New York Lizards Blog

Become an All-Star At-Home Lax Coach

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Apr 30, 2020 4:57:27 PM

Lately, we’ve all been spending more time at home than usual. By now, you and your kids have probably grown bored of board games. As the weather improves, adding backyard lacrosse sessions to the daily mix can help everyone beat cabin fever. Learn how to be an at-home lax coach (even if you have no experience whatsoever).

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development, Off Season

Encourage Player Growth with this Athlete Development Model

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 27, 2020 10:00:00 AM

Of course, lacrosse is a joy to watch at the professional level, but most of its participants are young children across the country who may never score at a goal at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. But, there’s nothing wrong with that. For them, America’s oldest sport is a golden opportunity for athlete development and a whole lot of fun, too. If you coach youth lacrosse, learn a few quick tips for how to enhance your players’ experience.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

Lax Apps that Teach and Entertain Players and Coaches Alike

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 14, 2020 10:00:00 AM

To master the sport of lacrosse, players and coaches must become students of the game, not just on the field, but off it, too. From watching New York Lizards games to reading educational books, you can find opportunities to learn about lacrosse everywhere, even right on your phone. When you have some downtime, pick up your cell and try one of these hot new apps.

You never know. You just might learn a thing or two.

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Topics: Insider, Coaching, 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

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

How Youth Coaches can make Lacrosse Competition Fun

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

With practices to run and games to win, it’s easy for a youth lacrosse coach to forget about the importance of having fun. However, this common mistake can be easily corrected if you learn to recognize when and where it happens. To make the most of your coaching experience, follow these three steps to making lacrosse competition fun again.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

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, Coaching, Player Development

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: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

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: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development