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The Whys of Multisport Participation

July 27, 2016    9857 Views
project playMulti-sport athletes get recruited more than specialized athletes. Multi-sport athletes get injured less. Multi-sport is the way to go. Oooh, that athlete we love was also was a multi-sport athlete! But what does that mean and why?

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Six Do's and Don'ts for Youth Coaches

July 21, 2016    4846 Views
coaching dos dontsIf you want to be a successful youth coach, you need to keep your players engaged, and you need to pay attention to the signals your team is taking from you. Here are six do’s and don’ts that youth coaches should keep in mind.

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Coaching Lessons Learned in Summer Lacrosse

July 21, 2016    12595 Views
summer lacrosse lessonsI’ve spent approximately 30 of the last 40 days in June and July on the sidelines of lacrosse tournaments and have watched nearly 200 high school level games. Here’s what I’ve learned from watching teams of varying talent levels, some loaded with Division I commits, and some without a single athlete being recruited.

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US Lacrosse Has Allies in Reimagining Youth Sports

June 17, 2016    2368 Views
project playThe evaporation of recreational play, limited physical activity in low-income communities, concern about overuse and head injuries, the trend toward single-sport specialization and the lack of trained coaches were chief among topics May 17 at The Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Building a Team Offense

June 16, 2016    4368 Views
building a team offenseWhat do you do first? Plan your strategy and try to make it work or evaluate your players and determine what your strategy should be? There’s an old saying something along the lines of “You can’t make chicken salad without chicken.” Keeping that in mind consider the following as you begin to plan for your next season: Who are my players? What skills do they possess?

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Top 10 Questions on NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules

June 9, 2016    3304 Views
top 10 nfhs boys lacrosse rulesEach season the US Lacrosse Officials Education Program receives emails from coaches, players, parents, and officials on game situations wondering what the correct ruling is. Here are the top 10 questions from the 2016 season.

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Making the Fastest Game on Two Feet Faster

June 7, 2016    6506 Views
fastest game on two feetUS Lacrosse recently worked with the Mid-Penn League for their end of the season tournament in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to help experiment with small-sided games included in the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model in hopes of finding better ways to introduce the sport to young players.

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Kick Start for Campbell

June 3, 2016    1752 Views
US Lacrosse First Stick Grant recipient Campbell HSNew Jersey high school girls' team fielded first varsity squad three years after receiving US Lacrosse First Stick Grant Read More »

Can the Ball Make the Game Safer?

May 18, 2016    9377 Views
lacrosse ballsAn often-overlooked piece of equipment related to safety is the actual lacrosse ball. Original research in 2005 by Trey Crisco, a member of the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, led to the development of a NOCSAE ball standard. In 2014, the NOCSAE standard became required for all games using NCAA/NFHS/USL rules. Now, the ball could be getting even safer. Read More »

Brain Targeted Teaching for Coaches: Evaluating Learning

May 17, 2016    1828 Views
Evaluating LearningAs coaches we are constantly evaluating athletes either formally or informally. They real key for an evaluation contributing to learning comes in what we do with the information we gain from the evaluations. Read More »