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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

 

You win some and you lose some. Putting it into perspective.

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Well another summer season is coming to a close and this year has a been a whirlwind of activity.

Our Coyote teams have done well and our new program the Road Runners showed grit and resolve.  They did not win any games in the two tournaments they entered but they did get better which was the intent when several booster clubs and parents asked if we could put together a development team.

It still amazes me how caught up we get in winning a tournament and the behavior of adults and sometimes players during these contests.  Luckily most of our players and parents have been brought up with our tenets ” Fun, Fundamentals, Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game”.  While we all have our moments and sometimes stray off path it is refreshing to see that our message shines through from our youngest to oldest players.

Our entire Coyote and Road Runner programs were given the Sharyn Price Memorial Sportsmanship award voted on by the lacrosse officials at the Southern Open.  When Coach Price gave us this award I was thrilled.  I have had the pleasure of being honored for many things in my sports career as a player and coach.  No award comes close to this because it shows that all the hard work Mary Jo and I do for our program pays off with such a tremendous honor.

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Lacrosse is a physical, mental and emotional game and it has to be played with pride and enthusiasm.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of coaching against two friends in the playoffs of the Southern Open Lacrosse Tournament.  Brian Dowd who coached a very good Birmingham team and Frank Cecere my childhood friend from West Babylon who I sweated and bleed with while we were Captains of our High School Football and Lacrosse Teams.

Franks team was put together for Jamie McHenry a young man who tragically lost his life two years ago.  Jamie wore number 8 and Frank formed Team 8 to keep Jamie’s memory alive.

Both teams were raring to go before the face-off and Frank and I gathered the teams at midfield to talk about Jamie and carry on his memory with a friendly game of lacrosse.  Both teams competed hard and worked their tails off.

I think we both honored Jamie and his families legacy with a hard fought game and putting it all into perspective.  Lacrosse is not about wins and loses it’s about respect and the lifetime relationships you build.

God speed Jamie 🙂  Coach Frank and Coach Lou