Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Developing mentally tough players

How to Develop Mentally Tough Young Athletes

Developing winning attitudes toward competition
Posted Oct 05, 2015

One of the highest compliments an athlete can get is the label "mentally tough." Mental toughness isn’t a quality people are born with. Rather, it includes a set of learned attitudes and ways of viewing competitive situations in productive ways.
Coaches and parents are in an ideal position to help young athletes develop a healthy philosophy about achievement and an ability to tolerate setbacks when they occur. By teaching mental toughness lessons to kids, adults can give them a priceless gift that will benefit them in many areas of everyday life. Here are some specific attitudes that can be communicated to young athletes.
1. Sports should be fun.
  • Emphasize that sports and other activities in life are enjoyable for the playing, whether you win or lose.
  • Athletes should be participating, first and foremost, to have fun.
  • Try to promote enjoyment of many activities in and of themselves so that winning is not a condition for enjoyment.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Harlem lacrosse program flourishing

Harlem lacrosse program flourishing

Saturday, October 3, 2015

MUHS Lacrosse 1985 - MIddlebury Union High School, Vermont - Peter Carey, #21

Old school careylax!


Starsia Announces Virginia's Lacrosse Captains for 2016

Starsia Announces Virginia's Lacrosse Captains for 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men's lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia announced that midfielder Greg Coholan, attackman James Pannell and defenseman Tanner Scales have been selected as team captains for the 2016 season.

"It gives me great pleasure to announce our captains for the 2016 season," said Starsia. "The question of leadership is the defining quality for success in a college lacrosse team. I have been blessed in a long career here at Virginia with a number of truly outstanding leaders, young men willing to define the commitment required for success. The team has made some inspired choices with James, Greg and Tanner. I look forward to working with them closely as we prepare for the coming season."

Coholan, a redshirt senior from Rochester, N.Y., becomes the first two-time UVa captain since Steele Stanwick in 2011 and 2012. Coholan started all 15 games for the Cavaliers in 2015 and led the Cavaliers with 39 goals and 53 points on his way to USILA honorable mention All-America honors.

Pannell, a senior from Smithtown, N.Y., returns in 2016 after suffering a season-ending surgery six games into the 2015 campaign. A 2014 All-American, Pannell scored 11 goals and dished out four assists through six games in 2015 before getting hurt.

Scales, a redshirt junior from Denver, Colo., missed the entire 2015 season after suffering a season-ending injury during a preseason scrimmage. The 2014 All-American and 2015 preseason first-team All-American owns 82 career ground balls and has caused 47 career turnovers through two seasons.