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!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quint: How to Warm Up a Lacrosse Goalie: From InsideLacrosse

Quint: How to Warm Up a Lacrosse Goalie: From InsideLacrosse

(Inside Lacrosse Photo: Matt Kinnear)
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The more I watch goalies getting warmed up pre-game, pre-practice and at recruiting events, the more concerned I get. Shooting underhand worm-burners from 16 yards isn't accomplishing anything. Spending five rushed minutes in between the pipes isn't sufficient for a young goalie.
A great warm-up simulates the shots a keeper will see during competition, while sharpening fundamentals and focus — all while earning a sweat. Only 14 goalies in DI had a save percentage over 55% last season; the position is under-taught at all levels.
These are some of the guidelines for a proper goalie warm-up; tailor each warm-up according to time available and whether it is a game day or practice. I recommend light cardio, some wall ball and stretching before stepping into the crease.
(Yardage is from goal line to shooter)

2014 Goalie Leaders

1. Jason WeberDetroit0.642179 (279)
2. Sam SomersArmy0.61481 (132)
3. Jack RunkelLoyola0.610180 (295)
4. Gunnar WaldtBryant0.593229 (386)
5. Austin GeislerHigh Point0.585211 (361)
6. Dustin KeenSaint Joseph's0.57379 (138)
7. Gill ConnersQuinnipiac0.569181 (318)
8. Matt PoillonLehigh0.564150 (266)
9. Sam GrinbergBucknell0.563157 (279)
10. Niko AmatoMaryland0.559152 (272)
11. Mike NugentMercer0.559162 (290)
12. Kieran BurkeNorth Carolina0.556153 (275)
13. Garrett ConawayMonmouth0.55694 (169)
14. Ryan LaPlanteDenver0.556100 (180)

1. Start with shots from 10 yards out, right in front and center. All high — that is above the ankles and at 80% speed. Focus on the seven areas: stick-side high, stick-side hip, stick-side low, five hole, offside high, offside hip and offside low. Tempo should be established.
***It's 10 yards for a reason; nobody shoots from outside 12 or 13 yards anymore. Pacticing the saves that matter is most important — any non-athlete from PE class can save a 14- or 16-yard bomb, practicing those shots is a complete waste of time.

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: Steele Stanwick at UVA

 #6 Steele Stanwick at work against Duke
Photo by Peter M. Carey

Steele Stanwick running a shooting clinic in Cville with Chris Bocklet
Photo by Peter M. Carey

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: UVA's Pat Harbeson

Always loved the passion that Pat Harbeson played with at UVA - and in his senior year, he played some offense, too! 

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: UVA's Chris LaPierre

Loved watching this guy play for 4+ seasons at UVA!

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congrats to the new Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees!

See a marvelous gallery HERE



OCTOBER 17, 2014

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.
It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions -- and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.
Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education. She reports:
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
A great number of benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness in schools, best summed up by the following.

Happy, Caring Children

The good feelings that we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins. They activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. These feelings of joyfulness are proven to be contagious and encourage more kind behavior (also known asaltruism) by the giver and recipient.
Read the rest HERE at Edutopia