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Father & Son

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As many of us in the game of lacrosse have learned as a father and son and in my case vice a versa.  My son Gordon who is the Manager of Men’s Officials Education at US Lacrosse the Governing Body and Education leader of our sport.  I learn so much from him every time we talk and frankly he has made me a better coach.  I am really proud of him and the young man he has become.

Growing up I was the only kid in my neighborhood that played lacrosse at an early age.  Most of my peers played baseball when the spring roiled around.  Lacrosse got into my blood in the 7th grade and it has has been a wonderful journey ever since.  When I got in to coaching thirty plus years ago I did not think I would be where I am today.

Gordon and I have great discussions about the finer points of the game.  I cherish our talks about rules, players, coaches, parents and fans.  Gordon was a very good player growing up and one of the smartest I have been around.  He was not physically imposing as an LSM or close defender yet he understood his limitations was well as his strengths.  He thought several passes ahead before they actually happened.  He was a student of the game and trained very hard each and every season.

Like any father I miss watching him play but I so enjoy our conversations about the game.

In two weeks we will both be speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore on January 22nd to the 24th.  You can follow us on Twitter at # Laxcon as well as Coach Lou.  This marks the 17th time I will be speaking at the National Convention and the third time Gordon and I will be speaking during the event.

The Lacrosse Convention is the largest gathering of Men’s and Women’s Coaches and Officials in the world with over 7000 attendees.  The event is always well run and to me it really begins the lacrosse season because you learn so much.

I know everyone has ups and downs in life but being part of something bigger than you is always a source of pride.  I look forward to seeing my son and many of my friends in the coaching and officiating world.

Wish us luck

 

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US Lacrosse…always playing by the rules!

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My son Gordon who runs officiating training for US Lacrosse in Baltimore recently published a face-off video (listed below) with Greg Gurenlian The 2015 MVP of the MLL.

Greg who runs Face-Off Academy is arguably one of the best face-off players in the world.  What is more impressive is he won the 2015 USL/MLL Sportsmanship Player of the Year.  This is important to note because in the video he shows officials how they can spot a cheater at the Face-Off X.

I think Greg did a wonderful job in this video because he is showing officials and players how to recognize someone that is breaking the rules.  Sports are difficult enough without someone trying to tarnish the image of the game by bending the rules and “Cheating”.

While I have never met Greg personally I think it is refreshing that he points out these rule infractions for everyone to see.  I am sure he has faced-off thousands of times and seen many of these methods.

US Lacrosse our governing body as well as the education experts in our sport do a terrific job teaching the fundamentals the right way and playing by the rules.  Atlanta Youth Lacrosse are tireless supporters of the US Lacrosse mission as well as playing the game the right way.

Our motto “Fun, Fundamentals, Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game” are the cornerstones of our program.

Lets give a big thank you to Greg, Gordon and US Lacrosse for doing things the right way!

 

 

Is it Safe?

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As a high school coach as well as youth coach (Lacrosse & Football) my paramount concern before we step on the field is player safety.  Ask any coach and official what the most important thing is and they should answer unanimously SAFETY.   If you do not have a safe environment to play in you will run the risk of injury to all the players and possibly the fans and officials.

The GHSA (Georgia High School Athletic Association) takes great pains to insure all coaches are trained in first aid, CPR and Concussion awareness along with many other safety precautions.  Some schools actually make all their coaches take first aid, CPR courses to maintain standards. Each year every GHSA certified coach most take a concussion class in order to keep their GHSA coaching certificate in good standing.  This is a very important step to keep all of our players safe.  US Lacrosse does a fantastic job with their Science and Safety Committee (click on link US Lacrosse Concussion) with several presentations regarding concussions.

With over 40 years of playing and coaching the game of lacrosse I have seen my share of concussions.  While I never received a concussion in lacrosse I did receive four while playing football.   I can say that lacrosse is much safer then other sports when it comes to this dilemma.  There have been many advances in concussion awareness and protocol.  The link below is an article from Patrick McEwen of Inside Lacrosse.  It shows how simple rule changes (not targeting the neck and head) have lowered the cause of concussions in Men’s Lacrosse.  Patrick will be writing a follow up article showing the data from high schools in the coming weeks which I will share when it comes out.

NCAA Concussion Data

As a player and a coach I have seen the advancement in the game from equipment and rule changes.  I believe one of the reasons why I did not get a concussion in lacrosse versus football is the helmet I used in lacrosse was very flimsy (see picture below).  There was no way you would use your head as a weapon wearing something like this.  My football helmet (actual picture below) that I used in high school, college and two years of semi-pro football was made of hard plastic which gave me the belief that I could become a missile or projectile when playing the game of football.

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Concussion are very serious injuries and should be handled appropriately by doctors, trainers and medical professionals.  I have seen and observed many concussion symptoms during my years as a coach and the data and methods to identify concussions has come a long way for the good of our student athletes.

IMPACT Concussion Web site

Please take a minute to review these web sites mentioned in this article which will allow you to make informed decisions regarding your son or daughter.

See yah on the field…Coach Lou