Saturday, July 26, 2014

CANUSA lacrosse reflections by Jim Fenzel

Good thoughts by Jim Fenzel on CanUSA

CanUSA

The ONE man responsible for team Canada’s 8-5 win. It’s not who you think.
When Bill Tierney divulged the secrets of his slide-and-recover Princeton defense to a packed coaching convention in the late nineties, he set in motion the events that, a decade and a half later, created this particular game.
The current team USA long poles and middies—through no fault of their own—are part of a generation that spent their formative years in the game playing for youth/middle school/high school coaches all imitating BT’s team defense. His system was beautifully simple, too simple (the real problem being even youth lax coaches could comprehend it), and every whiteboard had those imaginary field lines drawn on it. And from every sideline came calls of: “No Sweep”, “Turn ‘em back”, “No topside”.
Even in youth lacrosse, individual fundamentals were eschewed for slide-and-recover team concepts. Long poles were never left on an island and told to take the ball away.  At an age when kids should have been learning and developing checks, pushing their creativity, trying and failing to mimic Ric Beardsley, Dave Pietramala—they were learning to be individually conservative in a team system.

CANUSA lacrosse reflections by Jim Fenzel

Good thoughts by Jim Fenzel on CanUSA

CanUSA

The ONE man responsible for team Canada’s 8-5 win. It’s not who you think.
When Bill Tierney divulged the secrets of his slide-and-recover Princeton defense to a packed coaching convention in the late nineties, he set in motion the events that, a decade and a half later, created this particular game.
The current team USA long poles and middies—through no fault of their own—are part of a generation that spent their formative years in the game playing for youth/middle school/high school coaches all imitating BT’s team defense. His system was beautifully simple, too simple (the real problem being even youth lax coaches could comprehend it), and every whiteboard had those imaginary field lines drawn on it. And from every sideline came calls of: “No Sweep”, “Turn ‘em back”, “No topside”.
Even in youth lacrosse, individual fundamentals were eschewed for slide-and-recover team concepts. Long poles were never left on an island and told to take the ball away.  At an age when kids should have been learning and developing checks, pushing their creativity, trying and failing to mimic Ric Beardsley, Dave Pietramala—they were learning to be individually conservative in a team system.

Connor Wilson of LacrosseAllStars writes about Olympic Lacrosse and the Iroquois


USA vs Australia - 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Semifinal Game Olympic Lacrosse

Olympic Lacrosse And The Iroquois

1 Comment - Published July 25, 2014 by  in Denver 2014, Featured,International
A major topic of discussion out in Denver was Olympic Lacrosse. It was talked about at FIL meetings, by players, coaches, and fans, and it was brought up on several of the ESPN family-of-channels broadcast. It’s a flash point of conversation, but also one that can be murky, confusing, and incredibly drawn out.
All of this confusion surrounding Olympic Lacrosse can lead to people getting way ahead of themselves, and the sport. And beyond the obvious issues, there are some lesser known hurdles, and this post will talk about both as well as the growing Iroquois issue, so that the community has a better sense of our sport’s true Olympic position at this moment in time.
2014 World Championships Opening Ceremony

Olympic Lacrosse - The Basics

The current path that lacrosse must take to become an Olympic event involves an application for recognition of the sport (currently due in the fall of 2014, with a one year review period), and then a second application for consideration of inclusion. The recognition part is relatively easy, but nothing is guaranteed. At best, that could be done in about 14 months. Like I said, relatively easy. The second part, which requests actual inclusion in the Games, is a more rocky road, with a much longer timeframe.
The Olympics have a cap on the number of sports that can be played at any event, and over 200 countries are eligible to compete in the games. In 2012, there were 26 sports in the Summer Olympics, and 7 in the Winter Olympics. The Winter version has more disciplines within the 7 major sports, so it seems like there are many more than just 7, but that is how it is organized by the IOC. In 2016, there will be 28 sports for the Summer games, but lacrosse will not be considered for inclusion by then, seeing as the sport could only be recognized by the IOC as early as 2015.
usa_canada_lacrosse
Field Lacrosse, like many other sports, is looking to join this 28 sport number in the Summer Olympics at some point in the not so distant future. It is a hotly contested spot, and other “fringe” sports, much like lacrosse, have impressive resumés. Even if the application process goes as smoothly as possible, it is impossible to say if our sport will be selected for 2024, or 2028. Due to the lengthy approval process, these dates seem to the earliest dates possible. Sports must be announced as Olympic Sports at least seven years prior to games being played, and that’s just one rule. So even if lacrosse is recognized in 2015, and then approved for inclusion immediately, 2024 would be the absolute earliest, and with no hiccups. Trust me, it will be a LONG process no matter what.

