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

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

Don't Stop Playing Outdoor Lacrosse after the Season Ends

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 9, 2019 10:00:00 AM

 

In some local communities, the high school lacrosse season has already ended. But, that’s no reason to put away your stick until next spring. As long as the sun is shining, you can play still outdoor lacrosse all summer long.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

Why a Lacrosse Net is an Awesome Addition to your Backyard

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

On Long Island, the lacrosse season knows no bounds. From Bethpage to Ward Melville, young players can be seen playing lax anywhere and everywhere, including their own backyards. Although a toss between friends is always fun, there’s nothing better than having a lacrosse net right in your own backyard.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

A Sports Performance Training Playlist that will Pump you Up

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 11, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Sports performance training is all about creating a positive state of mind. You might need a hard rock song to get the blood pumping. Or, you might need an upbeat tune to be able to stay positive even when your body is telling you to quit. Whatever your workout routine may be, this Lizards-approved playlist has all the inspiration you need.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Player Development, Off Season

New Youth Lacrosse Goalie Chest Protector Rule Approved for 2021

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 14, 2018 10:00:00 AM

US Lacrosse has approved new youth rules that will better protect goalies’ hearts. Beginning in 2021, lacrosse goalie chest protectors must meet new performance standards that are designed to prevent a hard shot from causing a rare type of heart attack.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

Girls Lacrosse vs. Boys: The Differences in the Two Games

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Nov 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you have children who play lacrosse, you might have noticed boys and girls lax rules are not exactly the same. Although both games are derived from the Native American sport, they have many key differences that make them unique.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season

2019 Boys Youth Lacrosse Rules Changes

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

With lax season just a few short months away, the sport’s national governing body has released updated youth lacrosse rules for levels of play 14U and younger. The 2019 changes include a new penalty for body checks that “target” a player and a clarification of the classic warding off move.

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Topics: Insider, Off Season

When is the Right Time for Boys to Start Weight Training?

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Oct 12, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Since lacrosse is a very physical sport, there can be some pressure to “get big” even at an early age. Although strength does improve athletic performance, youth weight training is best approached with caution.

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Topics: Player Development, Off Season