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New Partners and Site Upgrades

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New Partner Sandy Springs:

Atlanta Youth Lacrosse is proud to announce a partnership agreement with “The City of Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks.” The City of Sandy Springs is a leader in youth sports development, offering athletic programs for thousands of children each year. Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, the oldest youth lacrosse program in the state, has partnered with Sandy Springs providing “learn to play camps” and sports days for the Recreation and Parks Department. Atlanta Youth Lacrosse will continue to provide year round leagues for youth players in and around Sandy Springs utilizing the state of the art facilities offered by the City of Sandy Springs.

New Partner Trilogy Lacrosse:

Recently, Coach Corsetti was inducted into the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame. That evening, Coach Lou befriended Ned Crotty, the 2010 NCAA Tewaaraton Trophy winner and player of the year. Coach Corsetti was impressed with Ned and his ability to reach out to people of all ages.  Since that time in January they have worked closely together to develop a training program for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse.

Founded in 2005, Trilogy Lacrosse is a national company with an established reputation as The Leader in Lacrosse Education. First and foremost, we are educators. Our national scope allows us to shape the next generation of lacrosse players on a scale necessary to make a positive and significant impact on the future of the game. Everyone in our organization is united by a passion for the game, teaching, and excellence. Since its inception, Trilogy Lacrosse has instructed over 8,500 student-athletes. In 2010 Trilogy Lacrosse, developed over 2,500 student athletes in its program.

Trilogy Lacrosse has some of the best teachers of the game and they have learned from the best coaches in the country. They have played at the highest level in our sport and have garnered many awards and accolades. It only makes sense to have these players teach our players the mental and physical aspects of the game and give them the opportunity to reach their goals”.

  • Coach Lou Corsetti – Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, Coaching Director

It is our privilege to announce the Trilogy Lacrosse and Atlanta Youth Lacrosse partnership agreement. Trilogy will be providing assistance to Atlanta Youth Lacrosse with player and coaching clinics, as well as running Trilogy Lacrosse camps in the Atlanta area.

Website Upgrades:

Thanks to everyone for your patience as I tweaked the AYL website. Two new areas were added to the website:

  1. Sandy Springs, Trilogy Lacrosse, and Lux-Lax logos are in prominent positions below the main menu. These organizations work directly with Atlanta Youth Lacrosse to provide fields, coaching, and training to our members. We recognize their outstanding contributions to AYL with this placement.
  2. On the upper-right hand corner of the website you will notice a “search box.” Many email responses had a common theme of not being able to find specific information. Type your query into the search box and hit enter or click the magnifying glass and you will be directed to the Results page. This page will display all relevant posts or pages to your initial query. If you still have trouble finding the page you are looking for please visit the Sitemap.

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Cheers,
Gordon

Avoiding Penalties in Youth Lax

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Penalties are a part of lacrosse. In the youth game, penalties are usually a big part of the game for two reasons. One, young players mature at different rates. U13 is always the worst grade for me to officiate because half of the kids are Davids, the other half are Goliaths, and the Davids do not have throwing stones. Because of some kids are bigger and faster they will, fairly or not, get the majority of the fouls. Second, youth players do not always remember the best way to check, which often results in big swings, cross-checks, and pushes. Over the years, I accumulated different methods of avoiding penalties, and I share a few here.

Slafkosky - Defensive Wizard

Slafkosky - Defensive Wizard

In tenth grade I attended a camp that Dave Slafkosky, a legendary defensive coach from Maryland, was teaching at. I inhaled his lessons about defense. He spoke about positioning, communication, and hard sliding, but he gave one nugget of information that I will forever remember. He said, “Gordon. Your first check should always be a poke check right to the guy’s stomach.” In the context of a youth game, this is very good advice. Typically, young players cradle with both hands. As a result, their stick runs diagonally across their body, which makes aiming a poke check at the stomach area a very high percentage check.

The other reason for throwing the first check at the center of your opponent is a mind game with the official. I usually remind our AYL coaches that my hand goes to my flag when I see a player wind up for a big check, since, more often than not, the stick is coming down hard on the helmet, shoulder, or back. When I see a wind up I profile that player as someone I need to watch, but when I see a player throw a hard poke check towards his opponent’s stick I profile that player as a safe/smart individual. Often, my first observation on a player’s behavior prove correct. So coaches, remind your player’s that officials pay attention to the high, wind up swings, and will focus on players who repeat that checking motion.

Now let’s talk about the “I’m Beat,” or desperation check. Here’s the situation:

  • Red player gets burned by Blue player on a roll dodge. Blue player spins around and chases Red player with his stick outstretched behind him with one arm. Red goes to shoot, and in the process of shooting, Blue swings his stick overhead. He hits Red’s stick and then ricochets hard into Red’s helmet, drawing a one-minute slash penalty.
^ Think This is a Cross-Check?

^ Think This is a Cross-Check?

I defy any coach to comment that none of their players have ever committed the above infraction. The problem here is the nature of youth players. They get beat so they panic. They know they cannot let the other player score, so a gigantic wind-up check might redeem them for getting beat. Honestly, I might as well throw the flag when I see the wind up because nothing good is coming from it.

For the coaches, there is a method of teaching the desperation check that will almost always prevent a flag, and there are three parts to it:

  1. When your player gets beat the first thing they need to do is run as hard as they can to catch up to their opponent. The distance has to get picked up before a check can be applied.
  2. Do not worry about getting in front of a shooter. Why? Because the shooter is going to do one thing, and that is draw his stick behind his body in preparation for a shot. Drawing that stick back turns it into a huge target for your defensive player.
  3. Swing the final check up to the sky, not down to the ground. It is very difficult for a player to hit his opponent’s helmet checking from below the helmet. Nearly all slash calls result in the stick coming down on top on the helmet, not the other way around. In all of my private instruction sessions, I teach players to swing up on the desperation check because the chance of hitting the helmet hard enough to draw a flag is miniscule.

I have gotten beat more times than I care to remember, but learning how to properly do a desperation check saved many goals from hitting the net. Remember, the only way to eliminate the panic from getting beat is to teach effective methods of dealing with it. If coaches do not do this, the first thing a player will do is wind up and swing down wildly. So teach them the better method, and you should see your team’s penalties decrease over time.

*Note – There will be future posts expanding on this topic.

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Cheers,
Gordon

Personal Fouls Review

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With one weekend of games in the books it is time for a short review of personal fouls. As many of you are aware, I am working on developing a library of lacrosse penalties for the youth game. Below are each of the videos in the “Personal Fouls” series. Hopefully, they will answer any questions that new or returning players and parents have regarding the fouls they see during an average game.

If you would like to view the individual posts, which go into greater written detail, please visit this page: http://ayllax.com/category/penalties-2

Cheers,
Gordon