Friday, October 17, 2014

MUHS Grad, Alyssa Trudel to be honored by VT Chapter of US Lacrosse

Middlebury Union High School Alumni, Alyssa Trudel will be honored this year in the category of "A truly great player" for her accomplishments on the lacrosse fields at MUHS & Boston University.

Vermont Chapter 12th Annual Recognition Dinner
What: 12th Annual Recognition Dinner
When: November 9, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, 1712 Shelburne Rd. South Burlington, VT
The Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse will honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of Lacrosse in Vermont over a period of many years. Our goal is to acknowledge those who represent diverse areas of the sport including youth, high school, college, and officials.
The event is also a fundraiser for our programs that we run throughout the year. Please come out and support our honorees and the Chapter!
$15/child 18 and under
$75/family of four
$15/person over a family of four, e.g. family of five: $90
RSVP deadline: Monday, November 3
Please mail a check, payable to 'Vermont Chapter/US Lacrosse' to:
Jono Chapin
261 Belden Falls Rd.
New Haven, VT 05472
Need more information?
Contact Mike Dee, President, by email or at (802) 238-2749
Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse Board

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Read an actual book!

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Read an excerpt below, and read the whole article HERE
It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.
The debate between paper books and e-readers has been vicious since the first Kindle came out in 2007. Most arguments have been about the sentimental versus the practical, between people who prefer how paper pages feel in their hands and people who argue for the practicality of e-readers. But now science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books. 
Reading in print helps with comprehension. 
A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."
Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page. 
The tactile experience of a book aids this process, from the thickness of the pages in your hands as you progress through the story to the placement of a word on the page. Mangen hypothesizes that the difference for Kindle readers "might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you're reading."
While e-readers try to recreate the sensation of turning pages and pagination, the screen is limited to one ephemeral virtual page. Surveys about the use of e-readers suggest that this affects a reader's serendipity and sense of control. The inability to flip back to previous pages or control the text physically, either through making written notes or bending pages, limits one's sensory experience and thus reduces long-term memory of the text. 
Read the whole article HERE

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Are Developmental Rec Lacrosse Teams Going Extinct? from USLacrosse

Are Developmental Rec Lacrosse Teams Going Extinct?
By Kate Leavell, posted at USLacrosse

As a Maryland native, I was one of many kids developed by the Green Hornets rec program when I began to play lacrosse back in the early 90’s. We had parent coaches who were focused on development and used fun activities to make learning interesting. That year of Green Hornets lacrosse fueled my lifetime love of the game, as well as a strong foundation for playing and coaching. I came in as a newbie who only knew the boys game from my dad and brother, and went on to play high school and college lacrosse with a great understanding of fundamentals, rules and safety.
Now I have kids of my own, and I’m watching the disintegration of rec teams, as they turn into selective, specialized travel teams under the guise of a rec program. Development and inclusion too often go by the wayside as the trend to recruit local talent for tournaments takes over. As new parents ask me where to sign up their kids to play, I find myself hesitating too often. I’m wondering if the local program in question will allow this new player a chance to see the field, to learn, to mess up and to find solutions on the field.
My two sons were casualties of rec programs obsessed with recruiting talent, and sadly for me, both of them decided lacrosse was not for them. One quit after spending the entire season on the sideline—in third grade. The other quit after his third year, when his small size in fifth grade earned him the spot of being a cone the bigger players would run around during practice. My daughter loves the game, and I’ve become very careful about where I sign her up to play. At age 11, all I want for her is to get touches and to come home smiling and excited to go back.
Read the rest HERE