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Saturday, March 29, 2014

It is not the critic who counts

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” 

~Theodore Roosevelt

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

From USLacrosse: Make Them Count: 6 Objectives for Every Youth Lacrosse Practice

Make Them Count: 6 Objectives for Every Youth Lacrosse Practice

 February 27, 2014    1274 Views
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6 Objectives for Every Youth Lacrosse Practice
Scott McCall
The following guidelines highlight the major points of emphasis for a youth lacrosse practice at the U9 and U11 levels. For information on U13 and U15 practices, check out theseage-appropriate objectives.
  1. Safety
    At all times, safety should be our number one concern. The players must understand the importance of every piece of equipment, as well as always wear the required equipment. No players should be involved in a lacrosse activity without proper equipment.
    • Boys – helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves and protective cup
    • Girls – mouth guard and protective goggles
    A board-designated and US Lacrosse certified coach that has a criminal background check and a child abuse check on file with the board should supervise all activities. Having volunteer coaches on hand to support the head coach is also recommended.
  2. Fun
    This age group should be focusing on helping kids develop a love for the game. It should never seem like work to them. There are multitudes of games that can be played that will aid in both player development and personal satisfaction.
    Keep things new and fresh for the players. Doing the same stick drills every practice will result in boredom. Also, keep a quick pace on the drills — 10-15 minutes at most for any one drill. Provide a 2-3 minute drink break between drills to give kids some time to rest and bond.
    Ask your parents to volunteer to host preseason, midseason and postseason parties for the kids. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, just a place where the kids can get together, have a good time and not worry about the pressures of lacrosse. Here are some additional ways that parents can support coaches. also recently published a great article on keeping practice fun.
  3. Positive Environment
    Players should constantly be praised for any and every success they achieve. For example, congratulate every goal with a handshake and “nice shot!” Even if it was not the ideal shot you want the player to take, there should never be any negativity, unless it is in direct response to a measure requiring player discipline.
    Any displays of sportsmanship should be positively reinforced. Bottom line — let the kids know everything they are doing right and you will, more often than not, see them doing everything right. If you focus on the negative, this only leads to more failures. Enthusiasm breeds enthusiasm.
  4. Sportsmanship
    At no point should winning or losing ruin the traditions of the game. Lacrosse was built on traditions and beliefs of the Native American people.
    US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance use the acronym R.O.O.T.S. to carry a similar message to all of its members, demonstrating the importance of respect for the…
    • Rules – “We refuse to bend the rules to win.”
    • Opponents – “A worthy opponent is a gift that brings out our best.”
    • Officials – “We act with respect, even when we disagree.”
    • Team – “Our conduct does not embarrass our teammates or ourselves.”
    • Self – “We live up to our own standards, even when others don’t.”
  5. Participation
    At this age group, the players should be participating at every practice and every game. Again, you should focus on getting kids to truly love the game. If they do not play, how could they ever know what it is all about?
    Playing time should be divided as equally as possible among all players. Kids should be encouraged to try all positions in practice and, if they are comfortable, in games as well.
    This is not a win-at-all-costs age. The kids will not feel good about winning if they sat for the majority of the game and watched the “better” players play. A team of kids that all contributed equally but lost will be a much happier group than a team of kids that won, but only 10 kids played. You will find that your team will also be more successful as more players gain valuable field experience.
  6. Skill Development
    In order for your high school program to ultimately be successful, you need to start developing good fundamental skills right from the very start. Some drills will work on more than one skill. This is a big plus when planning your practices for the most effective use of time. Communication between the players is imperative throughout the drills. All players should use the first name of their teammate when calling for the ball, helping on defense, etc.

Monday, March 3, 2014

USILA Coaches' Poll for Division I for March 3rd

USILA Coaches' Poll for Division I for March 3rd

The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) has released its Division I Men's Lacrosse Coaches' Poll for March 3rd. The rankings appear below. They also appear on the Polls page, where you'll find a weekly poll matrix for the season as well as links to teams' schedules and scores.

Division I

Rank  Team                     Pts (1st)    Prev.
  1   Maryland (4-0)           298 (14)       3
  2   Virginia (6-0)           282 (1)        4
  3   Johns Hopkins (4-0)      262            5
  4   Duke (4-1)               250            1
  5   Loyola (4-1)             230            7
  6   North Carolina (3-1)     218            2
  7   Penn State (3-1)         205            9
  8   Notre Dame (2-1)         202           11
  9   Massachusetts (4-0)      174           13
 10   Yale (2-0)               146           12
 11   Syracuse (2-2)           140            8
 12   Denver (3-2)             135            6
 13   Princeton (2-1)          117           10
 14   Penn (2-1)               115           20
 15   Cornell (3-0)             72           16
 16   Lehigh (4-1)              69           14
 17   Drexel (2-2)              57           15
 18   Albany (1-2)              51           18
 19   St. John's (2-1)          23           NR
 20   Army (3-1)                20           NR

