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It’s all about the Snow Cone!

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Well the summer tournament season has passed and we had an opportunity to meet new friends and strengthen relationships with older friends, officials, coaches and opponents.

Unlike the Spring and Fall Seasons, Summer Lacrosse is a whole different animal.  I see teams that call themselves:

  • Elite
  • Select
  • All-Stars
  • Masters of the Universe

At the end of the day it should be FUN and enjoyable for all those involved.  I have been involved for the last 13 years with tournament teams and I have seen some interesting things.  Parents and Coaches screaming at refs (I slipped a few times during my coaching career), Players bending the rules and playing chippy, Officials who have no business officiating at higher levels, over zealous Coaches and sometimes fist-a-cuffs between players and yes even fans.

Now I don’t want to dwell on the negative because I have seen terrific officials explain things to young men and even patrol the sideline to explain to a group of parents his last call.  I have seen kids pat and opponent on the back for a good play and help them up after a body check.  I have seen and have had fun with other coaches bantering on the sidelines together.  I have heard parents yell to an opposing goalie “Great Save”.

My son Gordon wrote something to me the other day reminding me that we don’t own the game we are just stewards of the game.

“We can do all of this because we acknowledge that lacrosse is not ours.  As stewards we only take care of lacrosse, we do not own it. It does not belong to us. It belongs to the player, the mother and father, the fan, the coach, and the official.   But even that isn’t true. It belongs to the next player, the next mother and father, the next fan, the next coach, and the next official.

Our U11 Coyote team recently won a tournament and to put it all in perspective they only cared if Coach Owen was going to buy them snow cones.  So the Tournament Directors were trying to round up 22 U11 players so they could take a picture of them and give them their champion medallions.  At least 12 of the players were chasing Coach Owen down screaming “Owen, Owen, Owen”.  I could not stop laughing and it put it all in perspective for me.  Win or Lose, It’s always about the snow cone!

u11 champs


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.”


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.