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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


The importance of US Lacrosse Certification

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US Lacrosse

2015 will Mark my 42nd  year playing or coaching the great game of lacrosse.  Lacrosse has given me so many wonderful things over the course of my life,  from bonding with my family to helping young people achieve their goals.  I have had the pleasure to play the game at a high level and sharing championships with my teammates.  I have been honored to speak at the US Lacrosse Convention (15 times) as well as coach the US Lacrosse All-American Classic with some of the best players in the country.  I have given clinics, run camps as well performed many speaking engagements around the country.  I am a member of the Georgia Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

All of these things are awesome and they make you feel good inside however the most important thing for me is teaching the game and teaching it the right way.

I derive great pleasure in teaching young people our great game and I love watching other sports and coaches so I can become a better coach.  I sometimes watch basketball or hockey games and practices.  I see drills and skills being taught and I have the ability to take someones drill or technique and turn it into a teaching moment for me.

Today I would like to introduce you to the US Lacrosse Certification program.  US Lacrosse is the governing body of the sport but in my humble view the apex of lacrosse training on both the women’s, mens and officials side of the game.   US Lacrosse is partnered with The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) which is the top group of spreading a message of positive reinforcement and sportsmanship.  Components of PCA are part of the US Lacrosse Certification process.

Last Spring I completed the US Lacrosse Level Three Certification which is the highest lacrosse certification you can obtain.

The program is made up of three levels of instruction and at each level you receive expert advice on coaching philosophies, team building, skill development, tactical and positive coaching techniques.  Much of the instruction is taken online and there are a few in person classes you will have to complete.  Trust me it is all very worth it.  You will not only become a better coach you will also become a better person for completing this training.

If you are new to the game or are teaching at a younger age group Level 1 is all you may need.

I have the pleasure of coaching from Pre-K to High School so it was important to me to reach young people at the correct age and skill set.

Listed below are the various levels of certification and a link to get started.  Don’t delay become a better coach today!

Level 1

Level 1 is designed to introduce coaches to the responsibilities and philosophies of coaching and how to provide a safe and athlete-centered environment that emphasizes positive growth and sportsmanship. The Level 1 curriculum provides the tools to teach rules, basic individual skills, and basic team concepts to beginning players of all ages. This baseline training is relevant for all lacrosse coaches, regardless of experience.

Level 2

Level 2 certification is tactically and practically focused. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on building the tactical elements of their team based on overarching principles for offense, defense and transition. The Level 2 curriculum is geared toward coaching players who have an understanding of the basic skills and objectives of the game. Coaches will also learn how practice planning fits into overall tactical objectives for their season.

Level 3

Level 3 certification focuses on high-level tactical and practical skills. Coaches will receive detailed instruction on pregame preparation and tactics of the game. Coaches will also engage in critical thinking activities to build a higher lacrosse IQ for themselves and their team. The Level 3 curriculum is geared toward coaching players that have a deep understanding of the objectives of the game.




See ya on the field,


Coach Lou

Congratulations Ryan Boyle

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I would like to congratulate Ryan Boyle the CEO of Trilogy Lacrosse and one of our Lacrosse Partners.  Some of you had the pleasure of meeting Ryan two weeks ago when he gave a recruiting talk to some of our families.  Ryan is a class act and we wish him well.  Below is the press release on his retirement from Major League Lacrosse after 11 seasons.  Quite an impressive career.

After 11 seasons in Major League Lacrosse, veteran Ryan Boyle has officially announced his retirement from the game Friday morning.

“It has been a privilege and pleasure to compete in the MLL for the past eleven years.  As an aspiring youth player, I never dreamed of having the opportunity to play lacrosse at the professional level.  I want to thank all of the people that made that dream a reality, most notably Dave Morrow, Jake Steinfeld, and Commissioner David Gross,” Boyle states.

“On a personal level I want to thank the Philadelphia Barrage for welcoming me into the league and the Boston Cannons for enabling me to continue my career.  Both organizations hold a special place in my heart and I appreciate each team’s unique and professional approach.”

