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A Lacrosse Weekend 1.12.19

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, stories, myths, truths about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you find it enjoyable.

#LaxCon2019

I write you to this morning from the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott at the US Lacrosse Convention. It's always fun to see so many blasts from the past at this event, to feel the energy of 8000 lacrosse coaches, players, fans, and kids, as well as have the opportunity to listen and learn from some of the game's brightest minds.

There are endless presentations and live demos from pro players, college, HS, and pro coaches, box lacrosse, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse.... it's an extravaganza!

Box on the Field

I will be doing a live demo at 4:45 today showing how to use box lacrosse drills and concepts to teach valuable lessons on the field. I will have a group of 14 year olds who I've never met, but I'm told are pretty good! I will do my best to mobilize the kids quickly and let the drills do the coaching. I...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 1.5.19

Uncategorized Jan 05, 2019

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!

 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcasts

 

Last June I decided to start a podcast based on "Lacrosse Philosophy" which is basically another way of saying, I decided to record the conversations I was having anyway! It's my favorite time of the week! My goal with these podcasts was to try and get into the minds of some of the biggest names in the sport and ask questions that would shed light, answer questions, and educate three distinct groups: parents, players, and coaches.

 

• Parents: if you listen to these podcasts, you will find out what to do in trying to navigate the murky waters of player development, club lacrosse and recruiting. Every guest gives their opinion on these three topics in one way or another. What's incredibly fascinating is hearing what they do with their own kids!

• Coaches: whether you are coaching...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 12.15.18

Uncategorized Dec 15, 2018

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!

The National Lacrosse League

The NLL kicks off the 2018-2019 season today! I love box lacrosse. I love NLL Lacrosse. I am mesmerized by the skill, creativity, toughness, and teamwork in this league. I literally never get sick of watching NLL Lacrosse. In honor of NLL "Opening Day" I'm dedicating today's blog to box lacrosse!

I get so many emails from folks with questions about box lacrosse. The topic comes up in my Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast regularly, like it did this past week with John's Hopkins Head Coach, Dave Pietramala, where Petro details what he loves about recruiting Canadian box lacrosse players. Listen here!

In a 2011 study of DI Lacrosse scoring by Mike Mauboussin, Mike found that Canadians shooting percentage was 35% over a six year period while their US counterparts was 28%. (listen to the Podcast I did with Mike where...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 12.8.18

Uncategorized Dec 08, 2018

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you find it enjoyable!

IMLCA Convention

I write to you today from the Inner Harbor at the Downtown Marriott in Baltimore for the annual Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association Convention. What makes this weekend special is the fact that it was built around the business dealings of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association meetings where coaches from all Divisions I, II, and III convene to discuss rules, league meetings, and other NCAA Lacrosse topics. This means that every program in every Division is in attendance which was a great foundation for the IMLCA to build a coaches education event. I love this weekend personally because of the combination of it being a reunion of great friends in the coaching world and an opportunity to "Sharpen my saw!"

Dave Huntley Pro Night

Last year on the Thursday Night of the...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 12.1.18

Uncategorized Dec 01, 2018

Welcome to A Lacrosse Weekend, my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths about the great game of lacrosse. I hoe you enjoy it!

This morning I write to you from Las Vegas as I'm attending US Lacrosse West Regional Conference. I'm presenting on Team Defense and Extra Man Offense today and totally pumped to watch the other speakers. I love nothing more than picking up a little tidbit of knowledge, maybe a different way of saying something or thinking about something. These little tidbits can often times open the door to huge revelations on things that are in plain sight. Plus, not a bad place to have a convention! I wish I would have thought of that!

