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Getting started on recruiting!

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Over the years I have helped many players make the move to the College Level.  Sometimes it is a simple call, email to a coach.  Other times I sit down with the entire family to discuss the opportunities for the player.  Being realistic of your opportunity is one of the most important aspects of the journey.  Also being honest about your talent level as well as where you think you can play is also important.

The great thing about our sport is there is a place to play for everyone.  From Club Lacrosse to NCAA DI, DII and DIII.  Some players even play a year of prep-school (PG year).

I read the article below and it gives a good outline on preparing for the next step.

As Coaching Director or the Atlanta Coyotes and now the Roadrunners I have an extensive document on the recruiting process that I share with all of our club team players and parents.

Take and opportunity to read the article which I am sure it will help you on your journey to the next level.

Take Charge of Your College Recruiting:

If you are an athlete looking to play college level lacrosse, planning should be underway NOW… That’s right. Whether you are a Rising Freshmen or a Senior planning graduation, you should be taking the initiative in planning your future.
The earlier you start and the more actively you take charge, the more your future will meet YOUR goals.  Don’t sit back and let the interest of a pool of coaches determine the full range of your options.
Seeking to use your athletic achievements in college requires that you start your search early – as early as possible – since you have to factor time to identify colleges and elicit coach interest.
Start early – Be Active!


  • An excellent way to begin your search is with collegedata.com.  It offers a matching service which includes your preferences for region, size of college and community, major, sport choice, financial support and much more.  Simply complete the form, and it returns a list of colleges and links that provides a strong starting point for your college search.
  • The standard in college search is Petersons.com which has long provided information and online tools for identifying colleges of interest.
  • Once you identify a range of schools you can get the “inside scoop” from sites such as College Confidential, a source of student comments on their colleges.  This site offers a wide ranging set of search criteria.  Of particular note is the AI Calculator for consideration of Ivy and similar schools. You can begin to narrow your list.
  • Now that you have a list of schools which meet your preferences you can begin to approach them and consider them in detail. US Lacrosse has a detailed and helpful guide to college selection and recruitment.  Look particularly at pages 7-9 in evaluating colleges.
  • * The article was written by Ted Spencer of 3D Lacrosse.

Trilogy Lacrosse Affiliate Program

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Atlanta Youth Lacrosse is pleased to announce the Trilogy Lacrosse Affiliate program.  We have been partnered with Trilogy Lacrosse for several years now and we are excited for our Players, Coaches and Parents to be part of such a new and  incredible opportunity.

Trilogy Affiliate Program

The Trilogy Affiliate Program formalizes our relationships and provides real value back to the organizations and families that support our events.  Once a certain number of your program’s families sign up for our Summer events, we deliver a unique service to help the program as a whole and to show our appreciation.  We provide email templates, fliers and host informational webinars to ensure families know what Trilogy and our Events are all about.

We count the following registrations equally: Middle School Aces = Overnight Campers = Day Campers

  • We count all registrations within the program, not just from one specific team
  • We allow programs to pick which events make the most sense for their families
  • Create realistic targets: 6, 12, and 18 registrations
  • Limited time frame for registrations to count towards Affiliate Program (1 month from start date)

6 Registrations: Trilogy Affiliate Program + Online Curriculum Platform

  • Affiliate Program Designation: Title, Logo, and placement on our Affiliate Webpage
  • Access to Trilogy’s Online Curriculum: Offense, Defense, Man-Up, Man-Down Defense, Clears, Rides, Transition

12 Registrations: $500 Under Armour Spend (MSRP)

  • Hard and/or Soft goods (apparel) – can mix and match

18 Registrations: Program Training

  • One day of coach/player training directed by Trilogy National Director at program’s facility

Tough enough

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As our spring season draws near I wanted our Mom’s and Dad’s to understand a little different part of the game and how to feel about seeing your son get checked with a stick.

I have seen many things in our beloved-ed game.  I used to hear people say ” I can hit that kid with the stick” or “I love this game, it’s just like Football with sticks”.  I detest comments like these because that is not what the game is about.

lm     Growing up as the youngest of four boys and in a neighborhood of thirty or so boys in a two block radius I got roughed up quite a bit.  My oldest brother would pound my second oldest brother who would pound my third oldest brother who would pound me.  This was a daily occurrence in our house as well as the Sunday afternoon boxing matches in our garage where our Dad played referee.  My Mom hated it and refused to watch and my Dad’s response was “the boys need to learn how to protect themselves”.  I always wondered about my big sister who never had to strap on the gloves… How come she did not need to know how to protect herself.  I love my sister dearly but boy I would have loved to get a few punches in.  Those were sure different times.

Today there is more structure growing up and more social awareness of rough housing.

In the game of lacrosse you will see players get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked.  All of these are fouls in the game of lacrosse but sometimes the officials do not see every infraction and the call is not made.  As a coach and parent you worry about your players as well as your children.  No one wants to see a player injured.  That being said Lacrosse is a very rough game and these infractions will occur regardless of the official.

All of our coaches are instructed to teach the proper fundamentals to each and every player as well as penalties.  We are always looking to help make sure the game is safer for all of our players.

The link below from the Georgia High School Officials Association has some great videos of the rules and fouls that occur in a game.  This is a tremendous resource if you would like to learn more about the game.


I try to tell young kids and older players that you will get pushed, slashed, tripped and cross checked and you have to deal with it.  This is what I call being “tough enough”.  All to often we want to retaliate or question the official.  The best course of action is to walk away and keep playing hard.  That’s what a gamer does (please understand, I am not talking about a video gamer).  A gamer is someone that plays aggressive hard nosed lacrosse and never gives up constantly pushing himself and his teammates to succeed.

Every child/player is different.  Some players are more aggressive than others.  So when you are watching your child play and you see him get roughed up a little,  don’t get on him for not being tough.  Let him understand that you just need to be “tough enough”

The web site below is a humorous way of describing roughhousing and how important it is for children.


I wish my parents had this resource when I was growing up it would have saved me several trips to the emergency room.

See ya on the field,


Coach Lou