Friday, October 31, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Advice for your Wall Ball routine

I am a huge fan of "hitting the wall" to practice your lacrosse stick skills.  Great players, from the Powells to Paul Rabil to Steele Stanwick to Rob Pannell and many others have honed their craft by diligently throwing the lacrosse ball against the wall.  Here are some items of advice for how to approach the "wall ball."

This list is posted over at LaxAllStars, along with some other GREAT advice:

FOR BEST RESULTS1. Find a flat brick or concrete wall at least 10 feet high, the longer the better
2. Every drill that you do- do it with both hands 50 times each!
3. Always wear gloves when you are performing your routine- you play with gloves so why not practice with gloves
4. Stand 5-7 yards away from the wall
5. Perform this routine at least 4-5 times per week
6. Each routine should be at least 20 minutes in length- if you finish all drills in less than 20 minutes, repeat drills starting with the drill that challenged you the most
7. Listening to music always helps me work harder, so crank up the tunes
8. Have fun!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Quint: How to Warm Up a Lacrosse Goalie: From InsideLacrosse

Quint: How to Warm Up a Lacrosse Goalie: From InsideLacrosse

(Inside Lacrosse Photo: Matt Kinnear)
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The more I watch goalies getting warmed up pre-game, pre-practice and at recruiting events, the more concerned I get. Shooting underhand worm-burners from 16 yards isn't accomplishing anything. Spending five rushed minutes in between the pipes isn't sufficient for a young goalie.
A great warm-up simulates the shots a keeper will see during competition, while sharpening fundamentals and focus — all while earning a sweat. Only 14 goalies in DI had a save percentage over 55% last season; the position is under-taught at all levels.
These are some of the guidelines for a proper goalie warm-up; tailor each warm-up according to time available and whether it is a game day or practice. I recommend light cardio, some wall ball and stretching before stepping into the crease.
(Yardage is from goal line to shooter)

2014 Goalie Leaders

1. Jason WeberDetroit0.642179 (279)
2. Sam SomersArmy0.61481 (132)
3. Jack RunkelLoyola0.610180 (295)
4. Gunnar WaldtBryant0.593229 (386)
5. Austin GeislerHigh Point0.585211 (361)
6. Dustin KeenSaint Joseph's0.57379 (138)
7. Gill ConnersQuinnipiac0.569181 (318)
8. Matt PoillonLehigh0.564150 (266)
9. Sam GrinbergBucknell0.563157 (279)
10. Niko AmatoMaryland0.559152 (272)
11. Mike NugentMercer0.559162 (290)
12. Kieran BurkeNorth Carolina0.556153 (275)
13. Garrett ConawayMonmouth0.55694 (169)
14. Ryan LaPlanteDenver0.556100 (180)

1. Start with shots from 10 yards out, right in front and center. All high — that is above the ankles and at 80% speed. Focus on the seven areas: stick-side high, stick-side hip, stick-side low, five hole, offside high, offside hip and offside low. Tempo should be established.
***It's 10 yards for a reason; nobody shoots from outside 12 or 13 yards anymore. Pacticing the saves that matter is most important — any non-athlete from PE class can save a 14- or 16-yard bomb, practicing those shots is a complete waste of time.

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: Steele Stanwick at UVA

 #6 Steele Stanwick at work against Duke
Photo by Peter M. Carey

Steele Stanwick running a shooting clinic in Cville with Chris Bocklet
Photo by Peter M. Carey

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: UVA's Pat Harbeson

Always loved the passion that Pat Harbeson played with at UVA - and in his senior year, he played some offense, too! 

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Some of CareyLax's Favorite Players: UVA's Chris LaPierre

Loved watching this guy play for 4+ seasons at UVA!

Photo by Peter M. Carey

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congrats to the new Lacrosse Hall of Fame Inductees!

See a marvelous gallery HERE



OCTOBER 17, 2014

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. Perhaps this could be best explained by those who have identified a deficiency in their lives that can only be fulfilled by altruism.
It seems that we just can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions -- and with good reason. Scientific studies prove that kindness has many physical, emotional, and mental health benefits. And children need a healthy dose of the warm-and-fuzzies to thrive as healthy, happy, well-rounded individuals.
Patty O'Grady, PhD, an expert in neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology, specializes in education. She reports:
Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it.
A great number of benefits have been reported to support teaching kindness in schools, best summed up by the following.

