Monday, January 19, 2015

Check out Joe Yevoli's "Game Changer Lacrosse" Podcasts!



I have been really excited to listen to Joe Yevoli's podcasts on lacrosse over at the "Game Changer" website (and app).  Joe was an outstanding lacrosse player at UVA and Syracuse and has a deep and rich knowledge of the game, but he also has a wonderful ability to bring out wisdom in some of the greatest minds in lacrosse today.  He interviews a wide variety of coaches and players which includes UVA's Dom Starsia and Marc Van Arsdale, Denver University's Bill Tierney, as well as current and former players who are now still intimately involved with the game such as Max Siebold, Brett Hughes, Liam Banks, Tom Schreiber, Seth Tierney, Scott Urick, and many others.

Beyond the x's and o's, Joe Yevoli's podcasts go deeper into such questions as multi-sport vs. single-sport athletes and issues of how to find a great school that is a "fit" for a young person who is considering playing lacrosse and also issues such as how to make the transition from high school to college and also lacrosse parenting!

As a former player, current coach, current lacrosse parent and current educator, I would recommend his podcasts!

Find Joe Yevoli on Twitter at: @joeyevoli
Find Joe Yevoli's awesome podcasts at GameChangerLacrosse
https://soundcloud.com/gclaxpodcast

Check them out!

~Peter M. Carey
@careylax and @petermcarey

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports

An important read!

The Race to Nowhere in Youth Sports

“My 4th grader tried to play basketball and soccer last year,” a mom recently told me as we sat around the dinner table after one of my speaking engagements. “It was a nightmare. My son kept getting yelled at by both coaches as we left one game early to race to a game in the other sport. He hated it.”
“I know,” said another. “My 10 year old daughter’s soccer coach told her she had to pick one sport, and start doing additional private training on the side, or he would give away her spot on the team.”
So goes the all too common narrative for American youth these days, an adult driven, hyper competitive race to the top in both academics and athletics that serves the needs of the adults, but rarely the kids. As movies such as “The Race to Nowhere” and recent articles such as this one from the Washington Post point out, while the race has a few winners, the course is littered with the scarred psyches of its participants. We have a generation of children that have been pushed to achieve parental dreams instead of their own, and prodded to do more, more, more and better, better, better. The pressure and anxiety is stealing one thing our kids will never get back; their childhood.
The movie and article mentioned above, as well as the book The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, highlight the dangerous path we have led our children down in academics. We are leading them down a similar path in sports as well.
Empty benchThe path is a race to nowhere, and it does not produce better athletes. It produces bitter athletes who get hurt, burnout, and quit sports altogether.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders


7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
By Cathy Caprino in Forbes.com

Tim Elmore is a best-selling author of more than 25 books, includingGeneration iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their FutureArtificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenges of Becoming Authentic Adults, and theHabitudes® series. He is Founder and President of Growing Leaders, an organization dedicated to mentoring today’s young people to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Tim had this to share about the 7 damaging parenting behaviors that keep children from becoming leaders – of their own lives and of the world’s enterprises:
1. We don’t let our children experience risk
We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. The “safety first” preoccupation enforces our fear of losing our kids, so we do everything we can to protect them. It’s our job after all, but we have insulated them from healthy risk-taking behavior and it’s had an adverse effect. Psychologists in Europehave discovered that if a child doesn’t play outside and is never allowed to experience a skinned knee, they frequently have phobias as adults. Kids need to fall a few times to learn it’s normal; teens likely need to break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend to appreciate the emotional maturity that lasting relationships require. If parents remove risk from children’s lives, we will likely experience high arrogance and low self-esteem in our growing leaders.
2. We rescue too quickly
Today’s generation of young people has not developed some of the life skills kids did 30 years ago because adults swoop in and take care of problems for them. When we rescue too quickly and over-indulge our children with “assistance,” we remove the need for them to navigate hardships and solve problems on their own. It’s parenting for the short-term and it sorely misses the point of leadership—to equip our young people to do it without help. Sooner or later, kids get used to someone rescuing them: “If I fail or fall short, an adult will smooth things over and remove any consequences for my misconduct.” When in reality, this isn’t even remotely close to how the world works, and therefore it disables our kids from becoming competent adults.
3. We rave too easily
The self-esteem movement has been around since Baby Boomers were kids, but it took root in our school systems in the 1980s. Attend a little league baseball game and you’ll see that everyone is a winner. This “everyone gets a trophy” mentality might make our kids feel special, but research is now indicating this method has unintended consequences. Kids eventually observe that Mom and Dad are the only ones who think they’re awesome when no one else is saying it. They begin to doubt the objectivity of their parents; it feels good in the moment, but it’s not connected to reality. When we rave too easily and disregard poor behavior, children eventually learn to cheat, exaggerate and lie and to avoid difficult reality. They have not been conditioned to face it.
4. We let guilt get in the way of leading well
Your child does not have to love you every minute. Your kids will get over the disappointment, but they won’t get over the effects of being spoiled. So tell them “no” or “not now,” and let them fight for what they really value and need. . . . 
Read it all HERE at Forbes.com

Saturday, December 27, 2014

No Stars? That's the Canadian Way

  No Stars? That's the Canadian Way

by Bill Tanton | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter
For the life of me, I couldn't understand how the U.S. lost to Canada for the world championship this summer. All those fantastic players the U.S. had, all those great coaches — I thought the U.S. was unbeatable.
And then I had a talk with Tom Marechek that proved to be an eye opener.
Marechek needs no introduction in any lacrosse publication. He's one of the most decorated players in the game's history. He's in every Hall of Fame possible, including the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
There's something else that gives him a different slant on this: He's Canadian.
Marechek came to America from Victoria, British Columbia. He played at Syracuse when the Gait twins, Paul and Gary, made the same trip a quarter century ago. They're all in their mid-40s now.

