When winning is losing

Their youth program is winning every tournament, every league, they are unstoppable. But their high school team is awful. What gives?? This is a common phenom in developing areas.  It’s called- using the rules of youth lacrosse and relying on early developing athletes to win games, while passing up fundamentals and development.  Sure, they may work on…

Parents: are they the bad guys?

As a coach, I have to ask parents, do you ever feel like the bad guy? No matter what you do? Ever get frustrated and fed up with your kid’s sports program and not feel like helping out anymore? There is a reason that the “Meet in the Middle” program foundation I use looks at…

Coach, Re-Write your job description

Re-Write your job description   We know coaching involves teaching our respective sport, hopefully some life lessons, guiding young minds, building athletes, making practice plans, subbing and shifting players, game day organization, and stuffing our cars full of so much gear that groceries don’t stand a chance.  But these days more than ever we have…

Wrecked by Politics. Save our Coaches

I’m absolutely gutted. Have you ever felt this way about coaching? I have felt that gnawing wonder of how much a coach can take before the mission goes from serving, caring, leading and teaching to martyrdom instead. But never so much as I feel now. This is a stray from my usual blog subjects. But…

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Out of shape much, Coach?

As coaches we are undeniably role models. It’s in what choices we make every day, what we say, and how we act.  Kids follow our cues when we respect or don’t respect officials. They show up late if we wonder in late and distracted for practice and they get rattled when we are nervous or…

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LeavellUP Lacrosse University

    Get the edge this season with LLU for your team! Video chalk talks your team can watch that will introduce, explain, and demo team offense, defense, transition and strategies and so much more.   These are the same chalk talks I’ve used with my own teams for years to bring new and returning…

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I don’t want Winners.

The season started with a gust of icy wind as players pulled pinnies over the top of sweatshirts, and pulled on two pairs of socks. A few flakes of snow started sticking to the rubber pellets on the turf. January was barely over and we were getting started on a long journey to May. I…