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Becoming BJ O'Hara: Tips for a New Youth Lacrosse Coach

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

Coaching a youth lacrosse team is a big step for a first-timer. There are rules to learn, terminology to master and even parents to manage. While it’s unlikely you’ll ever win as many games as New York Lizards’ head coach BJ O’Hara, you can still learn these professional tips and tricks to become a better youth lacrosse coach.

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Topics: Coaching

Could Change be Coming to Lacrosse Face Off Rules?

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The lacrosse face off, one of the signature elements of the game, may soon undergo a facelift on the international stage. One of the sport’s largest governing bodies is now considering making changes to the rules of the draw, causing some push back from lacrosse purists.

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Topics: Insider

National High School Boys Lacrosse Rules Changes for 2020

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Over the summer, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced 10 new boys lacrosse rules that will take effect next season. These new rule book revisions aim to make the fastest game on two feet safer and more enjoyable for everyone.

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Topics: Insider, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Games

No Frills Exercises to Improve Youth Athletic Performance

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 23, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Professional lacrosse players are not just stick wizards. They have reached the highest level of America’s oldest sport, because they also can sprint like the wind, turn on a dime and jog for hours on end. If you want to play like Rob Pannell and the rest of the New York Lizards squad, work these seven basic youth athletic performance exercises into your weekly routine.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Player Development, Off Season

5 Smart Sun Protection Tips for Playing Outdoor Sports

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

With lax camps to attend and travel league games to play, youth lacrosse players are often out in the sun for multiple hours a day during the summer. To stay safe while playing outdoor sports, it’s important to take precautions that limit skin damage. Learn ways to protect your child’s skin this summer.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

Trick Lacrosse Shots even Amateur Athletes can do

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 26, 2019 10:00:00 AM

As much as we stress working on the fundamentals, there’s nothing better than shooting around. After practice, in-between games and during the off-season, lacrosse players often get silly with the rock. Although seldom used during games, trick lacrosse shots can provide countless hours of fun on the practice field.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques

Rob Pannell Vlogs you Need to Watch Right Now

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 12, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Everyone knows that the New York Lizards’ all-star attackman Rob Pannell is a joy to watch on the lacrosse field. But, did you know that he is nasty with the video camera, too? In between Major League Lacrosse games, RP3 drops knowledge on his YouTube channel.

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Topics: Insider, Games

5 Rules of being a True Professional Lacrosse Fan

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jun 28, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Anyone who has ever been to Shuart Stadium has felt the presence of the slithering army of Zards Nation. All game long, these super fans rock the house like no other supporters in professional lacrosse. If you would like be a part of this exclusive club, you must be able to follow these five rules.

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Topics: Games

A Challenging Lacrosse Wall Ball Routine for Skilled Players

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jun 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

If you have dreams of playing for the New York Lizards, the reality is that you need to spend some serious time at the wall. Although catching and throwing over and over again may seem boring, lacrosse wall ball just might be the best way to practice individual skills.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Player Development

How to Show the Squad you’re a Die Hard Lizards Lacrosse Fan

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 30, 2019 10:00:00 AM

New York Lizards lacrosse fans are the not-so-silent driving force behind the team’s success. They fill Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium game-in and game-out, screaming their lungs out at every play. The die-hards of ‘Zards Nation are really what makes every game a memorable event.

Whether you’re a high school lacrosse star, a youth coach or a lax parent, find out if you have what it takes to be considered a number one Lizards fan.

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Topics: Games