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Coach Lou to speak at the US Lacrosse National Convention

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Baltimore, Maryland

The US Lacrosse Convention is this weekend January 23 to the the 25th.

It is a truly amazing experience to be an attendee at the National Convention.  You get to see the best coaches in the country speak, see new equipment and swag, learn about new rule changes.  You get a chance to catch up with friends and ex-teammates and you are surrounded by one of the best sports organizations in the country…US LACROSSE.

I have many friends at US Lacrosse and they run such a great event.  It is no small task as I have served on the convention committee before and what the people at US Lacrosse do before during and after the event is top notch and first class all the way.

This will mark my 16th time presenting at the convention and I am honored and humbled to be speaking again.  I meet so many great coaches every year and I love that fact that I get to help in some small way.

If you plan on attending I hope to see you and if you can stop in and see my presentation.

Lou Corsetti Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Don’t Settle for 6 on 6: How to Score in an Unsettled Situation Friday 3-4pm

Hope to see you there,


Coach Lou

The Three Most Important Questions?

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As a long time Coach and mentor I came across this article (see below) that I thought was both interesting and thought-provoking.  I pride myself on connecting with young people and I have coached every level of player and almost every type of personality.  The quiet, emotional, difficult, happy-go-lucky, I don’t care, enthusiastic, fiery, sulking, athletic, non athletic, and anxious to name a few.  You name the adjective and I have probably coached it.  And frankly most coaches display these same traits as well as parents.  It’s what makes us part of the human race.

The article asks us three questions:

1.  Who tells us who we are?

2.  Where do we want to go with our lives?

3.  How do we want to get there?

Question one outlines the amount of noise all of us face each day especially young people.  Internet, Social Media, TV, Movies, Advertising etc.  The article stresses that we don’t hear enough of how hard we work, how curious, how to make a positive difference to others.  These forces stress the importance of what we wear, what we buy, who we hang out with how many people like us on Facebook, what college are we going to go to etc.  Instead of substance and character we worry about appearance and material objects.

I relate this to lacrosse because I can catch, throw and shoot with a $35 dollar stick vs the X15 model $200 stick.  Players and parents get to revved up about swag and sticks.  It is important to have good equipment but you don’t need to get a new stick or helmet every season.

Question two is important because  it defines who we are.  I have met many people in life who just go around aimlessly and never really finding a passion for anything.  They chase instant gratification and dollars signs but in the end I believe life is about relationships.  Coaching has allowed me to impact young people’s lives in a positive way.   While I have made many mistakes over the years,  I cherish the moments that I have with all my players.  Some players I may have only coached for a year and others for many seasons.  It is a joy to get a note or a call from them and know that I was part of their life.

Question three the author proclaims is the most important question.  How do want to get there?  He speaks of cheating to get ahead.  Lacrosse like other sports has cheaters.  The player that grabs the ball on the Face-off, illegal stick stringing, thumbing the ball to name a few.  We as players, parents and coaches should praise the players that play by the rules and use hard work and determination to get ahead.  Short cuts never really get you to your destination. 

I don’t profess to know everything there is to know about millennials, baby boomers or X and Y generations.  But these questions are not just unique in today’s day and age.

Socrates once said this about youth:

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

Socrates died in 399 BC.  Think about that for moment.  Here is one of the worlds greatest philosophers complaining about youth during his life.  I would like  more optimistic about our young people then Socrates was.  They have brightness and enthusiasm and I am honored to be around them every day.

As another great Philosopher, Charles Schultz (Peanuts creator) once said “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”


See ya on the field