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2016 ACC Tournament coming to Atlanta

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This is awesome news for the sport in Georgia!  Thank you LB3.

ATLANTA — The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), in conjunction with the Atlanta Sports Council (ASC), Kennesaw State Sports and Entertainment Park and LB3 Lacrosse, have announced that Fifth Third Bank Stadium will be home to the 2016 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship. This marks the first time the ACC Championship will take place in metro Atlanta and the sixth time in the event’s 28-year history that it will be held at a neutral site.

“The last two NCAA Division I Lacrosse titles belong to an ACC team – we are very excited to have the nation’s strongest lacrosse conference bring their championship to metro Atlanta,” said Dan Corso, executive director of Atlanta Sports Council. “We value our long-standing relationship with the ACC and look forward to working together again to host a first-class championship weekend.”

http://www.insidelacrosse.com/wire.php?id=10704

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.

Bigger than the game.

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Every year that I coach this great game something occurs that shows you how special our sport is.

As you may have heard a young lacrosse player (Jack Enright) was injured a few weeks ago and is rehabbing at the Shepherd Center.  Everyone in the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse community and around the country has rallied around Jack.

One of our Coaches Richard Kopleman started “Ground Balls for Jack” where his team raised money for every ground ball they picked-up during this weeks game.  The players asked for  pledges from parents, neighbors and family members for Jack’s medical expenses.  I believe they raised       $ 1500 dollars.  WOW!

Coach Kopleman coaches his three boys teams (Harris, Lucas and Jordan) and is always around the field coaching his teams and anyone else that needs help.  He is a busy attorney during the day as well as a sports agent.  Coach always finds time to help and this recent undertaking does not surprise me.  He is never looking for a pat on the back or accolades he just gets it done with a positive approach.

I am so glad that we have people like Coach K who gives his time, money and energy to our players and families and he totally understands the mission of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse.  “Fun, Fundamentals, Sportsmanship and Honoring the Game”.  Each week when I see him in action I always learn something.

Listed below is the email to his team.   It shows you that some things are “Bigger than the game”.

Great day of lacrosse yesterday. Perfect weather, and the boys all came out ready to play and win ground balls. We quit counting after we won our 35th contested ground ball. I trust everyone could see how the ground ball battle impacts a game (playing a younger, less experienced team never hurts). I was extremely proud of the boys, all of whom appeared highly motivated to win ground balls, knowing their efforts would benefit Jack Enright. Of course, a consequential benefit of “Ground Balls for Jack” was the impressive overall play of the entire team.

There are no better moments in coaching than those where we can combine meaningful life lessons with lacrosse lessons. Yesterday certainly offered one of those moments, and was an incredibly rewarding day I won’t forget. It was tremendous watching the boys play for a cause far more important than winning a rec league lacrosse game. Individual performance – other than winning ground balls – was never discussed. Instead, the sideline chatter was all about winning ground balls – and an occasional request for a break from the action as we had only one extra player – and playing as a team. Not one of the boys expressed any concern with the score or individual play. Really nice to see, especially in such young boys.

We have a great group of boys this season, and I am pleased that I have seen improvement across the board. All the boys have told me they’re having fun this season. As you will recall, our goals – knowing safety is a top priority – are simple: (1) have fun; and (2) get better. Thus far, we’re reaching our goals, and I am confident we will continue to do so as the season progresses.

As for our fundraiser, many have already made their donations, and an equal, if not greater number pledged support, but have not yet made their contributions (I really didn’t expect to receive donations yesterday, so that was a pleasant surprise). If you can deliver your donations Friday at practice (please note we will stop practice 15 minutes early as I have a slight conflict Friday evening), that would be great. And thanks again for all the support and enthusiasm you offered.

Best regards,

 

Richard