BJ Grill

I have always made it a point to seek out interesting and knowledgeable lacrosse coaches, players and experts for the sake of learning. One such lacrosse expert I was chatting with a couple months ago was Patrick McEwen aka @LaxFilmRoom on twitter and we were discussing defense. We were talking...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 11.24.18

Uncategorized Nov 24, 2018

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Ever since I was a kid and we had Thanksgiving every year with my four cousins I have loved this holiday. This year was no different. We have two kids in college, a son and daughter, and to have them fly home from opposite coasts is always special. This year one of our son's teammates from the Coquitlam Jr Adanacs, who is also a freshman at Denver, joined us for a few days including Thanksgiving dinner. This year we went to a neighbor's house and spent a day of watching football, playing pool, eating great food, and enjoying a great group of people.... I guess that's why TG is my favorite holiday!

Black Friday Street Lacrosse

Once again this year we played pretty sick game of Street Lacrosse at noon on Black Friday. The kids and wife had already put some serious...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 11.17.18

Uncategorized Nov 17, 2018

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend, my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!

 

I write to you this morning from the lobby of the Gaylord Hotel in Orlando. I am here for the 3rd of three November lacrosse weekends. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and November lacrosse I give thanks to

 

• Spending a weekend with my wife and daughter, these times are precious and fleeting

• Sunny and warm weather in Orlando

• Listening to a car full of girls going crazy to Mo Bamba

• Watching the girls compete and make plays together

• A great group of parents

• Coaches that are cool, smart, and do the best for their players

• Immaculate fields

• Disney

 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast

 

I had a great "catch up" and podcast with Army Head Coach Joe Alberici that I think you all will enjoy. Joe is a man you would want your kids playing for - he has his priorities in...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 11.10.18

Uncategorized Nov 10, 2018

Welcome to "A Lacrosse Weekend" my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you enjoy it!

November Lacrosse

I write to you from the Towson, MD Sheraton. My daughter and I are here for a weekend of fall lacrosse. You know you've been traveling too much when you try to check-in to your hotel at 1:30am and you're at the wrong hotel. I had the Hunt Valley Delta in my head as where we were staying. Oh well, I'd rather be in Towson anyway! We are right across the street from Pasta Mista and closer to Ocean Pride! It's going to be 42 degrees with 25 mile an hour winds today... If we're lucky and the fields aren't closed as it rained all day yesterday. If you read my blog from last week, you know this November recruiting period is playing out perfectly! Actually though, my buddy A. Hilgy AKA Andrew Hilgartner (Head Coach at McDonough) told me we could use the McDonough turf from 2-3 if everything is cancelled. "So, I...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.27.18

Uncategorized Oct 27, 2018

Welcome to A Lacrosse Weekend, my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you find it enjoyable.

 

Ducks in the Rockies

 

The Munro family is pumped to have our daughter and the Oregon Women's Lacrosse team scrimmaging at the University of Colorado. It's very rare that we get to drive an hour to watch our kids play rather than a cross country flight where we have to make a weekend out of it. Should be a beautiful day and a lot of fun to watch some fall lax! And I can come home and enjoy the same day on a mountain bike this afternoon!

 

Andy Shay Podcast

 

Last week my Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with Andy Shay dropped and it's worth the listen. Andy Shay is one of the best guys you could know. He's humble, smart, hard working, loves to joke around, and loves to talk lacrosse. Andy has had amazing success at Yale, but it wasn't always so easy. It took a solid five years to turn the program around...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.20.18

Uncategorized Oct 20, 2018

Welcome to a Lacrosse Weekend, my weekly compilation of thoughts, ideas, history, stories, myths/truths, about the great game of lacrosse. I hope you find it enjoyable.

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast

Since I launched my podcasts last May I've had some incredible guests who have described their journey in the sport of lacrosse, told amazing stories, and shared insights on coaching, recruiting, and team building. If you are a coach, this podcast is no-brainer because these guests share incredible info on all aspects of coaching. If you are a parent of an aspiring lacrosse player, you will get in the head of some of the top minds in the game and find out what they value, how they develop players, how they think about recruiting and how they leverage the power of video.

Last week's edition featured Jim Berkman, Head Coach at Salisbury University. If you are a coach, player, or parent this podcast is a MUST listen. You will immediately understand the kind of mindset that allows you to...

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