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Habits of Unhappy People

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I recently read an article titled 22 Habits of Unhappy People.  While reading the article I could not help but think of being an athlete, parent and coach.  I have had the pleasure of coaching thousands of players over the years as well I have had some of the best teammates and friends a person can ask for.  Whether I was coaching or playing I always encountered some form of adversity and the people that handle adversity with poise and confidence are the ones that usually come out on top and the end result is happiness.

As a John Wooden disciple I have read and memorized many quotes and maxims from this wonderful man.  The one that always sticks out is:

Never lie

Never cheat

Never steal

Don’t Whine

Don’t complain

Don’t make excuses

 

While these six simple maxims deal with honesty and adversity using them on a daily basis has helped me with my own happiness and those around me.   The article (link below) struck a cord because almost everything relating to the article is about how to improve yourself or build stronger relationships while dealing with your own happiness.

http://www.infobarrel.com/22_Habits_of_Unhappy_People/2

 

See ya on the field Coach Lou

 

How come my child is not playing and how can I be a better teammate!

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One of our coaches (Dave Regan) recently posted the below article as well my son Gordon posted this article for US Lacrosse yesterday.  I thought they were both important for several reasons.

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse provides a safe environment for all of our players and like anything in life especially as it relates to children we take it seriously.  While we always want to have fun and be competitive we  never want to get in the way of being safety consensus first.

The first article revolves around the world of playing time and allowing young people to face adversity with failure.  All to often we protect our kids and in some cases hurt them in the long run.  As a youth program we want to be conscience of the development of each player but we also want to teach them the rules of the game, sportsmanship, respecting coaches, officials, opponents and their parents.

The article focuses on football but it can be applied to any sport.  This quote stood out for me.

“The thing is that many kids know what they’re good at, and what they’re not good at. When it comes to football, for instance, most of the middle-schoolers or freshman already know the one or two kids who are good enough to play on the varsity team. And be the ones likely to catch the eye of a college recruiter. Their parents do not.

The rest play because they enjoy it, need the discipline, want to belong to a team, have dreamed of it since they were 5 or 6, are trying to make their parents happy, need a varsity sport on their college application, or some combination thereof.”

The rest of the article is very thought provoking and puts things in perspective.

http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/obnoxiousbostonfan/2014/10/were_about_a_month_or.html

Gorden’s article tackles the issue of learning the rules and playing a better brand of lacrosse.  If you notice in our U9 games the official counts to 4 and if the player does not pass the ball it becomes a turnover.  This is not a real rule in lacrosse and can be confusing.  We call this game “Hippo” it does several things:

  1. It forces players to look up field and move the ball
  2. It forces players without the ball to get open for their teammates instead of just standing there
  3. It eliminates the stronger player from the game who can go “coast to coast” with the ball and just score at will.  I call these players the BLACK HOLE.  Once they get the ball their teammates never get it back.

As Gordon highlights we do these things to help the players get a better understanding of the game when it means little.  When you tie it back to Coach Dave’s article it shows the importance of what we learn on the field and how we can be better teammates and develop a way to deal with adversity.  Sports are a great way with dealing with the ups and downs of life and the earlier we learn these lessons that better we will be in the future.

http://www.uslacrosse.org/multimedia-center/blog/postid/781/4-unwritten-rule-ideas-for-improving-youth-boys-lacrosse.aspx

 

See ya on the field!

 

Coach Lou

 

The importance of US Lacrosse Certification

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US Lacrosse

2015 will Mark my 42nd  year playing or coaching the great game of lacrosse.  Lacrosse has given me so many wonderful things over the course of my life,  from bonding with my family to helping young people achieve their goals.  I have had the pleasure to play the game at a high level and sharing championships with my teammates.  I have been honored to speak at the US Lacrosse Convention (15 times) as well as coach the US Lacrosse All-American Classic with some of the best players in the country.  I have given clinics, run camps as well performed many speaking engagements around the country.  I am a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

All of these things are awesome and they make you feel good inside however the most important thing for me is teaching the game and teaching it the right way.

I derive great pleasure in teaching young people our great game and I love watching other sports and coaches so I can become a better coach.  I sometimes watch basketball or hockey games and practices.  I see drills and skills being taught and I have the ability to take someones drill or technique and turn it into a teaching moment for me.

Today I would like to introduce you to the US Lacrosse Certification program.  US Lacrosse is the governing body of the sport but in my humble view the apex of lacrosse training on both the women’s, mens and officials side of the game.   US Lacrosse is partnered with The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) which is the top group of spreading a message of positive reinforcement and sportsmanship.  Components of PCA are part of the US Lacrosse Certification process.

Last Spring I completed the US Lacrosse Level Three Certification which is the highest lacrosse certification you can obtain.

The program is made up of three levels of instruction and at each level you receive expert advice on coaching philosophies, team building, skill development, tactical and positive coaching techniques.  Much of the instruction is taken online and there are a few in person classes you will have to complete.  Trust me it is all very worth it.  You will not only become a better coach you will also become a better person for completing this training.

If you are new to the game or are teaching at a younger age group Level 1 is all you may need.

I have the pleasure of coaching from Pre-K to High School so it was important to me to reach young people at the correct age and skill set.

Listed below are the various levels of certification and a link to get started.  Don’t delay become a better coach today!

Level 1

Level 1 is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. The Level 1 curriculum provides the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills, and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.

Level 2

Level 2 certification is tactically and practically focused. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on building the tactical elements of their team based on overarching principles for offense, defense and transition. The Level 2 curriculum is geared toward coaching players who have an understanding of the basic skills and objectives of the game. Coaches will also learn how practice planning fits into overall tactical objectives for their season.

Level 3

Level 3 certification focuses on high-level tactical and practical skills. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on pregame preparation and tactics of the game. Coaches will also engage in critical thinking activities to build a higher lacrosse IQ for themselves and their team. The Level 3 curriculum is geared toward coaching players that have a deep understanding of the objectives of the game.

 

http://www.uslacrosse.org/participants/coaches/coaching-education-program.aspx

 

See ya on the field,

 

Coach Lou