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Busting Rule Myths

My November post for LaxAllStars went up today! I decided to set the record straight on what I consider the Top 10 Rule Myths in NFHS and NCAA Boys Lacrosse. I will likely do some youth rules myth busting before the start of the spring season, but until then check out this excerpt from my LAS article:

You hear really strange rule interpretations when working as a traveling lacrosse official. I listen to the most incorrect explanations of what the current lacrosse rules are at every level I officiate and every region I do games in. In this post I cover what I consider the Top 10 Rule Myths in NFHS and NCAA Boys Lacrosse and I bust those myths using the 2013 rulebooks for each respective level.

Myth #10

Whichever player is closest to the end line or sideline when a shot goes out of bounds gets the ball.

NFHS Rule 4.6.3.c – “When a loose ball goes out of bounds as a result of a shot or deflected shot at the goal, it shall be awarded to the team that had an inbounds player’s body nearest to the ball when it became an out-of-bounds ball, at the point where it was declared out of bounds. […] In determining which player is nearest, the ball is considered out of bounds when it crosses the plane of the end line or sideline.”

NCAA Rule 4.6.b.3 – “When a loose ball goes out of bounds as a result of a shot or deflected shot at the goal, it shall be awarded to the team that had an inbounds player’s body nearest to the ball when it became an out-of-bounds ball, at the point where it was declared out of bounds.”

Busted! – For the purposes of the above rules, the stick is not considered part of the body. A team is awarded possession of the ball on a shot out of bounds when their inbounds player’s body is closest to the ball WHERE it went out WHEN it went out. If the ball goes out at X, and you are at one of the corner pylons, you do not get the ball just because you are closest to the end line.

Want to read the whole article? Head over to: http://laxallstars.com/busting-rule-myths-in-nfhs-and-ncaa-boys-lacrosse/

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Cheers,
Gordon

Plans For The Summer

As always, I am surprised how quickly the spring season comes to a close. We are wrapping up our last playoff and championship games this week and weekend for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse, and I wanted to give a quick rundown of what to expect from the AYL blog moving into the summer.

  1. More Posts! – I’m done with the spring semester, which means I’m not working my studies (1 year to go for my Psychology Major!), which means more posts for our avid readers.
  2. More Instructional Videos! – I’ll be doing a few different video series throughout the summer. Each month will have a theme, and there will be roughly two to four videos per month. I have decided that the month of May will be Basics Month, as it is always good to start with the fundamentals! June will be Penalties Month, and July is currently TBD, but if you have any ideas for videos feel free to email me at: rules@ayllax.com.
  3. Possible AYL Forum – still need to work some technical issues out, but we may roll out an online forum at the end of the summer where our members will be free to ask questions about the various programs and seasons that AYL offers. This way the information can be shared by all, and questions answered quickly by your favorite WebMaster.
  4. Polls, surveys, and discussions! I really want the AYL Blog to become discussion based. Where visitors put in their opinions about each post or topic. I will be adding different user interaction tools over the summer to see where our visitors and members are coming from, what everyone wants to see from AYL, and to get some good discussions going about honoring the game and how best to coach all of our youth players.
  5. Posts are back on Facebook and Twitter! – Through some unfortunate technical errors, I blame computer gnomes, we lost our ability to post to Facebook and Twitter. We’ll we are back online and posting to everyone’s favorite social networks. Feel free to friend us, or retweet our posts.
  6. Online Donations! – We love that our members love to give back to AYL by providing donations. We are currently streamlining the back-end process for online donations to make it easy and secure to donate to Atlanta Youth Lacrosse to your heart’s content. Remember, all donations are tax-deductible.
  7. Any further ideas or improvements to www.ayllax.com can always be emailed to rules@ayllax.com, or submitted using the comment function below this post.

Well, that is what is on the docket for Atlanta Youth Lacrosse from a web development and blogging standpoint. I hope everyone is excited for everything that will be rolled out over the coming months. I hope everyone has a great summer!

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Cheers,
Gordon

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone reading this blog had an excellent start to 2012. I want to wish all of our players, parents, coaches, and lovers of lacrosse a Happy New Year from Atlanta Youth Lacrosse. Now, onto some New Year’s Resolutions!