Also receiving votes: Ohio State, Bellarmine, Villanova, Colgate, Bryant, Hofstra, Bucknell, Fairfield, Providence

Some photos of Virginia vs. Syracuse men's lacrosse on March 1, 2014 by Peter Carey

Some photos of Virginia vs. Syracuse men's lacrosse on March 1, 2014 by Peter Carey

Saturday, March 1, 2014

No. 4 UVa Dispenses of No. 8 Syracuse in ACC Opener, 17-12

No. 4 UVa Dispenses of No. 8 Syracuse in ACC Opener, 17-12

March 1, 2014
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – James Pannell scored a career-high seven goals and Mark Cockerton tied a career high with seven points as the No. 4 Virginia Cavaliers (6-0, 1-0 ACC) pulled away from the No. 8 Syracuse Orange (2-2, 0-2 ACC) for a 17-12 triumph on Saturday night, inside Klöckner Stadium. UVa wins its ACC opener for the first time since 2012 and is now 32-5 all-time at Klöckner Stadium in night games.

The four goals by Cockerton makes the senior the 15th player in UVa history to score 100 career goals.
“It’s certainly the best we have played and the closest to a complete game that we’ve played,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. “I told the team on the practice field yesterday that there is definitely going to be some ebb and flow in a game like this against these guys. I thought we battled the whole time, and even when they closed on us a couple times, I felt like we continued to play and never gave up or gave in to anything. I think this was definitely a step in the right direction.”
Syracuse jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on goals by Hakeem Lecky, Kevin Rice and Henry Schoonmaker. The goal by Shoonmaker capped the run at 5:58 in the first period.
UVa retaliated with a 6-0 run, helping UVa to a 6-3 lead and the Cavaliers never trailed again. Pannell started the run scoring the first two goals of his career night. The first came on a Zed Williams assist at 5:58.  Ryan Tucker, Cockerton and Pat Harbeson all tallied scores before Pannell finished the spurt with his third goal of the game at the 11:05 mark.
Rice scored again at the 8:07 marker in the second period to bring the Orange within two goals, 6-4. Pannell found nylon again at 5:45 to push the lead back three goals, 7-4.  Syracuse cut its deficit to one goal, 7-6 after scores by Scott Loy and Randy Staats.
“We’ve been ahead of these guys by seven or eight goals in the past and they’ve come back, but I wasn’t that concerned and was hoping we would get one tonight,” commented Starsia. “But other than that, we always felt like we were in control.”
Virginia went into the intermission on a roll when Rob Emery hit a big goal with 7.7 seconds on the clock in the second period. The goal gave UVa an 8-6 lead at the break.
A 3-1 Syracuse run to start the third tied the game at 9-9. Staats brought the game even on a Loy pass at 7:39. The Orange did not get any closer to overcoming UVa. The Cavaliers answered with four consecutive goals to separate itself by a margin of four, 13-9. Owen Van Arsdale scored on a Cockerton helper with 3:42 on the clock in the third period to cap the run.
Lecky scored at 1:53 in the third quarter to cut the Syracuse deficit to three goals, 13-10.  Virginia finished the game on a 4-2 run to secure its sixth victory of the season. A Williams missile with 7:02 left in the game halted the Syracuse run and started the final UVa streak that secured the game. The goal was the first of Williams’ collegiate career .
Mick Parks won 24-of-31 faceoffs for UVa to help pace the victory. His 24 wins rank No. 2 all-time in the UVa record books for faceoff wins in a game. Steve and Andy Kraus previously shared the No. 2 spot with 23 wins.  Steve’s came in 1981 against Johns Hopkins and Andy’s in 1988 against Duke.
UVa won the battle of shots (55-32), ground balls (51-22) and faceoffs (24-7).  Syracuse on the battle of saves (14-5) and had more turnovers (12-4).
Seven of UVa’s starters scored at least one point and all three members of UVa’s second midfield line also scored at least one point in the triumph.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday when they return to Ithaca, N.Y., for the first time since 2010 to face the Cornell Big Red. Faceoff is set for noon.
Syracuse        3-3-4-2-12
Virginia          4-4-5-4-17

Scoring (G-A) - S: Hakeem Lecky 4-0, Scott Loy 2-3, Randy Staats 2-2, Henry Schoonmaker 2-1, Kevin Rice 2-0, Dylan Donahue 0-2 VJames Pannell7-0, Mark Cockerton 4-3, Ryan Tucker 1-1, Rob Emery 0-1, Tyler German 0-1, Greg Coholan 0-1, Owen Van Arsdale 1-2, Pat Harbeson 1-0, Scott McWilliams 1-0, Zed Williams 1-1.

