New York Lizards Blog

At Home Workouts for Kids who Miss Lacrosse

Posted by Tom Hallissey on May 15, 2020 12:43:08 PM

Lacrosse is and always will be an excellent reason to exercise. Even though the youth lacrosse season is on hold, physical activity shouldn’t be postponed, too. Encourage your children to stay in shape by doing these at home workouts for kids.

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Topics: Lacrosse Conditioning, Player Development

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

Solo Lax Practice: Fun Ways to Improve on Your Own

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Apr 17, 2020 3:45:28 PM

With local schools temporarily closed, youth lacrosse players have plenty of time to work on their game. Instead of playing video games or watching TV, why not set aside some time every day for solo lax practice? It will help you stay sharp for when lacrosse season resumes.

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Topics: Training, Player Development

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

The Best Lacrosse Heads for Every Position

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Mar 13, 2020 3:26:20 PM

Lacrosse heads come in many different shapes and sizes that have a purpose well beyond style. Features likes curves and hardness have specific benefits for specific positions. Before going stick shopping, learn all about the best lacrosse heads for attack, midfield, defense and goalie.

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Topics: Player Development

Lacrosse Stick Checking Drills for Young Defenders

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Feb 28, 2020 2:15:59 PM

Playing defense in lacrosse is not about how fast or hard you can check an opponent. The best Major League Lacrosse long-poles, like the New York Lizards’ Ben Randall, are finesse players. They have developed an arsenal of checks — lifts, pokes, slaps, over-the-heads, ding-dongs — through hours and hours honing lacrosse stick checking skills. If you have dreams of protecting the crease at James M. Shuart Stadium one day, start practicing these Lizards-approved lacrosse drills today.

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Topics: Lacrosse Techniques, 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

Studies Show Sports Participation Plays a Role in Mental Wellness

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM

We all know sports participation is good for physical health, but did you know that it can also help to improve mental wellness off the field? Recent research suggests that playing team sports, like lacrosse, can help to reduce the likelihood of kids developing mental health problems, like depression.

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Topics: Player Development

3 Resolutions Athletes can make for a Healthy New Year

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 27, 2019 10:00:00 AM

New Year’s resolutions are not just for adults anymore. Young lacrosse players can join in the fun, too. As 2020 begins, we have a few simple ideas for aspiring New York Lizards who want to have a successful and healthy New Year on and off the lacrosse field.

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Topics: Player Development

Sports Safety Tips for Youth Lacrosse Athletes

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Dec 13, 2019 10:00:00 AM

In a contact sport like lacrosse, injuries are bound to happen. But, there are simple sports safety strategies parents and kids can follow to help minimize the risk of injuries, limiting time spent on the sidelines.

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Topics: Player Development