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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.19.19

 

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!

Virtual Lacrosse Summit 

Last week we ran the fourth Virtual Lacrosse Summit of 2019 and it was awesome!  There will be free replays of all summit talks coming up next week, so keep an eye out for the email!

It's impossible to say which talks were the best. but here are a few thoughts!

  • The pro-player breakdowns are INCREDIBLE!  For kids who want to get better, is there a better way than to not only view the skills and decisions but to get game context, thought process, plus hind sight?  
  • The Box Lacrosse breakdowns take the articulation of skill and IQ to another level.  If you've never watched one of these, it will blow your mind!
  • The college coaches from men's and women's lacrosse did fantastic presentations with footage from their practices and games.
  • Plus, there are amazing presentations on...
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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.12.19

 

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

 Q4 Virtual Lacrosse Summit

 

Beginning Monday at 10am ET, the Q4 Virtual Lacrosse Summit cranks up again and the line up is awesome!  Click here for more information on the Virtual Lacrosse Summit!

The Pro Player Breakdowns with MLL/NLL All Star Randy Staats, PLL Attackman Will Manny, WPLL Attacker Kylie Ohlmiller, Denver Outlaws great Matt Bocklet, and The G.O.A.T. John Grant Jr are fascinating to watch!  why they do wha they do is incredible! 

Women's Lacrosse Coaches: Oregon Head Coach Chelsea Gamble, Vanderbilt Assistant Coach Robert Bray, Virginia Tech Head Coach John Sung provide detailed presentations on Zone defenses and off ball movement.

Men's Lacrosse Coaches: Virginia Offensive Coordinator Sean Kirwan, Georgetown Offensive Coordinator Michael Phipps, St Mary's Head Coach Jason Childs, Boston...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 10.5.19

 

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!

Virtual Lacrosse Summit Q4

I am so excited to announce the line up of speakers for the Q4 Virtual Lacrosse Summit!  Beginning at 10am ET on October 14th and running through Thursday 10/17, we have some of the top players and coaches in the world of men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse, and field lacrosse and strength & conditioning.  Five Webinars per day!  It's Shark Week for lacrosse!

I have pre-recorded a bunch of these webinars already and they're awesome!  

 Summit Q4 Speakers

  1. Chip Davis, Head Coach and Admissions Director, Deerfield Academy, "Choosing a Prep School."
  2. Rob Bray, Assistant Coach,  Vanderbilt Women’s Lacrosse, "Off Ball Movement" 
  3. Jake Elliott, NLL Analyst, Canada / Iroquois Gold Medal Game Breakdown
  4. Kylie Ohlmiller, Grad Asst Stony...
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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.31.19

 

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!

 "Free Play" Podcast

This week I posted new Phi-Lacrosse-ophy Podcast with Joy of the People  Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Ted Kroeten.  This is my FAVORITE PODCAST I've ever done because I am so passionate about "Pick up Games," "Sandlot," and "Free Play" and the way Kroeten dives into theories and realities of unstructured play is fascinating and validating.  The concepts of "Under -loading", Second Language Learning Theory where acquisition must come before learning,  the myths about the best soccer academies in the world and much more!

Click here to check out the Ted Kroeten Podcast.

Box Lacrosse Creates Better Fluency Than Field Lacrosse

There are fewer than 100,000 lacrosse players in Canada compared to the greater than 750,000 players in the United States and yet at the national team...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.25.19

 

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 Coquitlam Jr Adanacs

Last Sunday night was the end of an era as the Coquitlam Jr Adanacs were bounced from the Minto Cup with a loss to the Victoria Shamrocks and my son Colin played his last Jr A game for one of the great organizations in the history of box lacrosse.  Becoming the first US player ever to win a Minto in 2016 and following it up with another national championship last year against the Brampton Excelsiors highlights a five year run in Coquitlam that has been so special.  The friends and families,, the teammates, "Wings and Rings" at the "B", the Shack, the Rookie Parties, the shoot arounds, hanging out at outdoor boxes on summer evenings, and living in a true box lacrosse culture has been so special to our son.  For my wife and me, we are just so thankful that Colin was able to follow his...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8.11.19

 

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 Podcast with Arizona State Head Coach, Tim McCormack

I've gotten to know Tim McCormack over the past few years really well in my time consulting with Northwestern Women's Lacrosse.  Tim is simply one of the best people you will ever meet!  Tim is caring, hard working, always curious and interested, and makes you feel like family.  This podcast talks about how he went from a Long Island kid at UMASS to being the Head Coach At ASU!   Tim discusses his mentors, his philosophies, and talks a lot of 2man game!  Click here to enjoy the Tim McCormack Podcast.

Lake Placid Tourney

I hadn't been up to Lake Placid since 2010!  It was SO great to get up to the north country, to see so many great friends, and to play lacrosse!  I played with the Brown State team in the 45+ Gold Division and...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 8/3/19

 

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!

 Podcast with Colgate's Matt Karweck

Check out my latest Phi-Lacrosse-ophy podcast with Head Coach of Colgate Lacrosse, Matt Karweck.  The 2nd year head coach has an exciting and refreshing vision for the Red Raiders centered on the student athlete experience, helping his players and staff become "Their best selves" and  an up tempo / push transition style of play combined with pressure defense.  I would love to play for this guy!  Click here to enjoy the Matt Karweck Podcast.

Podcast with Arizona State University Head Coach, Tim McCormack

This podcast will drop next week!  Tim is a former 3 year starter for Greg Canella and the UMass Minutemen, who was ready to take the assistant men's position at Holy Cross when UMass legend Scott Hiller called to see if he would have interest in working at...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 7.20.19

 

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!

Virtual Lacrosse Summit

We just finished another epic Summit with some of the best presentations we've ever had.  Click here to get access to this incredible line up of speakers!

A Summer in Canada

My daughters and I spent the month of June in Niagara on the Lake, (NOTL) Ontario that was truly one of the best experiences a father could ever hope for!  I got to play pick up games with my daughters and their friends pretty much every day! This was the second summer that a couple of my buddies and I rented a house in NOTL so our daughters could play girls box lacrosse in St. Catharines, ON and it was the ultimate opportunity for the kids to get better at lacrosse and have an awesome summer!

I purposely gave the girls their space by going them access to my car and working at my buddy Sean Allen's house during...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 6.16.19

 

 

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!

Best Fake Ever

My favorite team in the PLL is the Chaos, coached by my good friend and former teammate Andy Towers.  I love the way they play offense combining box players with traditional field players; the insane skill of one handed players combined with hyper athletic, two handed players, all making good decisions and playing unselfishly.  Attackman, Connor Fields is my favorite player in the world right now.  An unselfish X guy, who is an incredible decision maker, Fields uses deception, IQ and repertoire fakes, moves, passes and shots that are mind blowing!

Everyone has probably seen this fake by now.  I have watched it 100 times trying to identify the subtleties of the entire play.  If you listened to the interview, Fields noted that he had hurled a BTB shot at...

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A Lacrosse Weekend 5.26.19

 

 

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!

Memorial Day Weekend might be my favorite weekend of the year!  Graduation parties, barbecues, family and of course, Championship Weekend!  I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!

Summer Recruiting

As spring high school lacrosse transitions to summer recruiting, please remember this: If you are not good enough, there is nothing to talk about!  Ask yourself, "How is my son or daughter going to get better this summer?"  If your answer is, "he/she is playing a ton of tourneys," you are hitting the nail right on the side!   

I encourage all parents to actually count how many touches your kid gets in a game.  How many dodges, how many shots, how many times was he/she dodged against.  You will be shocked, dismayed, and depressed over how few touches players actually get in...

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