Leadership: Leadership For The World

June 1, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

People development works best through inspiration, not authority. I learned that firsthand through an initial attempt at developing my eldest nephew into a lacrosse player; somewhat forcing the stick into his hand, in contrast with my youngest nephew, who just always had a stick laying around and asked to play whenever he felt like it.

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Box Lacrosse: Special Teams

May 27, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

“Special Teams” are a group of players designated to perform certain duties during certain situations in the game. Power-play and short-handed are two of the most notable “special teams” used during the game due to their frequency, but other special teams include:

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Goaltending

May 21, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

Goaltending is a crucial element to any lacrosse team and is by far and away the most unique position in lacrosse. Goaltenders are the last line of defence and depending on the outcome of the game, can be hailed as heroes or scapegoats. As such, It is important for a coach to understand, teach and reinforce the fundamentals of goaltending and incorporate them into drills in practice, at all times.  Solid goaltending incorporates a certain mixture of fearlessness, sound technique and athleticism, to help prevent opposing teams from scoring.

Goaltending Lacrosse Drills - info graphic depicting the goaltending save cycle

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Motion Offense

May 15, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense, scooping (loose balls), cradling/ball protection, basic transition, passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Shooting

    The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense,scooping (loose balls),cradling/ball protection,basic transition,passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Dodges (Ball Protection)

April 30, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense, scooping (loose balls), cradling/ball protection, basic transition, passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Loose Balls

April 23, 2020 / Uncategorized, Blog / 0 Comments

The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense, scooping (loose balls), cradling/ball protection, basic transition, passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Basic Defense

April 16, 2020 / Uncategorized, Blog / 0 Comments

The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense, scooping (loose balls), cradling/ball protection, basic transition, passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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We’re Different: A Tribute To Women’s Lacrosse

April 10, 2020 / Blog / 0 Comments

To say that women are different than men is a broad and generally accepted statement that doesn’t always apply when referencing things like family, values, or passions, but does it hold up when applied to sport?

When I began my role as technical director of lacrosse nova scotia in 2014, I had relatively little experience coaching females, other than a few participants in our Laxlife camps from years past. I came to realize over the years how different coaching competitive girls’ lacrosse was from the competitive boys’ lacrosse environment that I had been so accustomed to as a player.

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Beginner Lacrosse Drills: Don’t Start With Passing & Catching!

April 1, 2020 / Uncategorized, Blog / 0 Comments

The fundamentals of lacrosse include: basic defense, scooping (loose balls), cradling/ball protection, basic transition, passing, catching, shooting & basic offense (appearing hypothetically in that order). You play good defense, knock the ball loose, pick it up, protect it and/or cradle it forward, pass the ball to any open players ahead of you, catch the pass and then shoot it if you are undefended and in the middle of the defense; otherwise creating a shot with basic offensive maneuvers.

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Non-Coach Led Practice

March 27, 2020 / Uncategorized, Blog / 0 Comments

Nothing I’m about to tell you has any substantial value unless you put it into action.

Whether a player or a coach, practicing “by doing” or practicing by “teaching others,” will often translate to more skill acquisition than just reading, watching and/or discussing lacrosse.

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Laxlife Blog 1 – Basic Practice Plans

March 1, 2020 / Uncategorized, Blog / 0 Comments

"Are you frustrated with the lack of coherent lacrosse information available on the internet? Don't waste your time practicing with disconnected practice plans that lack purpose and progression (The WHY + The HOW). Use the Laxlife tried, tested and true, practice plans which are evidence-based, with skills and drills horizontally integrated (evenly balanced) across several practices, to ensure that skills are developed efficiently and effectively"

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