Letting Go: A Key to Athlete Development

Apr 04, 2018

How do kids learn to ride a bike?  Do we have them pedal 50 times with only their right foot, then 50 times with only their left foot?  Do we have them sit stationary and practice turning the handlebars right 25 times, then left 25 times?  Do they have personal braking coaches? The answer to all of these is no. We give them some guidance, hold the seat while they pedal and gain enough speed to balance, then we let go.

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Understanding Talent

Mar 14, 2018

Let’s start this off by getting the hard part of the conversation out of the way. Repeat after me: “There is no such thing as an elite 8-year-old lacrosse player. There are no high-performance 10-year-old lacrosse players.” 

Breathe. 

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Presentations from LaxCon Available for On-Demand Review

Mar 12, 2018

Nearly 100 videos and audio PowerPoints from lacrosse's largest educational event can assist coaches and officials in professional development

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IMLCA Endorses US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules

Mar 02, 2018

The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) has given its endorsement to the US Lacrosse Official Rules for Boys’ Youth Lacrosse. The US Lacrosse youth rules cover competition from the 6U to 14U age groups and have been designed to align with the principles of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.

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The Impact of Being a Youth Coach

Feb 22, 2018

Charlotte Hounds head coach Jim Stagnitta credits his earliest coaches as being some of the most influential of his athletic career.

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Registration Open for U.S. National Team Player Performance Camps

Feb 09, 2018

Registration is now open for the five U.S. National Team Player Performance Camps scheduled for this summer. Camps will be held at the following locations:

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The Secret Ingredient in Olympic Success

Feb 08, 2018

With the 2018 Winter Olympics set to begin, it’s a great time to think about what makes an Olympian. There are certainly countless hours of training, raw talent, sacrifice, coaching and a commitment to be the best.

And then there’s love.

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Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line

Jan 31, 2018

John O’Sullivan, founder of the Changing the Game Project, penned an interesting blog last week entitled, “Winning the Race to the Right Finish Line in Youth Sports.”

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Age, It's All Relative

Jan 26, 2018

Recent research in sport has shown that at the “elite” level of participation, there is an over-representation of athletes born in the first three months (the September 1 birthday) following a sport’s age and eligibility cut-off date. This phenomenon is often referred to as the Relative Age Effect and it has some serious implications for the development of aspiring young athletes.

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US Lacrosse Releases Rules Interpretation Videos for High School and Youth

Jan 15, 2018

Four videos illustrate rule changes and mechanics, and represent essential part of preseason 

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