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How come my child is not playing and how can I be a better teammate!

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One of our coaches (Dave Regan) recently posted the below article as well my son Gordon posted this article for US Lacrosse yesterday.  I thought they were both important for several reasons.

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse provides a safe environment for all of our players and like anything in life especially as it relates to children we take it seriously.  While we always want to have fun and be competitive we  never want to get in the way of being safety consensus first.

The first article revolves around the world of playing time and allowing young people to face adversity with failure.  All to often we protect our kids and in some cases hurt them in the long run.  As a youth program we want to be conscience of the development of each player but we also want to teach them the rules of the game, sportsmanship, respecting coaches, officials, opponents and their parents.

The article focuses on football but it can be applied to any sport.  This quote stood out for me.

“The thing is that many kids know what they’re good at, and what they’re not good at. When it comes to football, for instance, most of the middle-schoolers or freshman already know the one or two kids who are good enough to play on the varsity team. And be the ones likely to catch the eye of a college recruiter. Their parents do not.

The rest play because they enjoy it, need the discipline, want to belong to a team, have dreamed of it since they were 5 or 6, are trying to make their parents happy, need a varsity sport on their college application, or some combination thereof.”

The rest of the article is very thought provoking and puts things in perspective.


Gorden’s article tackles the issue of learning the rules and playing a better brand of lacrosse.  If you notice in our U9 games the official counts to 4 and if the player does not pass the ball it becomes a turnover.  This is not a real rule in lacrosse and can be confusing.  We call this game “Hippo” it does several things:

  1. It forces players to look up field and move the ball
  2. It forces players without the ball to get open for their teammates instead of just standing there
  3. It eliminates the stronger player from the game who can go “coast to coast” with the ball and just score at will.  I call these players the BLACK HOLE.  Once they get the ball their teammates never get it back.

As Gordon highlights we do these things to help the players get a better understanding of the game when it means little.  When you tie it back to Coach Dave’s article it shows the importance of what we learn on the field and how we can be better teammates and develop a way to deal with adversity.  Sports are a great way with dealing with the ups and downs of life and the earlier we learn these lessons that better we will be in the future.



See ya on the field!


Coach Lou


Farewell and Good Luck

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th_6fa67e31It is with great sadness and enthusiasm that Mary Jo and I bid farewell to our Son Gordon.  Gordon has been hired by US Lacrosse the governing body and educational experts in the sport of lacrosse.

He has been selected as the educational manager for men’s officials across the board for US Lacrosse.  This is a great opportunity for him and while our lacrosse brethren in Georgia will miss him a great deal the sport of lacrosse will benefit from someone with the skills, experience and knowledge that Gordon possesses at the national level.  Watching him grow from a young fifth grade lacrosse player to one of the top officials in the state would make any Dad swell with pride.

Over the last few years he has published over 300 articles and training videos for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association, Lax All Stars as well some of his articles have been picked up by US Lacrosse.  All of these articles have helped players, coaches and parents in our program, nationally and abroad.  He has a keen sense and awareness and all of his articles have a profound message as it relates to coaching young people.  He has also helped train hundreds of youth officials as well as many new adult officials in the state of Georgia. One of my happiest moments for Gordon is when he published his first book “Advanced Rules, Improving Your Lacrosse Officiating”

Mary Jo and I are blessed to have two tremendous children (Gordon and Caitlin) who are terrific writers and now they both get to ply their trade on a daily basis.

Lacrosse has been a family passion for us for so long and sometimes you don’t really see how important it has become to so many families in our community.  Each year we have many new families that become part of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse and the lacrosse culture.  Gordon will be moving to Baltimore in September and we will only get a chance to see him on holidays and  annual vacations.  In honor of Gordon I will post one of his articles on a weekly basis as the message he puts forth is always important and you can never hear them enough.

Listed below are some of Gordon’s links to his writings:




Gordons Book

Please Join Mary Jo, Caitlin and me as we wish Gordon good luck and success in his future endevors.


See ya on the field,


MJ and coach Lou

Speaking At The 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention

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Coach Lou Corsetti and I are speaking once again at the 2014 US Lacrosse National Convention! This will be Lou’s 15th time speaking and my second time.

Coach Lou is speaking to men’s coaches from 9-10AM on Sunday, January 12th on “Progressive Shooting that Becomes the Foundation Of Your Offense“. He’ll be on the demo field explaining how to run progressive shooting drills that encourage players to shoot and look for additional options if denied a good shooting opportunity. He is representing Atlanta Youth Lacrosse and the Riverwood High School Lacrosse Program.

Last year I spoke to youth coaches about getting players to effectively work together as a team. This year I am co-speaking with fellow officials trainer Greg Hite. We are speaking to adult officials about how to better train youth officials from 2-3PM on Saturday, January 11th in our presentation, “Training Youth Officials Without Making Their Heads Explode“. Greg and I are representing our work at Atlanta Lacrosse Official and the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association.

We are both looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends in Philly, and making a bunch of new ones!

If I have the time I will try to do some live-blogging of the convention while we are up there.

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