Summer School: Your Child's Chance to Improve Lacrosse Skills

May 19, 2017

Remember when summer was a time for hopping on your bike in the morning, riding around town with your friends, getting wet and muddy down at the river? Remember when the family would hop in the car on Friday when Mom and/or Dad got home and head to the beach for the weekend? I think it’s safe to say our kids will mostly never have those same memories. Youth sport has changed. Trips to the amusement park, lake, or the beach have been replaced with travel from one set of fields to the next almost every weekend.

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Erik Hove's San Ramon Raptors Welcoming the LADM

May 18, 2017

Erik Hove, one of the earliest adopters of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model in Northern California, did not play lacrosse. He wasn’t familiar with the game until he and his son were introduced to it just five years ago.

However, he brought his knowledge of USA Hockey’s Athlete Development Model to the lacrosse game, coaching for the San Ramon Raptor Lacrosse Club — which covers children in the San Francisco suburbs of San Ramon and Dublin.

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Camp Sanctioning Program Announced

May 18, 2017

Best-practice standards in five operational areas highlight initiative to enrich camp experience for players

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Coaches Webinar: Play More to Play Better

May 17, 2017

US Lacrosse will hold another session in its series of webinars on the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model on Wednesday, May 24 at 8 pm (Eastern). The title for this webinar is "Play More to Play Better." This one-hour webinar will discuss the value of multi-sport participation in developing high-performance athletes, featuring guest speaker Reed Maltbie from Changing the Game Project.

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Joe Hezlep's Small-Sided Philosophies Inspired by John Fay

May 11, 2017

Joe Hezlep swears by the benefits of small-sided play. He’s introduced his players, at the youth level and Scarborough High School in Maine, to small-sided lacrosse in an effort to develop skills and keep them engaged with the game.

Like many coaches attending the 2016 US Lacrosse Convention, Hezlep, then president of the Maine Youth Lacrosse Association, took in a presentation about the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. He was interested immediately, and began to implement its principles in his youth leagues within the year.

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Seeing the Big Picture Through Smaller Players

Apr 18, 2017

Brittany Philip, a champion of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM), grew up in upstate New York as a four-year lacrosse standout at Corning-Painted Post East High School.

When her school’s girls’ basketball coach approached her, asking her to play, her response was simple.

“No, I’m a lacrosse player,” she said.

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Coaching Webinar: Start Small for Big Results

Apr 11, 2017

US Lacrosse will hold a coaching webinar as part of its Lacrosse Athlete Development Series entitled "Start Small for Big Results."

The webinar takes place on Wednesday, April 19 at 8 pm (Eastern) and is free of charge.

This one-hour webinar will explore the use of small sided games, competitions, and free play to develop confident and competent competitors. If you cannot attend the live event, that’s ok.  Register anyway and you will automatically receive a recording 24-48 hours after the live broadcast.

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Three Drills to Better Your Players Stick Skills

Apr 04, 2017

As a player, I was always taught that superior stick skills win games. It’s hard to beat a team that can consistently catch and throw under pressure. As a coach, I try and pass on that knowledge to my players. When coaching young girls who are still developing skills, you want to emphasize the basics. Here are three drills that I use to better my team’s stick skills:

#1: Stickwork Inside the Center Circle

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Webinar: Making Practices Fun and Kid-Centered

Mar 14, 2017

Do you want your kids sprinting from the car to the practice field, or do you want to see them trudging their way there, step by step? If you want them sprinting with excitement, then make plans to join our webinar, "Making Lacrosse Fun and Kid Centered" on Thursday, March 23 from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern).

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Can Do Attitude Starts with Eliminating "Can't"

Mar 09, 2017

Over the past 12 months or so, our athlete development team has had an opportunity to present to somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 people from all walks of the lacrosse community about our efforts with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model. One common theme pops up from time to time in these presentations. “I like what you guys are saying, it all makes sense, I want to do this but I can’t because...”  Have you found yourself saying the same thing?

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