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Goalie Play

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Over the years I have had the opportunity to be around and help coach many great Goalies from Alex Heaton (Lovett), Ben Flood (Lovett), David Perrin (Westminster) Justin Leaf (Pace), Kevin Kirkwood (Chattahoochee), Alex Crawford (Lassiter) and Sage Hardin (Marist).  All of these Goalies had different traits and characteristics that helped them excel.  In some cases it was great feet, eyes, quickness, communication, leadership or natural athletic ability.   But all of them developed their fundamentals for playing the position and worked hard at mastering those fundamentals.

I came across this article recently (see below link) regarding Goalie play.  The article outlines several drills for any coach who wants to help his goalies improve.

There are many drills to use to work with goalies but these drills I believe will be great for any goalie and great warm ups before and during practice.  As a long time coach I always ask our goalies to try and come to practice 20 minutes before the team arrives so we can work on individual drills.  The reason for this is not many teams have a goalie coach and when the team starts going the goalie typically gets left behind.  Try these out it may help your goalies play at a higher level and they are a lot of fun.

http://texaslacrossemag.com/10-awesome-lacrosse-goalie-drills/

Special thanks to Texas Lacrosse Mag

See ya on the field

Coach Lou

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!

FIVE WAYS TO BEGIN YOUR COLLEGE SEARCH:

  • 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