Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!
Summer Recruiting Sanity
Like many parents around the country this weekend, I'm at a summer recruiting tournament with my aspiring college lacrosse player! It's early in the summer recruiting and with the heightened excitement to play travel lacrosse with friends and against new competition, staying in team hotels and fun Friday night dinners also comes stress. Stress can hit even the best of us who are trying to keep everything in perspective and can ruin the weekend for everyone involved! The key to enjoying the weekend is to set proper expectations. Here are a few:
Getting an Edge With Video
There is no question that getting recruited boils down to whether or not you're good enough. Sure it helps to have connections and advocates, but in the end, if you're not good enough there's nothing more to talk about. I have done Countless Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts with Division I lacrosse coaches and they all talk about the power of video. Unquestionably it's the most powerful teaching tool in existence. Most players in HS and Club lacrosse hardly scratch the surface of leveraging video. Think about what an advantage you will have if you're leveraging video while most of the competition is not!
JM3 Video Assessments are a guranteed way for your son or daughter to improve because it will teach them THEIR GAME and THE GAME! Here's a email I recently received the this week from a happy customer:
Literally every assessment I've ever done has a similar response! The most common is "This is the best money we've ever spent on lacrosse!"
When was the last time you got an in depth review of your son or daughter's game? Using Video? Probably Never!
Here's an assessment I did for DI All-American:
Here's an example of a girls assessment.
The KT Split Dodge
One of my lacrosse players to watch is Kayla Treanor, who uses a repertoire of dodges, fakes, shots and moves that rival anyone in the world, male or female. In my opinion, one of the best ways to evaluate players is to see how many skills they use. Many players use the same move over and over again and when they get to the next level, they are easily shut down.
There is a lot to be learned from watching great players. I studied Kayla Treanor and love the way she dodges and I named a move that I now teach after her, The KT Split. Kayla likes to use skip and shuffle hesitations to initiate her moves from as close as possible to her defender. Watch the video below and Notice how she uses her stick in a face dodge motion to jab step left and right. She does this several times before she makes her break and it gets her defender off balance.
The equivalent in men's lacrosse was first taught to me by Stephen Brundage, Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Coach at Marquette. He uses the same type of back and forth with the stick in conjunction with his feet to provide better jab steps. The more I watched for this technique, the more I would see it. Check out this video of Paul Rabil utilizing the same technique.
Coaching Extra Man Offense
Check out this video on EMO. This video will teach you all of the passes, the shots, the movements, the positions, as well as the drills to help you install them. If you like this video, you will love the Coaches Training Program which has the deepest and richest lacrosse coaching content on the planet! The feedback from the coaches in my program has been off the charts.
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Have a great weekend!