Tag Archives: Atlanta Youth Lacrosse

What would Socrates think?

Published by:

“Your child’s success or lack of success in sports does not indicate what kind of parent you are. But having an athlete that is coachable, respectful, a great teammate, mentally tough, resilient and tries their best IS a direct reflection of your parenting.”

Think about this for a moment and read it again.

I read this article recently from Inside Lacrosse ( click on link Your Parenting ).  There is a very disturbing trend in coaching, teaching and the challenges of being a parent.  This article tends to dwell on the negative.  Being the optimist that I am I would like to dwell on the positive of coaching, teaching and parenting.  There is no owners manual when it comes to raising children.   We all have great aspirations for our children as well as the ones we have the honor to coach or teach.  Young people need structure and forms of discipline to help them with the challenges of growing up.  Yet many parents don’t allow there children to fail forward.

Over the course of their young life they will encounter good and bad coaches, teachers and authority figures.  Knowing this we should do our best to help them with above mentioned quote.

Is your child coachable?

Are they a great teammate?

Are they mentally tough?

Are they resilient?

Do they try their best?

I think back to my Mom & Dad and the lessons they taught me.  They all revolve around working hard, being respectful, tough, trying my best and never making excuses or letting my teammates down.  These lessons helped me have a successful career as well as being a tough yet understanding coach.

The quote below is from Socrates who died in 399BC:

“The children now love luxury.  They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”

Raising, teaching and coaching children was as challenging then as it is now.  We just have to keep guiding them and letting them fail forward.

See ya on the field!

Coach Lou

 

Compliments to Inside Lacrosse writer Peter Lasagna for a thought provoking article

Goalie Play

Published by:

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

Why Wall Ball is so important

Published by:

Over the years many players have heard me discuss the importance of Wall Ball.  Many coaches talk about it and many players say they do it.  Truth be told players just don’t do it enough and if they do they are doing it incorrectly.

I have seen the game grow by leaps and bounds since the inception of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse in the early nineties.  High School lacrosse was born from our days at Murphy Chandler Park.  We now have thousands of young people playing the game and Atlanta was just awarded a two new pro teams The Georgia Swarm (NLL) and the Georgia Blaze MLL.  Not to mention the ACC Championships will be held in Atlanta for the first time.

If you have an opportunity to talk with any pro player or NCAA player they will tell you the following:

  1. Play Wall Ball
  2. I still play Wall Ball

Let that sink for a minute.

Now I don’t profess to know if any of our players will be the next Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alum) or join the ranks of players that have played in College.  What I do know is the path to a successful High School career is to play as much Wall Ball as possible.

If you can’t catch and throw the game is just not as fun.  If we put down the video games for the next three months and get on the Wall you will see a marked improvement in your game.

Over the next few weeks I will be doing free Wall Ball Clinics to show players the proper way to perform a Wall Ball routine in hopes that all of our players sign up for the Wall Ball Challenge.  Listed below are links for you to meet the Challenge:

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-drills

http://ayllax.com/how-to-earn-your-shirt

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-fundamentals

http://ayllax.com/wall-ball-how-to-tv-videos Rick Lewis former player for Ohio State who played on first travel Team Georgia for Coach Corsetti

I trust every player will read this post and take the Challenge to improve their game and have fun with it.

See ya on the field.

 

Coach Lou