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Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed

“Game Shots at Game Spots at Game Speed” What a wonderful concise message to send to our players during practice when they are shooting around. This goes for all sports. How many times do we see kids arriving to practice early and taking shots that they will never take during a game? In basketball it’s [...]

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Helping Parents Gain Perspective

Helping Parents Gain Perspective

There is a wonderful article making it’s way around the blogosphere by Dr. Louis Profeta about helping parents gain a more sane approach to youth sports. If you haven’t read it yet, Kudda highly recommends it as it helps to point out some common occurrences of parents having their priorities skewed. I loved the reasoning [...]

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Splitting the Field: Important Concept in Defense

Splitting the Field: Important Concept in Defense

Special thanks to UVA assistant coach Jessy Morgan.

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3v2 West Genny Drill

3v2 West Genny Drill

Special thanks to Winthrop University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach John Sung

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Early Season Practices and What to Focus On

Early Season Practices and What to Focus On

I wrote this article a few years ago and wanted to share it as it still contains some valuable ideas about what coaches should be focused on during the early part of their seasons Early season practices- Habits of great coaches In our discussions with MIAA coaches, the number one mistake they see youth league [...]

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A Great 2v1 Drill to Get Your Practices Started

A Great 2v1 Drill to Get Your Practices Started

Special thanks to Winthrop University Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach John Sung

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Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

Teach Your Lacrosse Players How to Beat a Zone Defense by Applying Concepts from Basketball

     By applying the same principles used to beat zone defenses in basketball, offenses in lacrosse can benefit and better attack the zone defense. Good basketball coaches, instead of running set plays against a zone defense, should be teaching the players HOW to beat a zone defense. Gap, Distort and Destroy are three very easy [...]

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How Do You Define Yourself as a Coach?

How Do You Define Yourself as a Coach?

     One year while I was teaching we had one of those forced guest-speakers at a faculty meeting under the guise of professional development. As each teacher introduced themselves as, “I teach 5th grade math” or, “I teach 6th grade history”, I was feeling pretty cynical. So when it got to me, I blurted out, [...]

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