Connor Wilson of LacrosseAllStars writes about Olympic Lacrosse and the Iroquois


USA vs Australia - 2014 World Lacrosse Championship Semifinal Game Olympic Lacrosse

Olympic Lacrosse And The Iroquois

1 Comment - Published July 25, 2014 by  in Denver 2014, Featured,International
A major topic of discussion out in Denver was Olympic Lacrosse. It was talked about at FIL meetings, by players, coaches, and fans, and it was brought up on several of the ESPN family-of-channels broadcast. It’s a flash point of conversation, but also one that can be murky, confusing, and incredibly drawn out.
All of this confusion surrounding Olympic Lacrosse can lead to people getting way ahead of themselves, and the sport. And beyond the obvious issues, there are some lesser known hurdles, and this post will talk about both as well as the growing Iroquois issue, so that the community has a better sense of our sport’s true Olympic position at this moment in time.
2014 World Championships Opening Ceremony

Olympic Lacrosse - The Basics

The current path that lacrosse must take to become an Olympic event involves an application for recognition of the sport (currently due in the fall of 2014, with a one year review period), and then a second application for consideration of inclusion. The recognition part is relatively easy, but nothing is guaranteed. At best, that could be done in about 14 months. Like I said, relatively easy. The second part, which requests actual inclusion in the Games, is a more rocky road, with a much longer timeframe.
The Olympics have a cap on the number of sports that can be played at any event, and over 200 countries are eligible to compete in the games. In 2012, there were 26 sports in the Summer Olympics, and 7 in the Winter Olympics. The Winter version has more disciplines within the 7 major sports, so it seems like there are many more than just 7, but that is how it is organized by the IOC. In 2016, there will be 28 sports for the Summer games, but lacrosse will not be considered for inclusion by then, seeing as the sport could only be recognized by the IOC as early as 2015.
usa_canada_lacrosse
Field Lacrosse, like many other sports, is looking to join this 28 sport number in the Summer Olympics at some point in the not so distant future. It is a hotly contested spot, and other “fringe” sports, much like lacrosse, have impressive resumés. Even if the application process goes as smoothly as possible, it is impossible to say if our sport will be selected for 2024, or 2028. Due to the lengthy approval process, these dates seem to the earliest dates possible. Sports must be announced as Olympic Sports at least seven years prior to games being played, and that’s just one rule. So even if lacrosse is recognized in 2015, and then approved for inclusion immediately, 2024 would be the absolute earliest, and with no hiccups. Trust me, it will be a LONG process no matter what.

Friday, July 25, 2014

MLL Lax 101



MLL Lax 101 from the Denver Outlaws Website

LAX 101


OVERVIEW:

While lacrosse is America’s oldest game, it may be the “freshest” sport in the nation as well. Its unique blend of fast-paced, high scoring, hard-hitting action has made it the fastest growing team sport in the United States. In lock step with this growth, Major League Lacrosse (MLL) was successfully launched in June 2001 as a single entity ownership structure to showcase the best professional outdoor lacrosse in the world. MLL was founded by Jake “Body by Jake” Steinfeld with founding partners Dave Morrow and Tim Robertson. The MLL has eight teams playing in major markets across the United States and Canada. MLL teams play 14 regular season games (seven home and seven away) that begin in April and run through August, including an All-Star game and Championship Weekend, where the top four teams play for top honors. Each team, consisting of twenty-three players, has three attacks, three midfielders, three defensemen, and a goaltender on the field during the game. Each team dresses eighteen players per game and the players rotate on and off the field in shifts. The game consists of four 15-minute quarters.

