th grade and it has has been a wonderful journey ever since.  When I got in to coaching thirty plus years ago I did not think I would be where I am today.

Gordon and I have great discussions about the finer points of the game.  I cherish our talks about rules, players, coaches, parents and fans.  Gordon was a very good player growing up and one of the smartest I have been around.  He was not physically imposing as an LSM or close defender yet he understood his limitations was well as his strengths.  He thought several passes ahead before they actually happened.  He was a student of the game and trained very hard each and every season.

Like any father I miss watching him play but I so enjoy our conversations about the game.

In two weeks we will both be speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore on January 22nd to the 24th.  You can follow us on Twitter at # Laxcon as well as Coach Lou.  This marks the 17th time I will be speaking at the National Convention and the third time Gordon and I will be speaking during the event.

The Lacrosse Convention is the largest gathering of Men’s and Women’s Coaches and Officials in the world with over 7000 attendees.  The event is always well run and to me it really begins the lacrosse season because you learn so much.

I know everyone has ups and downs in life but being part of something bigger than you is always a source of pride.  I look forward to seeing my son and many of my friends in the coaching and officiating world.

Wish us luck

 

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