Goalie Summary - S: Dominic Lamolinara 59:33 mins. 14 saves, 16 goals allowed, Bobby Wardwell 00:27 min. 0 saves 1 goal allowed. V: Matt Barrett60:00 mins. 5 saves 12 goals allowed.

Shots: S-32, V-55
Ground Balls: S-22, V-51
Clearing: S-15x20, V-14x15
Faceoffs: S- 7, V-24
Penalties: S- 6-4:30, V-5-4:00
EMO: S-2x5, V-2x4

Friday, February 28, 2014

Four UVA Men's Lacrosse players on the Tewaaraton Watch List

Four UVA Men's Lacrosse players on the Tewaaraton Watch List

#41 Mark Cockerton

#44 Chris LaPierre

#27 Scott McWilliams

#24 Rob Emery

A wonderful article from USLacrosse, "How to ‘Coach’ Your Child from the Sideline"

How to ‘Coach’ Your Child from the Sideline

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 Gordon Corsetti | @atlantayouthlax
How to coach your kid from the sideline
This is a guest post from Gordon Corsetti, a lacrosse official in the Atlanta area. Visit the Atlanta Youth Lacrosse blog for more words of wisdom from Gordon.
I like well-behaved parents, because I have been around a lot of ill-behaved ones.
In nearly every youth game that I have officiated there has been at least one—and usually more—fans screaming instructions to their player or entire team from the sideline. Often, it is incredibly poor advice. These are the same individuals who yell when their son or daughter is taken off the field, openly criticize the officials, and generally know next to nothing about how lacrosse is played.
I believe that there would be no problems on the sideline if fans approached the game with the goal of contributing to a positive sporting atmosphere. Unfortunately, there tends to be a minority of people that willfully ignore that idea, all the while believing that their yelling is somehow helping their team.
Here’s a hint: You aren’t helping.
Take, for example, the parent that yells “shoot!” when a player is twenty yards away from the goal. It accomplishes nothing more than getting the player amped up to take a shot.
My personal favorite is when the head coach is yelling “hold the ball” and all the parents are yelling “shoot!” More often than not, the player will listen to the voice of their mother or father and take an ill-advised shot. Meanwhile, their coach has his head buried in his hands, wondering if there is enough duct tape to put over the mouths of his team’s fans.
Keep this in mind: Your player recognizes your voice whenever you yell something during the game. I played in some very competitive high school games, and my father attended many of them. I could always recognize his voice from the stands.
The kicker is, he never said anything more than “Go, Gordon!” A coach with more than thirty years of experience in lacrosse, and not once did he give me advice from the sideline. He knew his role was to root for me when I did well and encourage me when things turned rough.
I was never embarrassed by my father’s comments from the sidelines. However, I have on numerous occasions been embarrassed for some of my teammates and players whose parents who thought their role was to assist the coaches from the stands.
So how do you yell when watching from the sideline? The easiest way to do this is to limit yourself to a few general phrases:
  • “Go, (insert player name here)!”
  • “Great play!”
  • “Awesome defense!”
  • “Stay strong!”
  • “Keep playing hard!”
If you limit yourself to general statements about your player and your team, you don’t run afoul of the coach trying to do his job of running the offense or defense. Also, you can never get into the problem of giving bad advice to your player at a critical moment during a game. Plus, all of those phrases are extremely positive.
Avoid yelling anything negative. Here are a few negative comments I have heard during games over the years:
  • “Put him in a body bag!” Heard this during a U11 game and was stunned speechless.
  • “Destroy him!” Would you want that yelled at your child?
  • “Wake up!” Accomplishes nothing more that getting the player nervous.
  • “That was the worst call I’ve ever seen!” Makes the head coach’s job more difficult and sets a bad example for all the players.
If what you are about to yell isn’t positive, it’s best to swallow your comment. also published a short article on why yelling at your player negatively is not the best course of action.
Lacrosse is an emotional game. I don’t expect parents and fans to be robots on the sidelines. I want people to get into the flow of the game and feel the excitement that is inherent in competitive sports.
What I don’t want is for a kid to get discouraged while playing lacrosse because someone feels it is necessary to share their opinion with everyone at the game. Enjoy the game in a positive manner or stay silent.
Finally, I leave you with these talking points for honoring the ROOTS of the game, from Positive Coaching Alliance.
Remember to honor the game with your actions anytime your team steps onto the field.
Gordon is a born lacrosse official who played for ten years before realizing he'd much rather ref the game than play it. He lives in Atlanta and officiates youth, high school, and collegiate men's lacrosse games all over the southeast. His passion is educating and training officials, coaches, players, parents and all other fans on the rules of lacrosse, the sport’s history, and how best to develop lacrosse in new areas. Contact Gordon