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Speaking At The 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention

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Coach Lou Corsetti and I are speaking once again at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention! This will be Lou’s 15th time speaking and my second time.

Coach Lou is speaking to men’s coaches from 9-10AM on Sunday, January 12th on “Progressive Shooting that Becomes the Foundation Of Your Offense“. He’ll be on the demo field explaining how to run progressive shooting drills that encourage players to shoot and look for additional options if denied a good shooting opportunity. He is representing Atlanta Youth Lacrosse and the Riverwood High School Lacrosse Program.

Last year I spoke to youth coaches about getting players to effectively work together as a team. This year I am co-speaking with fellow officials trainer Greg Hite. We are speaking to adult officials about how to better train youth officials from 2-3PM on Saturday, January 11th in our presentation, “Training Youth Officials Without Making Their Heads Explode“. Greg and I are representing our work at Atlanta Lacrosse Official and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association.

We are both looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends in Philly, and making a bunch of new ones!

If I have the time I will try to do some live-blogging of the convention while we are up there.

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New Year, Same Mission!

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New Year, Same Mission

It is a brand new year and AYL is looking forward to another fun and exciting spring season! I want to take a moment and explain the AYL Mission, and the most recent addition to our 4 (now 5) goals each year. As always, if you want more information about Atlanta Youth Lacrosse you can email us at for a timely response.


  • We believe that kids don’t want to come back for another practice, another game, or another season if they aren’t having fun. While we work to maintain a good level of competitiveness between teams at all age-levels, we always come back to – “Is this fun for the kids?” This is why we do watermelon rolls with the young Incredibles, give our STARS plenty of tasty food, and maintain a high level of positive energy with the players, coaches, and parents we interact with.
  • Players typically quit a sport by the time they turn 13 because they aren’t having fun. We don’t want to add to that statistic.


  • We list this second because it has FUN in the name! Fundamentals, the basic skills all players need to be successful as they grow older are a cornerstone of AYL. Our coaches emphasize proper passing and catching, getting low on ground balls, breaking down on defense, and aiming before shooting. We push fundamentals through the whole year because if a player can master a basic skill they’ll have fun in practice and in games. They’ll see their hard work pay off, and will remember how to pick up a ground ball properly for the rest of their lives.
  • We teach our players as young as U9 to try and use their off hand in practice. The sooner they can get comfortable using both hands in a game, the better the overall play.


  • Years ago we ended the traditional All-Star game at the end of the spring season. While we can appreciate young players playing at a high level, we did not think that All-Star teams represented the best of youth lacrosse. So we created the Sportsmanship Game. In this game each team nominates a few players that they believe exhibited the best sportsmanship over the entire season. It could be the most experienced player on the team, or the player in his first year, and that is why we hold the game. Any player can show good sportsmanship, and we want our players to practice both their lacrosse skills and demonstrate good sportsmanship.
  • Lacrosse skills will serve the player on the field, but practicing good sportsmanship at a young age prepares the player for many challenging life events off of it.

Honoring The Game

  • Lacrosse has a history that goes back so far that when a Native American man was asked by a Canadian settler where lacrosse originated he pointed to the rising sun. It was used to settle tribal disputes, celebrate momentous occasions, and (in more recent history) proved to be an exceptional way for young Canadian men to stay in shape and build moral fiber. Now, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States and has been for the last couple of years. It is our obligation as a program to hold ourselves and our players, coaches, and parents to the high standard that the history of this game demands.
  • We want our young players to grow into good young men and since they spend a great deal of their time at our fields and interacting with our staff we owe it to them to demonstrate the right way to go about things.

Educating Everyone

  • This is the new mission for AYL! I’ve spent almost three years writing blog posts and I’ve written almost 300 of them. I’ve been fortunate to have them picked up by both LaxAllStars and US Lacrosse. With this large amount of useful lacrosse knowledge on our site we decided to add “Educating Everyone” to our mission because we feel that the more players, parents, and coaches know about the game, the more fun everyone can have. We added the “Education” tab to our main menu, which organizes the posts into Player, Coach, Parent, and Zebra categories so anyone who wants to learn something can find it quickly.
  • It is a lot of fun to watch a young player have that light-bulb moment when they learn a new skill or understand a challenging idea. Youth players may be where we do the bulk of our education, but we want the adults in our program to have “Ah-Ha!” moments too.

We look forward to seeing many familiar faces and many new ones for the 2014 spring AYL season!

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Experienced Player November Clinics Registration Now Open!

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Coach Lou is putting on a series of four 1 1/2 hour clinics for experienced U11, U13, and U15 lacrosse players. Experienced players are defined as players with at least three (3) full seasons (spring/fall) of playing experience. AYL will be offering beginner/intermediate clinics in December. Dates for those clinics are TBA.

Each clinic is $25 per player if you are registering for individuals clinics. If you want to register for all four clinics the price is $80 for all four.

Clinics available for registration:

  • All Four Clinics (Nov. 5, 7, 12, 14)
    • Becoming an Offensive Threat – Nov. 5
    • Defense vs Offense – Nov. 7
    • Transition Lacrosse – Nov. 12
    • Understanding The Half Field Game – Nov. 14
    • Cost: $80 – Register Here
  • Clinic: Becoming an Offensive Threat
  • Date, Time, & Location: November 5th, 5PM-6:30PM, (Hammond Park)
  • Experienced players will learn:
    • Making the exchange
    • Two man game
    • Effective dodging from wing and behind
    • Finishing shots
    • Stick protection
    • Cost: $25 – Register Here
  • Clinic: Defense vs Offense
  • Date, Time, & Location: November 7th, 5PM-6:30PM, (Hammond Park)
  • Experienced players will learn:
    • One on one techniques
    • Playing the two man game – defense and offense
    • Learning to switch
    • Playing the pick
    • Picking the ball, player, your man
    • Cost: $25 – Register Here
  • Clinic: Transition Lacrosse
  • Date, Time, & Location: November 12th, 5PM-6:30PM, (Hammond Park)
  • Experienced players will learn:
    • The art of the fast break
    • 3 v 2 techniques
    • 4 v 3 techniques
    • 5 v 4 techniques
    • Playing offense when you are man down
    • Great transition drills
    • Cost: $25 – Register Here
  • Clinic: Understanding The Half Field Game
  • Date, Time, & Location: November 14th, 5PM-6:30PM, (Hammond Park)
  • Experienced players will learn:
    • 6 v 6
    • How to slide adjacent and coma in different offensive sets
    • Riding and clearing the ball from half field
    • Playing ahead and how to hold the ball
    • Cost: $25 – Register Here

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