An interesting survey was done in 1999. It found that only 35% of Americans followed through with their New Year’s Resolutions. That is just over one third of all Americans! One of the biggest problems with New Year’s Resolutions is they are gigantic and overwhelming. For instance,  many people will resolve to lose 30lbs. This is a great goal, but it will take time, effort, and sacrifice to be successful. Often, no matter what the goal, people fail at attaining it because they did not plan out the goal.

So how can our players be successful in attaining their lacrosse goals for this year. Maybe they want to score ten goals during the season, run a sub-six mile, or just become a better passer. How will you reach your goals. This list from PsychCentral.com is a really great start for keeping your resolution to become a better player:

  1. Keep your resolutions simple. Sometimes people find themselves aiming for an overhaul of their entire lifestyle, and this is simply a recipe for disappointment and guilt. It may be understandable at this time of year, when self-improvement is on your mind, but experience shows these things can’t all be achieved at once. The best approach is to focus clearly on one or two of your most important goals.
  2. Choose carefully. But which to choose? Well, you might like to concentrate on those that will have the greatest impact on your happiness, health and fulfillment. For example, giving up smoking will obviously improve your health, but it will also give you a sense of pride and will make you happy (but perhaps not immediately!)
  3. Be realistic. Don’t aim too high and ignore reality – consider your previous experience with resolutions. What led to failure then? It may be that you resolved to lose too much weight or save an unrealistic amount of money. Remember, there will always be more opportunities to start on the next phase, so set realistic goals. Or if you don’t want to hold back, set clear short-term goals on your way to a big achievement. Which leads to tip number four.
  4. Create bite-sized portions. Break goals down to manageable chunks. This is perhaps the most essential ingredient for success, as the more planning you do now, the more likely you are to get there in the end. The planning process is when you build up that all-important willpower which you will undoubtedly need to fall back on along the way. Set clear, realistic goals such as losing 5 pounds, saving $30 a month, or going for a run once a week. Decide exactly how you will make this happen.
  5. Plan a time-frame. In fact, the time-frame is vital for motivation. It is your barometer for success, the way you assess your short-term progress towards the ultimate long-term goal. Buy a calendar or diary so you can plan your actions for the coming weeks or months, and decide when and how often to evaluate.
  6. Make notes. Having made a note of your time-frame, you will have a physical reminder of what you’re aiming for. Now go further and write down the details of your resolutions in a notebook, remembering to add your motivations. You could keep a scrapbook for this purpose, and fill it with photos of your slimmer self, pictures of sporting or hobby equipment you are saving for, or even a shocking credit card statement to spur you into action! If your resolution will directly benefit your partner, children, colleagues or friends then add their photos too – anything to remind you of your initial motivation.
  7. Treat yourself. When making your plan, a vital feature should be the rewards and treats you will give yourself at those all-important milestones. But be warned, don’t fall into the trap of putting your goal in danger – it’s too easy for a dieter to say “I’ve been so good, I deserve a few candy bars”, or a saver to throw caution to the wind with a new purchase. One slip, and it could all be over.
  8. Receive support. It is at such times, when you’ve temporarily fallen off the wagon, that your support network is crucial. Carefully choose those people around you who have shown themselves to be trustworthy, supportive friends and explain your plans. Let them know of ways they can help when the going gets tough, and if they’re truly caring they’ll know the right things to say during the hard times.
  9. Don’t give up! Do bear in mind that a slip-up is almost inevitable at some point, and you must not let this become an excuse to give up. When it happens, you will need to draw on your reserves of self-belief and strength, so build these qualities as often as you can. Really feel proud of your past achievements and don’t become critical of yourself. People with higher self-esteem and confidence are in a much better position to succeed, so immediately forgive yourself and say “I’m starting again now!”
  10. Put yourself in charge. These achievements are under your control – other people can advise and support you but it’s your actions which need to change to see the results you want. Having a strong sense of control over your life is necessary to stick with your plans. Those who blame everyone and everything apart from themselves will not have the resources needed to change. Yes, it’s scary to take responsibility for your future, but surely it’s better than the alternative?

What are your goals for 2012? Players and parents are welcome to comment their resolutions or goals below. Here are mine to get the conversation going:

  • Get all A’s this semester in my major classes
  • Become a better lacrosse official, and reach the semifinals at the end of the season

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Cheers,
Gordon