How to Win Kids' Attention in the Digital Age

Mar 01, 2019

Is youth lacrosse playing Pong in the age of Fortnite and Minecraft? T.J. Buchanan, technical director for athlete development at US Lacrosse, with tips on how the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) can keep lacrosse players engaged with the sport.

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The Three D's of a Successful Practice

Oct 11, 2018

We practice to prepare for competition and hope that the concepts we’re teaching transfer to the competition. Notice I used the term “concept” above and not skill. A concept is the idea of what we want a player to do. Skill is when the player can transfer the concept into the competition environment and successfully implement it. Transfer is what we all strive for with our teaching. Maximum transfer is achieved by ensuring our practices are designed for development.

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Next Spring Starts Now - Maximizing the Offseason

Jun 11, 2018

As one playing season comes to an end, it's important for young players to take a proper break before jumping into the next season. Here are some tips to prepare your athlete for long-term success in lacrosse.

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Letting Go: A Key to Athlete Development

Apr 04, 2018

How do kids learn to ride a bike?  Do we have them pedal 50 times with only their right foot, then 50 times with only their left foot?  Do we have them sit stationary and practice turning the handlebars right 25 times, then left 25 times?  Do they have personal braking coaches? The answer to all of these is no. We give them some guidance, hold the seat while they pedal and gain enough speed to balance, then we let go.

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Understanding Talent

Mar 14, 2018

Let’s start this off by getting the hard part of the conversation out of the way. Repeat after me: “There is no such thing as an elite 8-year-old lacrosse player. There are no high-performance 10-year-old lacrosse players.” 

Breathe. 

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Age, It's All Relative

Jan 26, 2018

Recent research in sport has shown that at the “elite” level of participation, there is an over-representation of athletes born in the first three months (the September 1 birthday) following a sport’s age and eligibility cut-off date. This phenomenon is often referred to as the Relative Age Effect and it has some serious implications for the development of aspiring young athletes.

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Are They in the Zone?

Sep 14, 2017

The "zone of proximal development" is the sweet spot where learning happens with guidance and encouragement from a knowledgeable person where the task it not too easy nor too hard.

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The Power of the Wall

Jun 01, 2017

Wallball is a great way for players to develop their stick skills. The US Lacrosse Wallball Challenge is a great way for players to develop their skills while helping to fuel the growth of the sport.

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Summer School: Your Child's Chance to Improve Lacrosse Skills

May 19, 2017

Remember when summer was a time for hopping on your bike in the morning, riding around town with your friends, getting wet and muddy down at the river? Remember when the family would hop in the car on Friday when Mom and/or Dad got home and head to the beach for the weekend? I think it’s safe to say our kids will mostly never have those same memories. Youth sport has changed. Trips to the amusement park, lake, or the beach have been replaced with travel from one set of fields to the next almost every weekend.

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Four Keys to Handling the Playing Time Question

Apr 11, 2017

The inevitable has happened. You’ve been approached by a parent about their child’s playing time. You’re at a crossroads and have some tough decisions to make…right there in the parking lot less than 30 minutes after game. What do you do? How do you handle the situation? What do you say? This is make or break time for you as a coach. How you respond will have repercussions either positive or negative. Which way do you want it to go?

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