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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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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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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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6 Tactics to Build Your Coaching Resources and Network

As you read through this list, what other tactics could you use and how many can you reasonably accomplish? 1) Meet with staff. Regularly meet with them to keep communication open and consistent. It will also allow you to brainstorm and try new approaches. When one person is thinking of something innovative, hearing feedback from [...]

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Top 3 Reasons Why Your Practices Suck

Having experienced the thrill of coaching thousands of practices and watching others do the same, here are the top reasons why some practices fail while others are very successful. 1) No one told me about avoiding the 3 L’s Ask any veteran coach and this will be the first piece of advice they give rookies. [...]

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A Few Thoughts on 2015 US Lacrosse Convention

A Few Thoughts on 2015 US Lacrosse Convention

The lacrosse community descended on Baltimore this past weekend for the annual convention. I attended both Friday and Saturday, took part in many of the speaker talks as well as visited the exhibit hall. For the first time in a few years, Kudda was not a vendor as the exhibiting fee has increased so much [...]

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