New York Lizards Blog

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

Old but Reliable Lacrosse Drills for Youth Players

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 27, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Great lacrosse players are built on the development of fundamental skills, like scooping, catching and shooting. While it may be popular to hire personal lacrosse trainers or buy expensive equipment, there are many tried-and-true lacrosse drills for youth players that still develop great results.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

Should I Worry about Lacrosse Hits and other Safety Issues?

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Despite its rough nature, lacrosse is a safe sport when played correctly. Today, the fastest game on two feet is more about finesse than anything else. With all the equipment available, players and parents should not fear even big lacrosse hits.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development

3 Tips and Tricks for Getting Open on a Lacrosse Field

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

There’s more to scoring goals than having wicked shooting skills. How well you play off-the-ball on the lacrosse field may make just as big a difference. If you have ever been caught flatfooted (and we know you have), you will benefit from these three lax tips and tricks.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

How Youth Lacrosse Coaches can better Manage Sports Parents

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jul 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

It’s a challenge every youth lacrosse coach faces: how to deal with unhappy sports parents. Whether the issue is playing time or a losing season, new coaches must develop a strategy to effectively manage these important relationships.

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Topics: Coaching

Lizards’ Lacrosse Shooting Tips: Quick Stick Edition

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

A quick stick is an advanced lacrosse shooting technique in which a player catches a ball and throws it all in one motion without cradling. You will often see attackmen use it down by the crease. With a quick flip, the ball hits the back of the net before a goalie has even realized what happened.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

Lacrosse Fakes that Fool Defenders and Goalies alike

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

Goal scoring isn’t always about power. The art of deception is equally important. Throughout New York Lizards games, you will see players use lacrosse fakes that give them an extra second or two to dodge past a defender or fire a shot at the goal. Many of these deadly fakes begin with a few basic movements you can easily learn to master.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Coaching, Player Development

Major League Lacrosse Tips for Minor League Lax Players

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether you watch Paul Rabil’s YouTube channel or attend lacrosse camps and clinics, you know by now there’s more to learn from Major League Lacrosse players than their stick tricks. If you are looking to elevate your game, these five simple pro tips will help you reach that next level.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, Training, Coaching, Player Development

Professional Lacrosse Games are Full of Teachable Moments

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Apr 11, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you play or coach youth lacrosse, a New York Lizards home game is the perfect opportunity to learn and have fun in one shot. While cheering on your favorite ‘Zards, you can also pick up pointers that will improve play at your next game.

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Topics: Coaching, Player Development, Games

Speed Training: Learn How to Outrun the Competition

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

In the fastest game on two feet, lacrosse teams always have the need for more speed. It’s what helps players blow past defenders and scoop more ground balls. However, this ability does not magically appear. It is typically developed through the repetition of regular workouts.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Training, Coaching, Player Development