Happy, Caring Children

The good feelings that we experience when being kind are produced by endorphins. They activate areas of the brain that are associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust. These feelings of joyfulness are proven to be contagious and encourage more kind behavior (also known asaltruism) by the giver and recipient.
Read the rest HERE at Edutopia 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen." ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

"It is the province of knowledge to speak. And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."

~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Friday, October 17, 2014

MUHS Grad, Alyssa Trudel to be honored by VT Chapter of US Lacrosse

Middlebury Union High School Alumni, Alyssa Trudel will be honored this year in the category of "A truly great player" for her accomplishments on the lacrosse fields at MUHS & Boston University.

Vermont Chapter 12th Annual Recognition Dinner
What: 12th Annual Recognition Dinner
When: November 9, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, 1712 Shelburne Rd. South Burlington, VT
The Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse will honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the sport of Lacrosse in Vermont over a period of many years. Our goal is to acknowledge those who represent diverse areas of the sport including youth, high school, college, and officials.
The event is also a fundraiser for our programs that we run throughout the year. Please come out and support our honorees and the Chapter!
$15/child 18 and under
$75/family of four
$15/person over a family of four, e.g. family of five: $90
RSVP deadline: Monday, November 3
Please mail a check, payable to 'Vermont Chapter/US Lacrosse' to:
Jono Chapin
261 Belden Falls Rd.
New Haven, VT 05472
Need more information?
Contact Mike Dee, President, by email or at (802) 238-2749
Vermont Chapter of US Lacrosse Board

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Read an actual book!

Science Has Great News for People Who Read Actual Books

Read an excerpt below, and read the whole article HERE
It's no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even found that elderly individuals who read regularly are 2.5 times less likely to develop Alzheimer's than their peers. But not all forms of reading are created equal.
The debate between paper books and e-readers has been vicious since the first Kindle came out in 2007. Most arguments have been about the sentimental versus the practical, between people who prefer how paper pages feel in their hands and people who argue for the practicality of e-readers. But now science has weighed in, and the studies are on the side of paper books. 
Reading in print helps with comprehension. 
A 2014 study found that readers of a short mystery story on a Kindle were significantly worse at remembering the order of events than those who read the same story in paperback. Lead researcher Anne Mangen of Norway's Stavanger University concluded that "the haptic and tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does."
Our brains were not designed for reading, but have adapted and created new circuits to understand letters and texts. The brain reads by constructing a mental representation of the text based on the placement of the page in the book and the word on the page. 
The tactile experience of a book aids this process, from the thickness of the pages in your hands as you progress through the story to the placement of a word on the page. Mangen hypothesizes that the difference for Kindle readers "might have something to do with the fact that the fixity of a text on paper, and this very gradual unfolding of paper as you progress through a story is some kind of sensory offload, supporting the visual sense of progress when you're reading."
While e-readers try to recreate the sensation of turning pages and pagination, the screen is limited to one ephemeral virtual page. Surveys about the use of e-readers suggest that this affects a reader's serendipity and sense of control. The inability to flip back to previous pages or control the text physically, either through making written notes or bending pages, limits one's sensory experience and thus reduces long-term memory of the text. 
Read the whole article HERE

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. -Michael Jordan

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Are Developmental Rec Lacrosse Teams Going Extinct? from USLacrosse

Are Developmental Rec Lacrosse Teams Going Extinct?
By Kate Leavell, posted at USLacrosse

As a Maryland native, I was one of many kids developed by the Green Hornets rec program when I began to play lacrosse back in the early 90’s. We had parent coaches who were focused on development and used fun activities to make learning interesting. That year of Green Hornets lacrosse fueled my lifetime love of the game, as well as a strong foundation for playing and coaching. I came in as a newbie who only knew the boys game from my dad and brother, and went on to play high school and college lacrosse with a great understanding of fundamentals, rules and safety.
Now I have kids of my own, and I’m watching the disintegration of rec teams, as they turn into selective, specialized travel teams under the guise of a rec program. Development and inclusion too often go by the wayside as the trend to recruit local talent for tournaments takes over. As new parents ask me where to sign up their kids to play, I find myself hesitating too often. I’m wondering if the local program in question will allow this new player a chance to see the field, to learn, to mess up and to find solutions on the field.
My two sons were casualties of rec programs obsessed with recruiting talent, and sadly for me, both of them decided lacrosse was not for them. One quit after spending the entire season on the sideline—in third grade. The other quit after his third year, when his small size in fifth grade earned him the spot of being a cone the bigger players would run around during practice. My daughter loves the game, and I’ve become very careful about where I sign her up to play. At age 11, all I want for her is to get touches and to come home smiling and excited to go back.
Read the rest HERE