Daily Archives: January 5, 2012

Lacrosse On TV: Former Virginia Men’s Lacrosse All-Americans Shamel And Rhamel Bratton Featured On ESPN’s “What Matters?” Series (Video)

Featuring UVA All Americans, Shamel and Rhamel Bratton. Directed by Amani Martin. Part of ESPN “What Matters?” series created by Amani Martin.

National League Lacrosse: “CBS Sports Network” Announces NLL Schedule For 2012 Season Culminating With Championship Game On May 19

The National Lacrosse League has announced the schedule of games that will air live and in primetime on CBS Sports Network during the 2012 season. The league and CBS Sports Network earlier announced a two-year partnership to broadcast games live across North America. All games will be aired in High Definition.

The 2012 broadcast schedule will be comprised of eight games, culminating with the 2012 NLL Championship Game. The broadcast schedule begins with the first of four consecutive Saturday night broadcasts on April 7th, as the Philadelphia Wings take on the Buffalo Bandits, live from First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

During the playoffs, CBS Sports Network will broadcast four games: one Divisional Semifinal Game, both Divisional Finals and the Championship Game.

NLL on CBS Sports Network Schedule:

Saturday, April 7th Philadelphia at Buffalo, 7:30PM Eastern
Saturday, April 14th Toronto at Colorado, 9:00PM Eastern
Saturday, April 21st Rochester at Buffalo, 7:30PM Eastern
Saturday, April 28th Colorado at Minnesota, 7:30PM Eastern

2012 Playoffs

Saturday, May 5th Divisional Semifinals
Saturday, May 12th Divisional Finals (Eastern & Western Divisional Finals)
Saturday, May 19th Championship Game

CBS Sports Network is seen in 44 million homes and is available to 98 million households across the country. The Network is available through local cable and video providers (Verizon FiOS Channel 94 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 643 and 1643-HD), and nationally via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and DISH Network Channel 152. CBS Sports Network is also available in Canada on the following cable providers: Bell ExpressVU, Eastlink, Cogeco Cable, Rogers Cable and Bell Aliant. For more information and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.

For more:  http://www.nll.com/news_article/show/127474?referrer_id=389128


Lacrosse Coaching Skills: “How Youth Lacrosse Coaches Can Motivate Their Teams”

How Youth Lacrosse Coaches Can Motivate Their Teams

By Nathan Henley, Sports Psychologist

As with any team sport, motivating players on a youth lacrosse team can be a coach’s main challenge, especially when it comes to staying focused during practice. But coaches who can encourage their players to have a positive attitude during practice can lead their teams to improve their skills and perform their best at games. Here are some ways youth lacrosse coaches can motivate their teams.

1. Reward team efforts. Motivation doesn’t have to be entirely up to the lacrosse coach. By rewarding players when the whole team comes out for practice and works together, players will encourage each other to put in the effort at each practice. If one or two players skip out on practices or don’t take things seriously and cause the team to miss out on rewards, you can be sure that those players will hear from their teammates.

2. Set a goal together before each game. This is another way to encourage teamwork and help the team realize their improvement, even if they don’t win the game. One goal could be for every member of the team to make a good pass during the game. If you can get your team to come up with a goal on their own, they’re likely to be even more motivated to achieve it. You can set goals during practice as well to help the team stay focused. Make sure you reward them in some way whenever a goal is achieved.

3. Emphasize the importance of practice. Practice is rehearsal for game time, and so the way a team plays in practice is likely to match game performance. Explain that skills training and drills are a great way to take them to the next level. You could also remind them that their competitors are practicing every day as well, and so the only way to beat them is to practice just as hard. The important thing about motivating your players to practice is to stay positive – they won’t respond well to negative remarks.

4. Encourage players often. Simple words and phrases of affirmation go a long way in motivating players. Just a simple sentence like, “Great pass, Jeff!” can do wonders. Besides, players would much rather work hard for an encouraging coach than for one who gets angry all the time and puts down players. Even if your players aren’t doing well, try to find positive ways to encourage them to not give up.

5. Have fun! Practices should contain a healthy mix of work and play so that your players have something to look forward to. Quick scrimmages or games that incorporate skills training are a great way to add fun to practices and keep your players motivated while working hard. You can also have fun outside of practice by going out for dinner every once in a while or even hosting a team get-together at your house. By fostering your relationship with the team and helping them create bonds with one another, they’ll have a lot more fun working together during practice and games. 

 This article was written by Nathan Henley. He is a sports psychologist who specializes in performance improvement and injury rehabilitation. He also owns the site <a href=http://www.sportspsychologydegree.org>Sports Psychology Degree</a> for students interested in getting a degree in sports psychology.