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A Long Stick Middie's Guide to the Lacrosse Face Off

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 22, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A long stick midfielder (LSM) is the lacrosse equivalent of a utility player. Although they may not play every minute, they can be substituted into the game to play defense, offense or even to take a lacrosse face off.

While it may seem unorthodox at first, LSMs can and will face off against short stick midfielders during a game. This face off strategy is sometimes used because it has the potential to turn the tide of the game if approached in the right way.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

3 Lacrosse Drills that Sharpen Players’ Passing Skills

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 15, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It’s easy to take catching and throwing for granted. However, these fundamentals lacrosse skills can get rusty without regular repetition. As a result, many teams frequently practice lacrosse drills that develop these core skills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

Lacrosse Goalie Drills: How to Develop Faster Feet and Hands

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 8, 2017 10:00:00 AM

With a six-by-six foot cage, the game of lacrosse asks its goaltenders to cover a lot of territory. As middies and attackmen fire shots from all angles, a goalie’s reaction time is the real difference-maker. Since the fastest game on two feet is never in slow motion, any keeper can benefit from practicing these five simple lacrosse goalie drills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

The History of Lacrosse: From Baggataway to Today

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The history of lacrosse stretches back well before the birth of America. Modern day lax is the descendant of a recreational activity invented by the Native Americans. Before Paul Rabil showed us all how to really shoot behind the back, indigenous tribes were playing lacrosse games that lasted for several days.

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Topics: Insider

3 Wall Ball Drills for Youth Lacrosse Players

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 25, 2017 10:10:00 AM

Wall ball is a universal lacrosse practice activity. Even stars like Paul Rabil and Matt Gibson continually improve their stick skills through the simple act of tossing a lacrosse ball against a wall. It’s what helps Rabil shoot the rock with authority, and it enables Gibby to dust defenders with shocking regularity. However, wall ball is not just for the pros. It is also an effective way to help new lacrosse players gain confidence with catching, passing and cradling skills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development

Professional Lacrosse Tips: Mastering Midfield Play

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 18, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Midfielders are the heart and soul of any lacrosse team. These versatile players cover more territory and see more action than anyone else. In their quest to win championships, professional lacrosse middies master several skills, including scooping, shooting and dodging, which you too can learn today.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

New 2017 High School Lacrosse Rules Explained

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSH) is emphasizing safety on the lacrosse field next season. In August, the NFSH lacrosse rules committee made changes that aim to minimize players’ risk of injury.

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Topics: Off Season

5 Things to Think about before Coaching Lacrosse Games

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A lacrosse coach is a lot more than someone who cruises the sidelines carrying a whistle and a stick. The best coaches use tactics, like practice plans and individual instruction, to help their players develop and win lacrosse games all season long.  

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Topics: Coaching

How to Play Lacrosse: Fast Break Defense

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Defending a 4-on-3 fast break is always a challenge in the game of lacrosse. How does a team match up against an offense when they have one less player? By following this fundamental method, any squad can learn how to play lacrosse transition defense in a way that stops fast breaks in their tracks.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

5 Tips for Working out in Cold Weather

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With tryouts approaching, the winter months are the prime time to get in shape. However, it is challenging to stay on course with a workout regime while battling frigid conditions. Whether your off-season training has been hampered by wind, rain, snow or simply a lack of desire, these five tips for working out will help put you back on track.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Training, Player Development, Off Season