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Lacrosse Injuries: “Dr. James Andrews Targets Youth Sports Injuries” Article Discusses “Overuse Prevention” And Importance Of Avoiding “Sport Specialization” Until Senior Year In High School
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.
5 Famous People Who Played Lacrosse
By Natalie Dawson
While it might be a relatively new sport, lacrosse has been around, especially in the collegiate world, for a long time. Many promising young scholars and athletes play lacrosse in school, both for fun and as a way to help pay for college. To prove it, we have listed below five famous people who used lacrosse as a stepping stone to greatness.
- John Kerry– A longtime senator from Massachusetts, he was the
Democratic presidential nominee in the 2004 election. While everyone knows that he served the military during the Vietnam War, most people don’t know that he played lacrosse at Yale University. He also played on the same team with future FBI Director Bob Mueller.
- Jim Brown – Because lacrosse can help you learn other sports, he was one of the most famous in the whole game and played for Syracuse University. He would go onto play football for the Cleveland Browns and be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. One of his best quotes is “I’d rather play lacrosse six days a week and football on the seventh.”
- Bob Woodruff – He is the news anchor who replaced ABC’s Peter Jennings in 2006. He is probably best known for being wounded that same year while covering the Iraq War. A crucial part of his education was at Colgate University where he played lacrosse and scored a record 184 points before going on to law school.
- Geraldo Rivera – The talk show host turned journalist was also a lacrosse player. He played on the varsity team at the University of Arizona as a goalie. He would use this education to go on to earn a law degree from the Brooklyn Law School.
- Dave Grohl – He proves that lacrosse players can also rock. The lead singer of the band The Foo Fighters, he was making hits on the field before he was in the studio. He credits lacrosse as his favorite sport growing up and played in the goalie position.
Natalie Dawson owns the site <a href=http://www.mastersdegree.com>Masters Degree</a>. She enjoys writing articles about everything in the education field.
Lacrosse In The Media: New York Times Calls Paul Rabil “The LeBron James Of Lacrosse” In Article Titled “Can This Man Make Lacrosse Sexy?”
PAUL RABIL, “the LeBron James of lacrosse” to loyal fans, was shooting. He can fire the ball at up to 111 miles an hour, faster than a slap shot in hockey and only slightly slower than an archer’s hurtling arrow. But this time the shot missed, hitting the top goal post and ricocheting out toward the stands. A little girl in the line of fire screamed in an accelerating crescendo, “I don’t want to get hit, I don’t want to get killed!” The ball sailed harmlessly overhead. Calming down she asked, “Who shot that?”
The formidable powers of Mr. Rabil are no secret to anyone who follows the sport. At Johns Hopkins University, he set a school record for goals, points and assists. After graduating in 2008 he signed with two professional teams: the Cannons and the Washington Stealth, part of the National Lacrosse League, which competes indoors.
He quickly established himself as a ferocious competitor, and in 2009 Major League Lacrosse named him its most valuable player. This year was even busier. He powered the Stealth to the league title, then snagged a gold medal and the M.V.P. crown with Team USA at the world championships. And he helped propel the Cannons to its semifinal showdown against the Bayhawks.
Lacrosse In The 1950’s: May 28, 1956 “Sports Illustrated” Article Asked Coaches And Players “How Would You Compare Lacrosse To Football?”
F. MORRIS TOUCHSTONE
U.S. Military Academy
Both appeal to the athlete who enjoys rugged competition. Both are highly developed team efforts, but the skills of the two differ. In football, the emphasis is on blocking and tackling. In lacrosse, ball handling with the stick, dodging and accurate shooting are vital.
JOHN J. THEOBALD
Deputy Mayor, N.Y.C.
Although lacrosse is a wide open game, it is as rough and can be rougher than football. The great interest in football results from the coordination of the players and ball handling. Lacrosse must also have good team work, but the real skill is in passing the ball.
VICE-ADMIRAL C.T. DURGIN (ret.)
N.Y. State Maritime College
Lacrosse, originated by the American Indian, is new in most colleges but is building tremendous interest. The game seems a combination of soccer and basketball. Although it requires coordination and combative instinct, it is not as interesting to me as football.
U.S. Naval Academy
I was introduced to lacrosse at the Naval Academy. It’s my belief that if lacrosse were as widely publicized as football, it would be as popular. Like football, it requires speed, skill, stamina and desire. It’s interesting and exciting. There’s never a dull moment.
Lacrosse is tougher. I played both. Never was hurt in football, but was knocked for a loop in lacrosse. When a guy swings his stick at you, look out! At Penn we were called the suicide squad. The Indians played lacrosse long before white men. Many players today are wilder than the Indians.
CAPTAIN ROBERT J. STROH
World’s largest warship
There’s great similarity. Both are body contact sports requiring great physical vigor. Good team work is a prime requisite in each sport. In both games a good big man is better than a good little man. For me, a former baseball player, both have equal appeal.
Unlike football, with its break between plays, lacrosse takes more stamina due to continuous running. Like in football, speed, general athletic skill and the ability to give and take punishment is important. Fans who know both games like lacrosse better because it’s more open.
Football and lacrosse star
I prefer to play football. It’s a bit rougher and packed with more pressure, tension and excitement. However, playing a midfield spot in lacrosse takes more out of me than football. I’m enchanted, too, with the skillful stickwork required. Lacrosse has more originality.
In lacrosse, speed and skill are prime requisites. Brawn is secondary. It requires more agility, finesse and I footwork than football, with more quick stops, turns, backward steps, etc. Even though there isn’t as much body contact, there are many head injuries from stickwork.
HOWARD MYERS Jr.
Lacrosse and football
Hofstra College, N.Y.
Lacrosse helps develop speed and maneuverability and is every bit as exciting as football. Lacrosse practice sessions are more fun than football practice and therefore lacrosse comes off the favorite. Men who play both both sports prefer lacrosse almost unanimously.
ROBERT H. SCOTT
Lacrosse coach, Johns
Lacrosse with its jarring blocks, long runs and passing, compares favorably with football in spectator appeal. But lacrosse requires more skill. A player must also know how to use a stick. Many college athletes now play both sports. Each offers the best in team work.
University of Maryland
Football is a more thrilling sport, but lacrosse gives a true feeling of an enjoyable relaxing game. It can either be played with all the physical contact of football or with the finesse of basketball without violating the rules of the game. I prefer football but love to play lacrosse.