Can Do Attitude Starts with Eliminating "Can't"

Mar 09, 2017

Over the past 12 months or so, our athlete development team has had an opportunity to present to somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 people from all walks of the lacrosse community about our efforts with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. One common theme pops up from time to time in these presentations. “I like what you guys are saying, it all makes sense, I want to do this but I can’t because...”  Have you found yourself saying the same thing?

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LADM is Development for All Ages and Levels

Jan 10, 2017

There has been quite a buzz building around the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, and we could not be happier about the warm reception it is receiving. What are people saying about it?

“This just makes sense. Sound educational philosophy applied to our sport. I love it.”

“LADM is exactly what our sport has needed. With the rapid growth at the youth level and lack of experienced coaches, this framework will give all our new coaches a way to be more effective.”

“This great for the kids.”

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Small-Sided Competition is Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Nov 17, 2016

Small-sided competition is just one of six core values of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). To fully realize the values of the LADM, leagues and programs need to embrace all six values.

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A Case for Change in Youth Lacrosse

Sep 21, 2016

Recently, US Lacrosse published a summary of the changes that are happening to the youth lacrosse rules, effective in 2017.  There are some that feel these changes have gone “too far” and are ruining the sport of lacrosse.

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Coaching Lessons Learned in Summer Lacrosse

Jul 12, 2016

I’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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Building a Team Offense

Jun 16, 2016

What 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.” 

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Brain Targeted Teaching for Coaches: Evaluating Learning

May 17, 2016

As 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.

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Teaching for Extension and Application

Apr 12, 2016

Teaching for extension and application relates to expanding instruction so that students are given the opportunity to think creatively by applying the skills and content in meaningful, active, real-world problem solving tasks.

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Teaching for Mastery of Content, Skills and Concepts

Mar 10, 2016

Have you ever wondered why something you coached your team to do at the beginning of the season, but didn’t use right away failed when you tried to come back to it? Teaching for mastery is about teaching skills to kids so that the skill “sticks.”

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Designing the Learning Experience

Feb 10, 2016

By carefully designing the learning experience (practice in our case) and communicating the “why” behind certain activities or drills helps the athlete put the pieces together and create a deeper understanding of what you want them to do.

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