“The U.S. did not play as a team. Nobody playing for Canada took it on himself to be the man.”

—Tom Marechek
Everyone knows by now that the Canadians slowed it down in the FIL world championship game to win 8-5, perhaps to the disappointment of the 11,861 spectators expecting an exciting show July 19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Marechek stated with pride that the Canadians were "very unselfish, very tactical" in limiting Team USA to five goals. The U.S. averaged 17.83 goals per game up to the final.
"What Canada did in slowing it down reminded me of what coach Bill Tierney's Princeton team did to beat us (Syracuse) in the NCAA championship game in 1992," Marechek said. "That's why it seemed a bit hypocritical when Tierney said on national television during the world games that international lacrosse needs a shot clock."
Marechek, who played for Canada in 1990, 1994 and 1998, believes the U.S. and Canada had very different approaches in Colorado.
"The U.S. did not play as a team," he said. "Nobody playing for Canada took it on himself to be the man. Paul Rabil is a great player, but he's not the whole game. We were taught when we were learning the game back in Victoria that if you didn't play two-way lacrosse [to include defense], you weren't going to play on that team."
Read it all HERE at LaxMagazine

Friday, December 26, 2014

Alberto Salazar's 10 Golden Running Rules Essential wisdom from the American running coach and legend

Alberto Salazar's 10 Golden Running Rules 
Essential wisdom from the American running coach and legend
ALBERTO SALAZAR knows a thing or two about his sport.
ALBERTO SALAZAR knows a thing or two about his sport. A former world-record holder in the marathon, and three-time winner of the New York City event, Salazar was the face of American distance running's last golden age, which peaked during the Reagan administration. Salazar also learned his lessons the hard way: The famously competitive runner's body broke down at age 27, as a result of years of superhuman,150-mile training weeks. Now fully recovered, the 55-year-old coach of Nike's Oregon Project, which includes 2012 gold medalist Mo Farah and silver medalist Galen Rupp, has paired cutting-edge technology with meticulous workouts to shape some of the most successful American runners in a generation. This is a man who has almost given his life to the sport on multiple occasions—he was once read his last rites after crossing a finish line with a 108-degree fever—and he's lived to share a few pieces of essential wisdom.
1. BE CONSISTENT Find a training plan that you can stick to long-term. If you can run four days a week, every week, you are going to get 90 percent of the benefits of training seven days a week.
2. TAKE RECOVERY DAYS SERIOUSLY The day after a tough workout, the most you want to do is jog lightly or do some form of cross-training, like cycling. You need a recovery day after a hard day. No exceptions.
3. INCREASE MILEAGE GRADUALLY Do not increase your weekly mileage by more than 10 percent every month. No matter how good you feel, be very gradual. You won't know until it's too late that you're overdoing it.
4. STAY ON THE TRAIL Pavement damages joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. The more you can run on grass, woodchips, or dirt, the better off you are. My athletes run 90 percent of their workouts on soft surfaces.
5. RUN FASTER It's hard to race faster than you train. However fast you want to run a race, you've got to do some shorter intervals—what we call speed work—at least that fast.
6. STRENGTHEN YOUR WHOLE BODY Good runners condition their whole bodies. The arms drive the legs. Keep your upper body and core toned with a lot of push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and back raises (don't forget that the back is part of the core). Stay away from machine weights and stick to Pilates, climbing, and dynamic flexibility work like yoga.
7. WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES The second-most-common cause of injuries, next to running too much on hard surfaces, is foot pronation and shoe instability. The more you run, the more support your foot needs.
8. PERFECT YOUR FORM Every motion your body makes should propel you directly forward. If your arms are crossing or you are overstriding, you're losing force. Your posture should be straight, and your striding foot should land directly underneath you.
9. TACKLE DOUBT HEAD-ON At some point you're going to push yourself harder, you're going to enter into a gray area that can be painful, and you're going to doubt yourself. Push through it. Never think you are mentally weak.
10. EMBRACE TECHNOLOGY If you don't have enough knowledge behind what you're doing, you're not going to run well or you're going to injure yourself. With the Internet, GPS phones, advanced heart-rate monitors, and even your iPod, you now can be coached individually, even while you run. I have an antigravity treadmill in my garage. Use the knowledge and tools that are out there.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Stick Stringing Video with Brendan Mundorf...my favorites!

I believe these are the best videos out there for how to do your own stick stringing!

Stick Stringing Videos: My favorites, by Brendan Mundorf


Stringing the top string




Stringing the shooting strings




Stringing the sidewalls



Stringing the bottom string


Teams and the individual ...&... "How Wolves Change Rivers"

Teams are based on inter-connectedness and teamwork.  A group of individuals working in harmony to create and accomplish something that could not be accomplished on their own.  Of course, in that work, the team also needs each different member of the team to marshall their strengths and BE just who they are supposed to be.

This amazing video displays the way that a natural ecosystem also is dependent upon each of its species in order to thrive and survive.  In this case, some amazing effects happen when wolves are reintroduced to Yellowstone.