My son Gordon Corsetti who is the Manager, of Men’s Officials Development for US Lacrosse sent me this interesting article regarding the lost art of fundamentals.
As a long time coach, I cringe when I see players not having the skills to improve their game but more importantly not having fun because they can’t catch and pass the ball, scoop a ground ball or check properly.
If you can’t master the fundamentals how can you get creative by throwing a stick fake or a behind the back pass or shot.
Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Coaches try and teach the sport the correct way and it starts with the fundamentals of our sport.
Each week I see a vast improvement of our players skill sets and it fills me with pride as our players are having fun as well as learning the basics of the game.
You have seen us implement the US Lacrosse LADM (Long Term Athlete Development) model with our Incredible program as well as our small sided games for U11 and below players. The players get more touches on the ball as well we have the four-second rule the forces players to get open and pass the ball to their teammates. Along with our NO RAKING rule in the Fall these small adjustments in the game help all of our players improve their skills.
I coach a high school team locally and I watched several JV games the last few weeks prior to our contests. The opposing teams players had major difficulty doing simple tasks like catching and throwing and frankly many of our youth players had better fundamental skills than they did.
This goes back to the article above you can have all the fancy uniforms you want and play for a travel team if you can’t catch and throw you won’t have any success.
See ya on the field…Coach Lou