New York Lizards Blog

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

How to Shoot the Rock like the New York Lizards

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It’s easy to pick up a lacrosse stick and start firing on a cage, but it takes practice to shoot with accuracy and velocity. To be the best, the New York Lizards and other lax professionals follow these seven steps of proper shooting mechanics.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

How to Master Scooping a Lacrosse Ground Ball

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Scooping a lacrosse ground ball is one of the most fundamental skills in the game. Still, many players do it improperly.

Coaches everywhere harp on the importance of proper technique, because the team who wins the ground ball battle may also win the game. Regardless of coaches’ prodding, players still sometimes scoop a lacrosse ground ball standing straight up or with only one hand.

If you are new to the game of lacrosse or you’ve been around long enough to take ground balls for granted, this quick refresher will put you in better shape for next season.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

Why we are Thankful for the Game of Lacrosse

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 23, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse is more than a sport to us. From the first snow melt to long after daylight savings, the game of lacrosse is part of the fabric of our lives. This Thanksgiving, we are reminded of our gratitude for America’s oldest sport.

We appreciate the little things and the big things that make lacrosse great.

We are thankful for its simple pleasures, like lazy tosses on the front lawn, its important moments, like playoff games at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, and everything in between.

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Topics: Off Season

Youth Lacrosse Teams Always Win when there’s Teamwork

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 16, 2016 10:00:00 AM

On the lacrosse field, teamwork is what makes the dream work. Lacrosse teams whose players learn to complement each other have the best shot of becoming winners both on and off the field.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

The Benefits of Becoming a Youth Lacrosse Referee

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Because being a bystander isn’t nearly as satisfying as active participation, there is much to be gained from becoming a youth lacrosse referee.

Here, we count down the top five reasons why you should get off the sidelines and into the game.

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Topics: Off Season

How a Youth Lacrosse Coach Can Give a Pep Talk like a Pro

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

A youth lacrosse coach teaches and guides their players through the ups and downs of a season. They’re the voice of motivation in practices and on sidelines.

But, on game day is when they really prove their worth. Top coaches, like the New York Lizards’ Joe Spallina, follow these tips when crafting speeches to inspire their players to greatness.

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Topics: Coaching

Athlete Burnout: Knowing When to Say When

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 26, 2016 1:00:00 PM

We all know the love of lacrosse is a powerful force. It leads us to practice at the wall after dusk or to perfect our stick tricks at any available moment. There’s no doubt these pursuits are noble, but can too much lacrosse cause athlete burnout?

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development