Sunday, November 16, 2014

Remember what it was like when we played lacrosse? (or any sport, for that matter!)

Remember what it was like when we played lacrosse?
Parents, you are great people but according to the standards that most of you raise your kids by today, it is amazing that you survived high school athletics without severe mental trauma.  You guys grew up in the same era I did.  But do you remember it?
When I played there were no lacrosse private lessons or elite travel club teams.  I loved the game and if I wanted to get better on the weekend I would leave in the morning with my stick in hand and be gone all day back for dinner.  I never saw this as training, the word I used was FUN.
No one was able to reach me all day.  My parents knew where the field was and that was good enough for them.  No cell phones or any other mobile devices, unthinkable! you may be thinking “but what if something happened?”  The answer is simple, it sucked, it happened, it was done and we dealt with it.
Upon arrival to the park I made up games, split up teams and created goals.  A tennis ball would suffice as a ball, the goalie gear would often be a tennis racquet as a goalie stick and a Jason hockey mask as a helmet.  If somebody had a helmet that was great, but we certainly did not stop playing if somebody did not have one.   We tried to use common sense.   We did not hit the kid without a helmet in the head.  Yes it is true, our parents trusted us to use common sense.
On those days sometimes I got hurt, I got cut, broke bones and lost teeth.  But my mother did not file any lawsuits and and she did not call another parent asking who was to blame.  As far as she was concerned no one was to blame but me.  Even if another kid hurt me on purpose, her response would be “why are you hanging out with him then?”
Every once in a while a kid would come out with a shiny new stick and we would take turns using it.   Sharing and working together so we can play is what started to happen.  Nobody said “I can not use that because it does not have the right amount of whip”.  If somebody did bring a lacrosse ball I can assure you that nobody said “this is waste of time, that ball is too shiny.”  I did not even know what a shiny ball was until I started coaching.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Not a lacrosse story, but a good lesson about being a team player! Joe Harris earns praise from LeBron James

Joe Harris earns praise from LeBron James

In back to back games, former Virginia star, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Joe Harris has shined when given the opportunity. Along the way, he’s earned praise from teammateLeBron James.
Down 17 points, the Cavaliers charged back to stun the Boston Celtics, 122-121 on Friday night.
Harris scored six in the game's final quarter, including a three that cut the Celtics lead to three late. He also played defense that would make Tony Bennett smile, including drawing the assignment of guarding Rajon Rondo on the game’s final possession.
The rookie's play impressed LeBron James.
"He was huge," James said. "Joe Harris is going to be a big piece for our team.”
Once agin, Harris led the Cavaliers in +/-. In Friday night’s 19 minutes of action, Harris was was +24.
Guard Kyrie Irving was impressed with the rookie's performance as well.
"How big did Joe Harris play? He deserves about eight shots of Gatorade,’’ said Irving.
(Photo: David Richard, USA TODAY Sports)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

UVA Mens' and Womens' Lacrosse Tickets on Sale!

UVA Mens' and Womens' Lacrosse Tickets on Sale!

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Season tickets for the 2015 UVA men’s and women’s lacrosse seasons are now on sale. Virginia lacrosse season tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (800) 542-8821 or in-person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium Monday throughFriday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A men’s lacrosse reserved season ticket is $50, which includes bleacher seats in Section 3 in the grandstand at Kl√∂ckner Stadium. All blue chairback seats were sold out in 2014 as season ticketsand are available for renewal only. However, fans may request to be placed on the waiting list for blue chairback season tickets. The waiting list will be prioritized by Virginia Athletics Foundation priority points.
A men’s lacrosse general admission season ticket is $40 for adults and $30 for youth, seniors and UVa faculty and staff. General admission seating for men’s lacrosse is available in grandstand sections 1, 2, 4, and 5 and on the grass hillside.
Women’s lacrosse reserved season tickets in the blue chairback seats are $30. Women’s lacrosse general admissionseason tickets are $25, $20 for youth, seniors, and UVa faculty and staff. General admission seating for women’s lacrosse is available in the grandstand bleacher seats and on the grass hillside.
Fans may renew their 2014 season tickets online by logging into their individual ticket account at  The priority-ordering deadline is Monday, Dec. 15. Fans may purchase tickets online at or through theVirginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for in-person or telephone purchases. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).
The dates, times, and television designations for the Virginia men’s lacrosse team’s seven-game home schedule are still being finalized. The Cavaliers will host Drexel, Cornell, St. Joseph’s (Pa.), Notre Dame, Richmond, North Carolina and Georgetown during the 2015 season. The schedule will be released and posted to once it’s finalized by the Atlantic Coast Conference and the ACC’s television partners.
The Virginia men’s lacrosse team finished the 2014 campaign with a 10-6 record, earning the 36th NCAA Tournament bid in the program’s history. Goalie Matt Barrett and defenseman Tanner Scales will be returning this season as well as nine of the team’s top 12 scorers, including attackmen James Pannell (46 points) and Owen Van Arsdale (38).
The Virginia women’s lacrosse team, which advanced to the NCAA national semifinals last season, will open its 2015 home slate with a Tuesday, March 3 contest against Harvard. The Cavaliers will also host Loyola (March 11), Princeton (March 14) and Duke (March 21) during the month of March. UVa will not play outside Charlottesville in the month of April with four-straight home contests against Navy (April 1), Notre Dame (April 4), Louisville (April 12) and Virginia Tech (April 17) to close the regular season. Virginia returns nine starters from the 2014 team that advanced to the NCAA Semifinals, including All-Americans Morgan Stephens (Olney, Md.), Courtney Swan (Vero Beach, Fla.) and Liza Blue (Butler, Md.).

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Building better athletes with more sleep

Building Better Athletes With More Sleep

Getting enough rest can be a struggle for those who play professional sports. But even among those getting enough, adding a few extra hours may dramatically enhance performance.

For us humans, sleep is completely crucial to proper functioning. As we’ve all experienced, we’re simply not as adept at anything in our lives if we don’t sleep well. Without proper sleep, whether it’s a short-term or long-term deficit, there are substantial effects on mood, mental and cognitive skills, and motor abilities. When it comes to recovery from hard physical efforts, there’s simply no better treatment than sleep, and a lot of it.

Most research on the effects of sleep on athletes has studied sleep deprivation. And those effects are quite strong. Just like the rest of us, athletes see a drop in their performance across all sorts of measurements if they are kept awake for the entire night, or even just interrupted in their sleep.

Read it all HERE

John Tavares brings hard lacrosse lessons to NHL

Another great example of 1) playing lacrosse, and 2) playing a variety of sports!


John Tavares brings hard lacrosse lessons to NHL

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Advice for your Wall Ball routine

I am a huge fan of "hitting the wall" to practice your lacrosse stick skills.  Great players, from the Powells to Paul Rabil to Steele Stanwick to Rob Pannell and many others have honed their craft by diligently throwing the lacrosse ball against the wall.  Here are some items of advice for how to approach the "wall ball."

This list is posted over at LaxAllStars, along with some other GREAT advice:

FOR BEST RESULTS1. Find a flat brick or concrete wall at least 10 feet high, the longer the better
2. Every drill that you do- do it with both hands 50 times each!
3. Always wear gloves when you are performing your routine- you play with gloves so why not practice with gloves
4. Stand 5-7 yards away from the wall
5. Perform this routine at least 4-5 times per week
6. Each routine should be at least 20 minutes in length- if you finish all drills in less than 20 minutes, repeat drills starting with the drill that challenged you the most
7. Listening to music always helps me work harder, so crank up the tunes
8. Have fun!