New York Lizards Blog

Don't Stop Playing Outdoor Lacrosse after the Season Ends

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM


In some local communities, the high school lacrosse season has already ended. But, that’s no reason to put away your stick until next spring. As long as the sun is shining, you can play still outdoor lacrosse all summer long.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

Why a Lacrosse Net is an Awesome Addition to your Backyard

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Apr 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

On Long Island, the lacrosse season knows no bounds. From Bethpage to Ward Melville, young players can be seen playing lax anywhere and everywhere, including their own backyards. Although a toss between friends is always fun, there’s nothing better than having a lacrosse net right in your own backyard.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

3 Keys to Watching (and Enjoying) Youth Lacrosse Games

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Apr 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse games are played at high speeds. If you are new to the sport, it can be tough to understand exactly what is going on. To really enjoy the action, there are a few things you should learn before attending your next youth game.

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Topics: Insider, Games

Lacrosse Skills Drills that Improve your Weak Hand

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Nobody is born with all-star lacrosse skills. To be the best, many players spend hour after hour throwing the ball against the wall. Through this simple repetitive action, young athletes often gain a serious edge over the competition, the ability to play lacrosse both lefty and righty.

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Topics: Player Development

How Youth Coaches can make Lacrosse Competition Fun

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

With practices to run and games to win, it’s easy for a youth lacrosse coach to forget about the importance of having fun. However, this common mistake can be easily corrected if you learn to recognize when and where it happens. To make the most of your coaching experience, follow these three steps to making lacrosse competition fun again.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

Why the Fastest Game on Two Feet can't be Beat

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 22, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse is always fun to play, but that’s not the only reason to participate this spring. In practices and games, lacrosse consistently delivers on its promise of being the fastest game on two feet. If you are thinking about joining a local lax team, consider these three reasons why lacrosse is a young athlete’s dream.

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Topics: Player Development

Lacrosse Ground Ball Drills that Reinforce the Fundamentals

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Possession is nine-tenths of the game of lacrosse. Without it, your team has no shot of putting points on the board. To increase offensive opportunities, lacrosse teams across the country spend practice time emphasizing the fundamentals, like scooping. Whether you are a novice coach or a young athlete, these three lacrosse ground ball drills will help you win the all-important battle for possession.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

5 Lacrosse Books every Athlete must Read

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse is a unique game with a rich history. Through the years, American authors have documented the sport’s combination of tradition and competition. If you are looking for a good read this winter, these five lacrosse books are real page-turners.

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Topics: Insider, Player Development

A Sports Performance Training Playlist that will Pump you Up

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Sports performance training is all about creating a positive state of mind. You might need a hard rock song to get the blood pumping. Or, you might need an upbeat tune to be able to stay positive even when your body is telling you to quit. Whatever your workout routine may be, this Lizards-approved playlist has all the inspiration you need.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Player Development, Off Season

5 Benefits of Sports Participation Besides Winning

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You may have heard the famous saying, “winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Although Hall of Fame football coach Vince Lombardi had a point when he said it, there are many benefits of sports participation that extend far beyond the field. From improved physical fitness to networking opportunities, find out why playing lacrosse is a solid investment in your child’s future.

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Topics: Player Development