“When I reflect back on my career, I am most proud of the relationships that have been built with incredible people that have a passion for the sport and for life.  The sheer number of former teammates, coaches, and staff members that I need to thank is too many to list publicly.  Just know that I care about all of you deeply and cherish your friendship.

With regards to my decision, simply put, it’s time. ”

In his 11 years as a professional lacrosse player, Ryan split his time between the Philadelphia Barrage for five seasons before making Boston home for the remaining six. Ryan won four MLL titles over his tenure, three championships with Philadelphia (’04, ’06, ’07) and one with the Cannons on 2011.

“Ryan Boyle will be recognized as one of the greatest attackman the game has seen. He’s an unparalleled leader with uncommon toughness and determination,” Cannons Head Coach John Tucker states. “Our personal connection spans more than 20 years. It has afforded me a unique opportunity to watch him grow and develop. I can say that he forged his own path and worked extremely hard for everything he achieved in the game of lacrosse. A brilliant tactician – fearless leader – but most of all, a winner. It has been a true honor for me to be a small part of his extraordinary career.”

Tony Resch, Head Coach of the Philadelphia Barrage from 2005-2008 had the pleasure of coaching Boyle at the start of his MLL career, “As a player, Ryan was the perfect combination of talent, intellect, and grit.  His desire to win was palpable, and like great players often do, he had a knack for making big plays when it mattered most,” Resch said. “It was truly a pleasure to work with Ryan, on and off the field.”

Aside from his impressive team titles, Boyle was a stand out by his own right, garnering up many individual accolades. In 2004, he was named the MLL Rookie of the year in his inaugural season. Additionally, he was a five-time MLL All-Star, and three-time U.S. Men’s National Team player (’02, ’06, ’10 World Games) winning two World Game Gold medals in 2002 and 2010.

Boyle had much success at the collegiate level as well, winning the NCAA National Championship with Princeton in 2001. Ryan was a 4-time All-American as a Tiger, and was a 2-time Ivy League Player of the Year.

Matt Striebel, a former teammate of Boyles at Princeton, the Philadelphia Barrage and the Boston Cannons at the end of 2014 season is certainly no stranger to the type of player Ryan was on and off the field.

“Ryan is known for his intelligence and skill. The thing that I’ve always most respected about him is his toughness. He’s fearless, has taken a pounding throughout his career and always gets up,” Striebel went on the say. “People talk about certain athletes making their teammates and all the other players around them better–no one in lacrosse exemplifies that more than Ryan. He’s on a very shortlist of people who have impacted my career on this profound a level.”

In his 6 seasons with the Cannons Boyle finishes:

-Tied for 7th on the Cannons all-time list in games played with 70 as a Cannon

-Tied for 10th on the Cannons all-time list in goals scored with 68 as a Cannon

-2nd on the Cannons all-time list in assists with 140 as a Cannon

-4th on the Cannons all-time list in points with 208 as a Cannon


Bill Daye, Boyle’s head coach 2009-2011 at Boston, remembers Boyle’s play in the most profound way.

“It was a pleasure coaching Ryan during my time with the Cannons,” Coach Daye stated. “Most of the lacrosse world will remember him as a great player and while that’s true, what will stick with me the most is the passion he brought to the field every time he stepped on it and the leadership he brought as well.”

Ryan is the only player in MLL history to have 25-plus points in 11 consecutive seasons. In 2012, he garnered a career high 39 assists.


In his 11 seasons with MLL, Boyle finishes:

-1st in MLL History with 272 career assists

-3rd in MLL History with 449 career points

-9th in MLL History with 121 career games played

-2nd in MLL History with 37 career playoff points


“On behalf of the entire Cannons organization and fan base I want to thank Ryan for being a part of the Cannons family for the past 6 seasons.  He is one of those special players that is every GM desires to have.  A true professional on and off the field who gives everything he has for his team, his teammates and the fans who come to see our team play.” Cannons Vice President & GM Kevin Barney said.


“Ryan helped bring the first championship to our franchise in 2011, a team that will go down in our history books.  I wish Ryan all the best and know he will continue to help our sport grow in his future endeavors.”