New York Lizards Blog

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

A Parent's Checklist for Starting a Youth Lacrosse Team

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in America. It is a high-octane game of skill that teaches young athletes the value of hard-work and sportsmanship. As a result, parents across the country are starting new lacrosse teams. If you are thinking of joining this emerging trend, our checklist will help you reach your goal.

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Topics: Coaching

The Basics of Man-to-Man and Zone Defense in Lacrosse

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Aug 24, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Lacrosse defense is about way more than the over-the-head check. To shut down your opponent, you need to be well-versed in fundamental formations, like the man-to-man and zone defenses. By learning these two basic strategies, you will have a better shot at winning more games.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

A New Coach’s Guide to Formations in a Lacrosse Playbook

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jun 29, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you are new to coaching the game, you probably have more than a few questions about how to set up an effective lacrosse offense. Like basketball, there are several recommended formations that are used in different game situations. From the 1-4-1 to the 3-3, these are five common offensive sets your lacrosse playbook must have.

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Topics: Coaching

Man-Up: How to Capitalize on Lacrosse Penalties

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 31, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Like in hockey, penalty play is a critical part of the game of lacrosse. The brief man-advantage offers some of the game’s best scoring opportunities. More often than not, the team that capitalizes most on lacrosse penalties emerges victorious.

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Topics: Player Development, Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching

4 Winning Qualities of a Lacrosse Team Captain

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Paul Rabil’s world-renowned lacrosse skills help the New York Lizards score goals, but it’s actually his leadership abilities that propel the squad to victory. Just like #99, lacrosse team captains can make their teammates better by practicing these four winning qualities.

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Topics: Player Development, Coaching

Lacrosse Practice Drills that help your Team Win Games

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

Whether you are new to coaching or are an experienced veteran, you can always benefit from having a few more lacrosse practice drills in your bag of tricks. These five lax exercises are an excellent way to help players improve in a fun atmosphere.

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Topics: Player Development, Coaching

Lax Team Building Exercises every Squad must try

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 9, 2018 10:00:00 AM

As a coach, one of your jobs is to help build a cohesive unit of players that functions together as one. By strengthening your lax team’s bonds, you may not only win more games, but you will also improve young athletes’ personal development. Any youth lacrosse coach can accomplish these important goals with a few simple team building activities.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

How to Play Lacrosse: Riding Techniques for Attackmen

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 19, 2018 10:00:00 AM

After the offensive team loses possession of the ball, attackmen must quickly switch gears to playing defense. As the goalie and his supporting cast try to move the ball across midfield, it’s the attack’s job to stop them. Any offensive player who wants to know how to play lacrosse on an advanced level needs to learn how to ride the defense.

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Topics: Player Development, Coaching, Lacrosse Techniques

Local Lacrosse Coaches Enshrined in the Hall of Fame

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Throughout the history of the sport, lacrosse coaches have been pivotal players in the development of young athletes. From high school to college, they have taught the fundamentals, led their squads to championships and so much more. While many of these local heroes go largely unrecognized, there are a few who have received the sport’s ultimate honor, induction into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

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Topics: Coaching