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Great Weekend of Lacrosse

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I hope everyone enjoyed the weather this weekend on opening day of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse.  Even with spring break taking many families away we still managed to have some very close games and everyone had fun.

It is interesting when you get to spend time with young people and how the interact with each other.  While I know they have enormous amounts of pressure on them it is good to see how much fun they can have it we just let them be kids.

This Friday evening our High School Team (Riverwood Raiders) lost a tough game to the runner ups to last years High School Championship in overtime 9-8.  Before the game I told our players just give it a great effort but to have FUN!.  And they did just that.  They gave a tremendous effort and while they lost they had fun doing it.  After the game many people were down and hanging their heads.

I was smiling ear to ear because I knew our team could not play any better and I know they had fun.  The moment the other team scored and ran on the field I had a thought in my head as what a great moment for both teams.   To be able to compete and understand the thrill of victory and disappointment of losing a tough contest.  I am blessed and lucky as I was able to get back on the field with our first game at 9:00 AM Saturday morning watching our 5/6 grade teams compete in another great contest.

So it does not matter if you win a tough contest…if you do your best and have fun you will always have great memories.

See ya on the field…Coach Lou



Atlanta Youth Lacrosse…Lets Get This Party Started!

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Opening Day of Lacrosse season is always one of the best days of the year.  We find each team ready to spring into action and put what they learned in practice to the test.

Each year (since 1991 – in Atlanta) I have seen the smiles and enthusiasm of our players and coaches and the wonderful way our parents react to their sons/daughters ups and downs.

Our league is built upon a fabric of Responsibility, Caring, Honesty, Service and Sportsmanship.  We adhere to our core values of Fun…Fundamentals…Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game.  All of our coaches and players take this very seriously and it is something that we talk about often.

We will win and lose some games during the year but if you can remember to remain humble in both cases we will be able to teach valuble lessons to each other.

Below is a good story about humility, I believe you wil enjoy it.  Good Luck to everyone and can’t wait to see you all this weekend.

See ya on the field…Coach Lou

One of the core tenets of the martial arts is humility, but unfortunately some practitioners don’t seem to embrace these values and instead insist on being aggressive, arrogant and boastful. If you know someone like this you might want to show them this short story about a wise Zen Master.

It was obvious to the master from the start of the conversation that the professor was not so much interested in learning about Zen as he was in impressing the master with his own opinions and knowledge. As the Zen teacher spoke, the proud man would frequently interrupt him with remarks like “Oh, yes we have that, too” and so on.

Finally, the Zen teacher stopped talking and began to serve tea to the learned man. He poured until the cup was full… and then kept pouring until it overflowed.

“Enough!” the professor once more interrupted. “The cup is overfull, no more will go in!”

“Indeed, I see,” answered the Zen teacher. “Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. If you do not first empty your cup, how can you taste my cup of tea?”

More Streamlined Website For Our Members

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I’ve been doing a lot of research into the Google Analytics of, and I’ve found that most visitors only go to a few particular pages. Because of this I streamlined the AYL website to better reflect what people want to access, and make it easier for our visitors to access their favorite pages.

The main menu has been trimmed down to the six most important options that visitors go to regularly:

  1. Seasons
  2. Schedules
  3. Rosters
  4. Blog
  5. Contact
  6. Register

Each of these pages were visited multiple times by repeated visitors so I wanted to keep them front and center for all of our members.

Next up, the top menu. The Atlanta Coyotes, and S.T.A.R. Volunteer websites were added, along with Mary Jo’s Photobucket Account, and the AYL YouTube Page. Also added was the Directions page, which is visited quite frequently.

I am finally pleased with the look and feel of the AYL website. It has taken three years, a few variations, but I am finally at a stopping point. Now I can get back to what I like doing – writing posts about lacrosse.

Hope everyone likes the site.