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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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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.13.18

Uncategorized Oct 13, 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.

Loyola Practice

One of my favorite things to do is attend college lacrosse practices. I love seeing the team spirit, learn new drills, and see the over all tenor of the practice. Watching Loyola's practice yesterday was no exception. It was a day where they warmed up with basic stick work and played 4 quarters of scrimmages, mixing up the teams to get different personnel groupings. At the end of each quarter, the losing team ran across field down and back sprint for time. One thing that was really refreshing was watching Coach Toomey, Coach Van Arsdale and Coach Dwan coach and not over-coach. Coach Toomey was on the off bench sideline where I was watching and he was communicating with the players in the clearing game a bit, but in general there was not much, if any, coach orchestration going on. I never even heard...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.6.18

Uncategorized Oct 06, 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.

 

Fall is in full swing. Finally the weather is cooling down here in Denver, the Patriots seem to be back on track per their usual October solidification, and fall lacrosse for the Munro family has a lot going on this weekend. My wife went off to Chapel Hill this weekend to watch UNC scrimmage High Point this morning, my oldest daughter and her Ducks team have practice this weekend, and I'm holding down the fort with my youngest as we have no field hockey this weekend which leaves time for a fall ball game today and more importantly a "Street Box" game on Sunday. Early reports from Chapel Hill: new face off guy / late pick up looked good, defense looks athletic and physical, goalies solid, a bunch freshmen look good, shorties look deep, a bunch of key guys didn't play, but the over all depth of the roster was...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.22.18

Uncategorized Sep 29, 2018

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

 

Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with Patrick McEwen, AKA @LacrosseFilmRoom

 

Last week I did a podcast with Patrick McEwen, a self made lacrosse expert and it's worth the listen. Most of the learning I did came from the "Lab" of coaching in DI or from others in their own lab. McEwen on the other hand taught himself the game through film and analytics. There are not a lot of people with whom I talk lacrosse that regularly leave me completely perplexed, yet every time I speak with Patrick I invariably am at one point dumbfounded. if you speak with this guy, read is articles, or listen to his podcast, you will be blown away with his knowledge and understanding. He is an engineer at heart with a passion for sports analytics and the sport of lacrosse.

 

Patrick actually created an algorithm that picked the NCAA...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 9.29.18

Uncategorized Sep 29, 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.

 

Hesitation Moves

Let's talk a little bit about hesitation moves. I'm in the process of putting together instructional videos on skills in men's and women's lacrosse. I'm trying to cover every skill and every variation. There are so many amazing techniques! I am endeavoring to identify each skill variation with the intent of teaching players how to do it all!

 

Quick thoughts on hesitations: Basketball players use hesitation moves constantly and this should be studied. Whether to get a step, buy time, or looking off the basket after they beat their man freezing shot blockers, there are many different and effective techniques that are 100% applicable to lacrosse. Hesitations make defenders late; on ball defenders, sliders, and 2nd sliders... hesitations make them all late.

 

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