How Soon is Too Soon to Specialize?

Oct 05, 2016

Across the country, athletes are starting to specialize in a chosen sport at younger and younger ages. But how young is too young? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a clinical report published in the Pediatrics journal last month examining this topic. The short answer is — athletes should not specialize in a single sport at least until they reach puberty, and preferably not until later in adolescence (approximately 15-16 years of age).

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Enhanced Version of Mobile Coach Launches

Sep 23, 2016

US Lacrosse launched the latest version of its Mobile Coach app earlier this month, and it’s full of enhancements and upgrades that will help coaches be more efficient with their time, allowing them to help their players get better.

The app includes access to more than 500 men’s and women’s drills and videos available on your iOS or Android device, and much more. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to find in the new Mobile Coach release:

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A Case for Change in Youth Lacrosse

Sep 21, 2016

Recently, US Lacrosse published a summary of the changes that are happening to the youth lacrosse rules, effective in 2017.  There are some that feel these changes have gone “too far” and are ruining the sport of lacrosse.

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US Lacrosse Announces New Girls' Youth Rules

Sep 19, 2016

The US Lacrosse Board of Directors has recently approved girls’ youth lacrosse rules that align with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). The new rules are based on the core values of the LADM, which is to encourage skill development and grow participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through developmentally appropriate rule sets tailored to specific age groupings.

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US Lacrosse Announces New Boys' Youth Rules

Sep 19, 2016

The US Lacrosse Board of Directors recently approved boys’ youth lacrosse rules that align with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). The new rules are based on the core values of the LADM, which are to encourage skill development and grow participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through developmentally appropriate rule sets tailored to specific age groupings.

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US Lacrosse ADM Coaches Clinic in Charlotte

Sep 07, 2016

US Lacrosse will showcase its Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) during a clinic for coaches in Charlotte, N.C., on September 16.

The two-hour clinic is designed to provide an overview of the LADM while covering station-based practices, small-sided games and age-appropriate practice planning.

The clinic, which begins at 7 pm at Charlotte Country Day School, is free for US Lacrosse members and $20 for guests. Resource materials will be provided to clinic attendees.

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Getting Better Should Trump Specialization

Aug 24, 2016

There are more and more playing opportunities outside of the traditional lacrosse season, which is driving young players towards specialization. There is plenty of evidence to suggest this is hampering individual's long-term athletic development.

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US Lacrosse Has Allies in Reimagining Youth Sports

Jun 17, 2016

The evaporation of recreational play, limited physical activity in low-income communities, concern about overuse and head injuries, the trend toward single-sport specialization and the lack of trained coaches were chief among topics May 17 at The Aspen Ins

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Making the Fastest Game on Two Feet Faster

Jun 07, 2016

US Lacrosse recently worked with the Mid-Penn League for their end of the season tournament in Mechanicsburg, Pa., to help experiment with small-sided games included in the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model in hopes of finding better ways to introduce the

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How to Implement the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model

May 24, 2016

US Lacrosse his hosting a one-hour webinar on June 1 geared towards program leaders to provide guidance on implementing the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.

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