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The Ben and Jack Show!

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Many of you may have heard about Jack Enright and his recent injury.  Jack is a junior at Chapin High School in South Carolina.  He is also the Co-Captain of the Team with his brother Connor a senior.  According to Jack it was a routine play where he was playing midfield defense against his opponent.  Jack broke his neck and his injury has now impacted him in a way only he can understand.

Jack is currently rehabbing his injury at the Shepherd Spinal Center.

His family, teammates, coaches, classmates, teachers and the entire lacrosse community has been impacted by this.  People from all over the country have reached out to Jack and his family to help in anyway they can.  Pro Players Like Paul Rabul, Kyle Harrison, Scott Ratliff (Atlanta Youth Lacrosse Alum) to name a few.  College Coaches and the Limestone Lacrosse Team have send Jack tons of swag and notes of encouragement.  Even Jo Jo the Drummer (Denver Outlaws) who interviewed Jack, his Mom Ann, brother Connor and his HS Coach Jeremy Metcalfe the other night have come to the aide of Jack.

(See interview below)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ivy-radio/2015/03/19/its-a-good-day-for-lacrosse-with-jojo-war-drummer-1#.VQnQluZD-68.facebook

The reason I titled this post the “Ben and Jack Show!”

Several years ago another player who I never met (Ben Goss) was injured.  My friend Melissa with US Lacrosse asked if we could send a card and maybe go see Ben at the Shepherd Spinal Center.  Like most things my wife does she gets in waist deep and does not come out until the job is done.  Her persistence and determination is amazing to watch.  http://www.reporternewspapers.net/2009/10/30/local-lacrosse-families-aid-injured-massachusetts-boy/

Ben and I trade messages from time to time and we visited about a year ago when Ben was in town.  I know Ben wants to thank everyone for helping him but his story and his courage during his rehab gets me choked up because he impacted all of us more than we impacted him.  He drives, snowmobiles, skis and I believe he is now playing rugby.  This young man just amazes me.

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Ben has reached out to Jack and told him about his Shepherd Spinal Center experience and what he is up against and only Ben could know what Jack is going through.

Jacks connection to us comes through his lacrosse Coach Jeremy Metcalfe who I had the pleasure of coaching many years ago.

When Jacks injury occurred he needed to find out who in Atlanta could help.  One of his first calls was to Mary Jo and she got waist deep again and started pushing buttons for Jack and his family.

All of us come across adversity during our lifetime and sometimes it is more then we can handle.

Sometimes it is just a smile and a hug and other times it’s a time and financial commitment to help those in need.

When you see a note from one of your Youth Players like this it makes your heart swell with pride

“I know it’s not much, but I am a 12 year old who wants to help Jack in any way possible. I play lax at AYL and I’m glad you are close so I can visit.”

Or when one of your Coaches comes up with a Ground Ball fundraiser for Jack it puts life and the game in perspective.

No one person is bigger than the game but it is the people in the game that make it so special.  It is another reason why I LOVE this sport so much.

There are so many people to thank for their outpouring of love and support for Jack and Mary Jo and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Listed below is Jack’s Go Fund Me page.  Every little bit helps and lets keep the “Ben and Jack Show!” going.

http://www.gofundme.com/Pray4Jack

See ya on the field!

MJ and Coach Lou

 

Position Spotlight – Midfield (Offense)

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This weeks Position Spotlight is Midfield Offense:

As I stated in our midfield post last week the midfielder (middie) is the work horse of the team. They need to have good stick skills, good endurance, and be able to play offense and defense. They have to be able to communicate while on the run, and most of all they need to bring the intensity.

The midfielder is constantly going, they never stop running. They should be good dodgers, and be able to shoot while on the run. They should also be good outside shooters. The midfielder controls the game by starting and stopping the offense. The faster they run, the faster the pace of play will be.  Midfielders should be the most athletic on the team because of all the running/dodging involved.

