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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, Player Development, Coaching

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: Player Development, Insider

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: Player Development, Lacrosse Conditioning, 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

New Youth Lacrosse Goalie Chest Protector Rule Approved for 2021

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

US Lacrosse has approved new youth rules that will better protect goalies’ hearts. Beginning in 2021, lacrosse goalie chest protectors must meet new performance standards that are designed to prevent a hard shot from causing a rare type of heart attack.

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Topics: Off Season, Player Development

Girls Lacrosse vs. Boys: The Differences in the Two Games

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you have children who play lacrosse, you might have noticed boys and girls lax rules are not exactly the same. Although both games are derived from the Native American sport, they have many key differences that make them unique.

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Topics: Off Season, Player Development

2019 Boys Youth Lacrosse Rules Changes

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 16, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With lax season just a few short months away, the sport’s national governing body has released updated youth lacrosse rules for levels of play 14U and younger. The 2019 changes include a new penalty for body checks that “target” a player and a clarification of the classic warding off move.

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Topics: Off Season, Insider

How to Play Lacrosse: Defensive Positioning

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 26, 2018 10:00:00 AM

With strong defense, the New York Lizards would never have won three Major League Lacrosse championships. New York’s long sticks don’t get beat often because of stellar defensive positioning. If you want to elevate your game, learn how to play lacrosse defense like a ‘Zard.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

When is the Right Time for Boys to Start Weight Training?

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Since lacrosse is a very physical sport, there can be some pressure to “get big” even at an early age. Although strength does improve athletic performance, youth weight training is best approached with caution.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

How Off-Season Indoor Lacrosse gives you an On-Field Edge

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Sep 21, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Champions are made during the off-season. They put in the work all-year-round to gain an edge on game day. Champions are the ones who hit the wall after school and play indoor lacrosse in the winter. This dedication to the sport can be what makes the difference between first and second place.

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Topics: Player Development