Five Reasons to Attend the 2018 US Lacrosse West Regional Conference

Nov 09, 2018

The US Lacrosse Regional Conference is a professional development opportunity for coaches, officials, program administrators and other leaders in the lacrosse community. There will be three different program tracks offered for officials, coaches and leaders. Sessions topics will include team and athlete development, rules interpretation, game management and organizational leadership.

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Giving Everything I Have to a Game I Love

Oct 22, 2018

From eight to twenty-two, I had trouble enjoying lacrosse. I had a blast with my teammates, and I rejoiced when we won games, but there was a darker side that I never liked. Then I found officiating, and a whole new world opened up!

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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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U.S. National Team Player Performance Camps Begin in August

Jun 19, 2018

US Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, encourages players of all skill levels to register for a U.S. National Team Player Performance Camp scheduled to begin in August. Camps will be held at the following locations:

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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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"60 Ways to Play" Helps Get Kids Moving the Right Way

Jun 05, 2018

US Lacrosse has published a new resource for coaches, “60 Ways to Play” that provides the tools and understanding behind the principles of physical literacy to help children discover how their body works and how to move on their own without constant inference or “over-coaching.”

Physical literacy is one of six core values of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, and a key building block to developing a well-rounded athlete.

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Seven Things I Wished I Knew When I Started Coaching

May 16, 2018

One of the hardest things about coaching is getting started. Everything seems new and you’re not sure where to turn. We surveyed several of the coaches on the US Lacrosse staff and asked them, “What’s the one thing you know now that you wished you knew when you started coaching?”

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Five Easy to Use Coaching Resources from US Lacrosse

Apr 23, 2018

Digital options abound for coaches to continue development throughout season

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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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