Overall,  midfielders need speed, strength and incredible endurance. Middies are required to run up and down the field, so quickness is a very important skill for this position. Middies must be ground ball hogs, shoot from the outside and be able to pass with purpose.

There are many keys to the position.  I like to teach offensive players the “DSP” (Dodge, Shoot, Pass) concept. I invented this term which was directly related to “Triple Threat” in basketball.  Basketball players must be able to dribble with both hands, pass with both hands and shoot with both hands.  Being from Long Island “Triple Threat” did not flow off my tongue smoothly so I invented “DSP”.

My concept is you Dodge to Shoot first then Pass.  I like to remind players that if you keep your stick vertical in the “DSP” position you can then be a threat to DODGE, SHOOT and PASS.

Pro Lacrosse Player Kyle Harrison likes to talk about three options as a midfielder:

  1. Option 1 – Dodge your man to Shoot
  2. Option 2 – Force the slide and pass to the open man.  After a pass, however, the midfielder should hustle down to the goal to grab a return pass if necessary.  A midfielder should always be on the move to keep the defense on their toes.
  3. Option 3 – Shoot the Gap – Kyle says he likes to do this in the second half of the game because he now knows how the team likes to slide and he can then go underneath the slide and come back to the front of the goal.

Dodging is another aspect of being an offensive midfielder and in my view the most important.  There are tons of different moves to make.  I always ask my players what they think is the best dodge.  I always get answers like the split, roll, face, swim, toe drags, hitch etc. etc..  I like to tell players the best dodge is to just run by the guy.

If you are faster then your opponent you should be able to make a quick step and accelerate through your dodge and past your opponent.

There are several keys to Dodging:

  1. Keep your head up at all times
  2. Accelerate through your dodge i.e. change speeds
  3. Go North and South – Running backs in Football understand this concept.  You also hear coaches say get down hill.  If you Dodge on an East and West plain your really have not accomplished much and the defense does not have to react as quickly
  4. Protect your stick.  By keeping your stick in the “DSP” position you will be less likely to expose your stick to a check and lose the ball
  5. Being able to Re-dodge.  This is an important concept that I teach.  Defenses are taught to take you out of your dodge but by incorporating a Re-dodge you can have another weapon to rely on.

Listed below are some great videos from some great offensive midfielders:

Kyle Harrison Dodging

Jeremy Sieverts Shooting on the Run

Various Offensive Dodges

See ya on the field…Coach Lou

 

Week 3 Results and Wall Ball Workouts

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Listed below are the Week 3 Results (We had a rainout for 7/8, (Girls Program), HS Boys and 1& 2 graders).  Will post those scores when we get them all in.

A word on Fall Ball Lacrosse.  I have stated in person and in emails that Fall Ball is to keep your stick in your hand as a experienced player and if you are brand new to learn the game.  However you cannot  improve in this game if you do not work at it.  That goes for the new player and the experienced player.  Several parents have asked me and sent emails saying that their son is struggling to learn how to play.  Again we do not have practices during Fall Ball as Spring is the main season for lacrosse.  You have to do some work on your own.  Listed below are some wall drills:  GET ON THE WALL IT WILL IMPROVE YOUR GAME 100%

Regards…Coach Lou

Wall Ball Workout

Kyle Harrison Wall Ball

Wall Ball II

Joe Waters Wall Ball

Big Ten Wins Losses Goals For Goals
Against
Lions 3 0 34 8
Spartans 2 1 13 13
Badgers 2 1 20 17
Hoosiers 2 0 21 1
Wolverines 1 2 10 15
Wildcats 1 1 9 12
Hawkeyes 1 1 5 14
Buckeyes 0 3 14 20
Gophers 0 3 7 26
SEC Wins Losses Goals For Goals
Against
Volunteers 3 0 23 6
Tigers 3 0 25 11
Razorbacks 2 1 12 12
Gators 1 2 10 12
Bulldogs 0 3 4 15
Crimson Tide 0 3 10 23