Building Fundamental Motor Skills for Lacrosse Athletes

Dec 08, 2016

“Before you run, you have to walk, and before you walk you have to crawl”. “Before you build a house, you must first lay the foundation”. “Movements first, muscles second”. Youth lacrosse coaches must consider both the specific skills needed for the sport (i.e., cradle, pass, shoot, catch, etc.), and the bio-motor abilities (i.e., balance, speed, agility, flexibility, etc.) that help the young lacrosse athlete physically perform the specific sport skills effectively.

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John O'Sullivan Eager to Bring Experience to LaxCon

Dec 02, 2016

John O’Sullivan played soccer, not lacrosse, but he’s aware of the problems that plague children who play both sports.

O’Sullivan, an Oregon native who grew up on Long Island, helped coach his son, Tiernan, after he decided to play lacrosse. There O’Sullivan, the former collegiate soccer player and coach, witnessed the same results-first undertones he experienced in soccer.

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The Agonizing Dilemma: Winning vs. Development

Nov 28, 2016

Whether you’re a player, coach or parent, no one wants to lose. But what if your overwhelming desire to win is actually hurting your development? Look at the story of tennis pro Dominic Thiem, who took a big step backward to get better.

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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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Developing Athleticism for Lacrosse: Where to Begin?

Nov 16, 2016

Developing physical literacy is a core value of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. Tony Moreno writes that flexibility, balance, coordination, agility, and quickness are the most important bio-motor abilities for younger athletes.

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Competition, Not Specialization, Builds Elite Athletes

Nov 15, 2016

If you think single-sport specialization is the path to success, former Team USA member Mitch Belisle of Trilogy Lacrosse has some advice for you: Go climb a tree.

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How Do You Grow the Game?

Nov 08, 2016

US Lacrosse hosted more than 30 lacrosse and sports industry leaders Oct. 26 at its national headquarters in Sparks, Md., to address growing concerns over the sport’s flattening participation rate. The group, which included representatives of leading lacrosse manufacturers and retailers, rallied around the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.

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John O'Sullivan to Deliver LaxCon Keynote

Nov 04, 2016

John O’Sullivan, founder and CEO of the Changing the Game Project, has been selected as the keynote speaker of the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon). O’Sullivan, a former collegiate and professional soccer player and a former coach at all levels, established in 2012 the Changing the Game Project to help parents, coaches and youth sports organizations put more “play” in playing sports.

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What You Say Versus What They Hear

Oct 31, 2016

What coaches say and what kids hear can come through loud and clear, or can undergo a significant metamorphosis depending on the age of the child. The younger the child, the more single-step, specific, positive, and repetitive communication must be.

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Sports Tailor Made to Youth Players

Oct 27, 2016

The rules for youth lacrosse have been aligned with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) to build a logical progression for introducing and developing lacrosse players. Here's a look at what some other sports do for younger players, and how new player development initiatives are being implemented.

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