LEAGUE LACROSSE RULES:

Roster: Teams consist of 23 players. Each team dresses eighteen players per game (3 attacks, 3 midfielders, 3 defensemen, and 1 goaltender on the field during the game).
Time Format: Games consist of four 15-minute quarters, including a 15-minute halftime period.
Face Offs: Face offs occur to determine possession of the ball at the start of each quarter and after every goal. Two players face their sticks at midfield with a referee placing the ball between the heads of the sticks.
Shot Clock: Changed from a 45-second shot clock in 2005, a 60-second clock begins when a team gains possession of the ball. The offensive team must put a shot on goal during that time or they will lose possession. The clock is reset for a new 60 seconds if the offensive team takes a shot without scoring but recovers the ball.
Slow Whistle (Delayed Penalty): If a defending player commits a minor or major penalty against an opponent in possession of the ball where there is offensive momentum and the opponent doesn't lose possession, the official raises his hand and does not blow the whistle until a shot is taken, the 60-second shot clock expires, a goal is scored, or possession is lost.
Two-Point Arc: The 15-yard radius from the center of the goal line from which goals are worth two points. Also, players must remain at this line until the face off is possessed.
Goals: Are 6’ (high) x 6’ (wide)
Ball: The ball is colored fluorescent orange and is textured, making it less weather-sensitive and giving players a better feel for the ball in the stick pocket. The orange ball helps fans follow the game and enhances televised games by making them more viewer-friendly.

DEFINITIONS:

Body Check: Defensive move used to slow an opponent who has the ball, must be above the waist and below the neck.
Breakaway: One-on-one (shooter on goalie) scoring opportunity.
Clear: An attempt by the team in possession to transition the ball from defense to offense.
Cradle: Method used to keep the ball inside the pocket of the stick by rocking it back and forth.
Crease: The nine-foot radius containing the goal in which offensive players cannot enter. Shooters or their teammates cannot stand on (or inside) the line or their goals won’t count.
Cross Check: Defensive strategy using the shaft of the stick to push an opponent to force a missed or bad shot.
Failure to Advance: Upon gaining possession of the ball and resetting of the shot clock, the failure of a team to advance the ball from its defensive end of the field within 20 seconds.
Fast break: Like basketball, a transition from a defense-type offense in which the team with the ball gains a man advantage during the transition.
Ground Ball: Occurs when there is no possession and the ball is bouncing, rolling, or deflected off the goaltender.
Man Down: When a team has at least one player in the penalty box.
Man Up: When a team has a man advantage because the other team has at least one player in penalty box.
Outlet Pass: The first pass from the goaltender that begins the transition from defense to offense.
Penalty Box: Where a player sits while serving a penalty.
Ride or Riding: Defending a clear; an attempt to stop the team in possession from clearing the ball.
Roll Dodge: Typical of an attackman’s move, driving with the stick in one hand while rolling with his back to the defender to free hands for a pass or shot on goal.
Shorthanded: When one team has one or more players in the penalty box and the opponent is at full-strength or has one less penalized player on the field.
Shot Clock Violation: Failure to get a shot on goal - whether it hits the post, rebounds off the goalkeeper, or is saved by a defensive player in the crease - in 60 seconds.
Split Dodge: When an offensive player with the ball changes direction by moving the stick from one hand to the other in a crossover motion to lead the defender in the opposite direction.
Takeaway check: An attempt to strip the offensive player of the ball using the defenseman’s stick.

POSITIONS:

Attack: The attackman's responsibility is to score goals. The attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field.
Midfield: The midfielder's responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and defense. The midfielder is key to the transition game and is often called upon to clear the ball from defense to offense.
Defense: The defenseman's responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman generally restricts his play to the defensive end of the field. A good defenseman should be able to react quickly in game situations.
Goal: The goalie's responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring. A good goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and directing the defensemen to react.
STICK DIMENSIONS FOR MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE:

Short Crosse:
Used by attackmen and midfielders
  • Length: 40-42 inches
  • Pocket width: 5-10 inches
Long Crosse:
Used by defenders, and only three are allowed on the field at the same time
  • Length: 52-72 inches
  • Pocket Width: 5-10 inches
Goalkeeper Crosse:
One per team -no more, no less- is required on the field
  • Length: 40-72 inches
  • Pocket Width: 10-12 inches