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How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How to Create Great Pre and Post Game Talks

How and What to say to your team before and after games. Please remember that EVERYTHING you say and do w/ your team should have a purpose. Coach K and Dean Smith both wrote about how every interaction was pre-planned. The message, location and tone were all thought out ahead of time to maximize the [...]

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Number 1 Coaching Strategy to Winning More Games

Number 1 Coaching Strategy to Winning More Games

     Imagine a seasoned HS varsity team playing against a very skilled team of 11-12 year olds. The younger players can all dodge but they are not going to beat the older players 1v1. They can pass the ball all they want but they won’t be able to penetrate the varsity defense. The varsity players [...]

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Coaches: Control the “Controllables”

Coaches: Control the “Controllables”

                  What do you, as a coach, control? Effort Heart Preparation Passion Pace of play Reactions What we don’t control: Weather Bad calls Lucky shots, and a hot opponent Stronger opponents Difficult playing conditions Injuries

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Evidence that Lacrosse Really is a Rich Kid’s Sport- InfoGraphic

As the following infographic clearly shows, lacrosse is still an elite sport played mostly by higher income families. In data collected from 2013, 48% of players come from families earning over $75,000/year. The second infographic shows that few lacrosse players come from households earning less than $25,000.

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Video Drill: Lacrosse 1v1 to a 4v4 Buildup

Video Drill: Lacrosse 1v1 to a 4v4 Buildup

This is a great drill to get players building a progression starting with a 1v1, then a 2v2, to a 3v3 and then to a 4v4. The drill starts with a 1v1 in the corner and it is simply mano to mano. Offense is focused on beating the defender and going to goal. The defender [...]

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Sideways 3v2 Lacrosse Drill

Sideways 3v2 Lacrosse Drill

This is a great drill to get a lot of reps while teaching some great concepts. Not all 3v2′s are from the middle of the field. Often, there’s a unbalanced situation originating from the side and this drills mimics those moments. Some offensive concepts to stress: Draw and Dish- never allow 1 defender to play [...]

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Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Learning to Anticipate Where to Pass Before Receiving the Ball.

Being able to anticipate where you want to pass a ball before the ball is in your possession is one of those factors that separates  average players with elite players. I was reminded this morning of this after I received my weekly newsletter from CoachRB. Great shooters prepare two passes ahead. Average shooters just one pass ahead. [...]

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“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

“There’s No Shaking Hands In Baseball”

 OK, so maybe Tom Hanks’ character didn’t really say this in “League of Their Own”, but he would’ve been right if he had. The post game handshake. Symbolic of good sportsmanship and the understanding that it was only a game. Throughout youth sports, we teach our players that at the end of the game, we [...]

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