Friday, April 11, 2014

Face-Off Dominance

We played a pretty solid youth lacrosse team last week. They were as good as our guys but one of our middies won almost every single face-off. This allowed us to dominate the time of possession and helped us to win 12-6.

Therefore, if you want your young middie to shine and get more playing time, send him to a few face-off clinics in the off-season so he can help the team... and himself! :)

Of course, if your son doesn't work on his other middie skills (i.e. shooting, passing, defense, speed, etc.) then he will only become a "fogo"... face-off, get off. Not great for young kids!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Lacrosse Tryout Tips

In our town, we hold tryouts for Spring lacrosse in March.

The boys go through three days of testing. This ranges from testing basic skills such as shooting, passing & catching (left & right hand) to "Army & Navy" drills (i.e. three on four). On the final day, the tryouts culminate in scrimmages in order to evaluate game knowledge, positioning skills, etc.

Moreover, since there are so many boys are participating in these tryouts, they go through various testing stations (all running the same drills at the same time). Upon completion of the drill, the best 2 or 3 kids at a station "move up" to a higher station, a number of kids stay at the same station and the 2 or 3 kids who need more work on their skills "move down" to a lower station. By the end of the day, the kids with the best skills are generally in the A & B stations and the other kids are at the lower stations.

Our town uses this system in order to more fairly judge kids versus worrying about someone making the team only because they are buddies with the coach's son.

This screening process seems to really capture the 10-15 best lax kids. However, since a travel lacrosse team consists of 18-20 kids, there are a number of kids on the bubble. This is where it gets a little more subjective and evaluators look at items such as how did the kids do on last year's travel teams (i.e. Did they have a good attitude? Were they coachable?, etc.).

So if you want to your son do well at lacrosse tryouts, please make sure they work on their lacrosse skills in the off-season. Too many of last year's "studs" did not work any of their lax skills in the off-season (as they thought that they would automatically make this year's travel A team).

They (and their parents) are going to be sadly mistaken because there were a number of less athletically gifted kids who worked their butts off in the off-season (and this has resulted in superior stick skills). Therefore, a number of last year's B travel kids will be moving up to the A travel team and a number of former A-level kids will be moving down or out.


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Lacrosse Sticks & Cold Weather

Don't leave your lacrosse stick in your car (as you race around to off-season lacrosse clinics) or leave it in your freezing garage during the winter. Otherwise, the lacrosse head could become brittle and may crack during practice.

Since lacrosse heads are pretty expensive (and who wants to break-in another head during the all-important Spring lacrosse season), you need to keep them safe and sound... and warm! Place them in a warm room in your house during the winter months so they are ready to go for any winter practice sessions or for the regular Spring season.


Monday, February 10, 2014

Hope You Are Practicing Your Winter Wall Ball

The best way to get a head start on the Spring lacrosse season is to practice wall ball!

In the Northeast, we have to do our winter wall ball in the snow. :)