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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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Thank Goodness for smart thinking

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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 that comes along with getting recruited.  All too often players and their parents listen to the hype or jump program to program in search of the next shiny thing.  I have seen a lot during my over 40 years involved in our great sport and 90 percent of it is great and 10 percent makes you wonder what the world is coming to.  We have freshman and sophomores committing to colleges and universities and they have not played a single minute of high school varsity lacrosse.  The insanity had to stop at some point.   We have many wonderful people who help guide our players during the process and there are many unscrupulous club programs that promise the moon and the stars.  I am so glad that the NCAA coaches have come to this monumental decision.

I talk to college coaches along with several of my colleagues that coach High School lacrosse on a weekly basis and they could not me more thrilled.  I believe all coaches (college, high school and club) were doing a disservice to these players because they are just not developed enough.  As the sport of lacrosse started to explode a few years ago it became an arms race to get as many kids in your program as you possible.  Whoever had the ability to stick to it college coaches could roll the dice.

Many of my coaching brethren when we played did not commit to playing in college until junior and sometimes fall of our senior years.  I know that was the case for me and I am glad for it.  I was not mature enough to make a choice like that and it was a hard decision as senior.  Think about if you were a freshman.

So parents, players, fans and coaches take heed.  Do your research and find out the best college choice for you.  It’s a 4o to 50 year decision and you don’t have to make it as a 9th or 10th grader.

Kudo’s to the IMLCA for recognizing this fault and putting corrective measures in place.

 

IMLCA Article

 

See ya on the field!

 

Coach Lou