Why You Should Resist the Urge to Over-Coach

Apr 23, 2014

You may have recognized in yourself the temptation and tendency to “over-coach” during competition. Why does this happen?

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Team USA and the Heart of the Game

Apr 21, 2014

Lacrosse mom Morgan Crutchfield follows up on her open letter to Team USA with the first of a series of blog posts on the road to Denver.

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4 Ways to Beat the Midseason Grind in Youth Lacrosse

Apr 16, 2014

The energy level at this point in the season can be rough. Here are ways to diagnose and treat ‘The Grind.’

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Why Youth Sports Needs a Development Zone

Apr 14, 2014

Youth sports desperately needs a symbolic hedge to create a space in which participants grow, writes PCA’s Jim Thompson.

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Let’s Get Physical: How to Make Contact and Teach Proper Technique

Apr 07, 2014

In a contact sport, it’s important to teach the proper technique. Use these tips to teach players how to properly make and receive contact.

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Thankful for Change

Apr 03, 2014

Gratitude journals seem to be all the rage on Facebook. As I wrote this in late January, gearing up for my season as a college women’s lacrosse official, I began to think about what I’m grateful for: change.

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College Lacrosse Coaches Sound Off on Multi-Sport Participation

Mar 12, 2014

We asked five college coaches what sports their kids play, and how it has benefitted their overall youth or high school sports experience.

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4 Best Practices for Respecting Boundaries as a Parent-Coach

Mar 10, 2014

Coaching your child’s team can be tricky. Here are some tips for doubling as parents and coaches.

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Ask the Right Questions, Particularly on the Car Ride Home

Mar 07, 2014

Positive Coaching Alliance’s Jim Thompson offers postgame-friendly questions for the car ride home.

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Consistency in Officiating: What Every Ref Needs to Know

Mar 04, 2014

Why are some calls made in some games and not others? What are some of the challenges of enforcing a new rule? Those questions aren’t unique to lacrosse, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address them.

As officials, consistency is one of the traits we should strive for, in part because it’s something coaches and players need. You can understand their frustration when a given check not whistled during the majority of a game is whistled for the first time in the last three minutes.

Some thoughts on consistency in our craft:

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