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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A Logical Progression: The Evolution of Lacrosse Players

Oct 25, 2016

Why the U.S. lags behind smaller countries — and lacrosse lags behind other sports — in long-term athlete development.

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FAQ: New US Lacrosse Youth Rules

Oct 24, 2016

Last month, US Lacrosse announced new rules for youth lacrosse that align with the principles of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). The LADM is designed to encourage skill development and grow overall participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through its coaching curriculum and the associated age-appropriate rule sets.

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Get Chunking: Increase Efficiency with Station-Based Practices

Oct 18, 2016

An athlete development-minded coach knows better than to have his or her entire team participating in just one or two drills at a time. Young athletes come to practice to participate, not to stand around and wait their turn in a robotic exercise. Spreading them across multiple stations directly engages them and drastically reduces waiting time. And with more individualized instruction, they will improve faster.

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