Over the last 12 months we’ve published nearly 300 blogs and press releases highlighting the scope of US Lacrosse impact and reach made possible by the support of our nearly 450,000 members and donors.

From player safety to education to our national teams, it’s all made possible by you. Here’s a look back at some of our most popular posts each month that help demonstrate what your financial resources help us achieve.

January: Age. It's All Relative
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 relative age effect and it has some serious implications for the development of aspiring young athletes.

February: Impact of Being of a Youth Coach
The biggest influences in an athletes career often come from their earliest coaches. Jim Stagnitta, one of the six head coaches named for the PLL, discusses the important role of youth coaches.

March: Recognizing the Symptoms of a Concussion
Concussions rank among the five most frequent injuries for both boys and girls lacrosse players. This blog highlighting the signs and symptoms of a concussion and the steps leagues should have in place found a receptive audience.

April: Letting Go a Key to Athlete Development
Just like learning to ride a bike, sometimes the best way for kids to learn is by doing. Teaching Games for Understanding helps make this possible.

May: Six Rules Every Boys Lacrosse Coach Should Know
Position your team for success by mastering tenants on equipment certification, restarts, bench decorum and more. Coaches that have a firm grasp on these six NFHS rules will find themselves and their teams more successful on gameday.

June: Next Spring Starts Now. Maximizing the Offseason
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 young athletes for long-term success in lacrosse.

July: Team USA's Last-Second Thriller
One of the sport’s greatest rivalries added another epic chapter to its history with Tom Schreiber’s last-second goal giving the U.S. men a 9-8 victory over Canada in the FIL Championship game in Israel.

August: Charlotte Secondary Featured on ESPN Documentary
The lacrosse program at Charlotte (N.C.) Secondary School got off the ground with the help of a US Lacrosse First Stick Program grant. ESPN shared the touching and inspirational story of the program in a documentary – “Crossroads"

September: Understanding the New Girls' Penalty Zone
Caitlin Kelley, senior manager of the women’s game for US Lacrosse, helped prep women’s lacrosse coaches, players and officials for 2019 with a breakdown of the new penalty zone in girls’ lacrosse.

October: Rule Change Enhances Heart Protection for Athletes
US Lacrosse passed new equipment-related rules, effective for 2021, designed to enhance heart protection for youth players, specifically to reduce the risk of the rare yet potentially catastrophic injury of commotio cordis.

November: Welcome to the World — IOC Recognizes FIL
The dream of lacrosse returning to the Olympics took a major leap forward when the International Olympic Committee formally recognized the Federation of International Lacrosse.

December: Succeed in Lacrosse — Have Fun
Bucknell shared a piece of the Patriot League regular season title in 2018 and knocked off eventual national champion Yale as part of a late-season six-game winning streak. Very successful, and part of that success comes from remembering to have fun.

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