New York Lizards Blog

Sports Safety Tips for Youth Lacrosse Athletes

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

In a contact sport like lacrosse, injuries are bound to happen. But, there are simple sports safety strategies parents and kids can follow to help minimize the risk of injuries, limiting time spent on the sidelines.

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Topics: Player Development

Learn How to be a Team-First Lax Player

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

Lacrosse is a true team sport. From Major League Lacrosse right down to the local New York youth leagues, the best lax players don’t just have mad skills, they are great teammates, too. If you would like to make a greater contribution to your youth lacrosse team in the spring, one thing you can do is learn to put the team first.

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Topics: Player Development

The New York Lizards Lacrosse Trivia Game

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

America’s oldest sport, lacrosse, is full of folklore and fascinating facts. From the first bloody contests to today’s pro game, there’s a lot of lacrosse trivia even the most die-hard fans do not know. Whether you are a seasoned lax rat, a dedicated sports parent or a novice coach, these 15 questions will put your lacrosse knowledge to the test.

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Topics: Insider

More than Fun and Games: 4 Other Reasons Kids Lacrosse Rules

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

Lacrosse, like any other competitive sport, is not only a fun way for young boys to pass the time with friends. Kids lacrosse is also a valuable experience that has both obvious and hidden benefits, which tend to last long after the season ends.

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Topics: Player Development

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