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Lacrosse Skills And Training: “BTB Players Manual” Features 10 Online Videos Focusing On Offensive, Defensive Lacrosse Skill Development Combined With Strength, Speed And Conditioning Training


BTB Players ManualThe BTB Players Manual is a series of 10 online videos that focus on passing, catching, ground balls, dodging, shooting, offense, and BTB Lacrosse Videosdefense, as well as strength, speed, and conditioning training. The BTB Players Manual also consists of a complete workout calendar with daily workouts, a systematic training guide and tips, and a college recruiting seminar.

Lacrosse Coaches Matt Rienzo and Jesse Miller have joined forces with some of the top professional lacrosse players in the country (Danny Glading, Mike Kimmel, Barney Ehrmann, and Kyle Dixon) to produce the most comprehensive lacrosse skill development and training program ever created.

BTB Lacrosse Team MembersFour year professional lacrosse player with the Chesapeake Bayhawks and 3-time All-American at UVA, Danny Glading, had this to say about the BTB Players Manual, “If you want to improve at lacrosse and become an elite player, then you need to use the BTB Players Manual.  It’s the only lacrosse development program of its kind, and it will teach you, step by step, how to take your game to the next level. This one of a kind program teaches you how to practice the most important parts of the game, in the right order, and the right way.  Coach Rienzo and Coach Miller are awesome coaches, and if you follow their program from start to finish, you will take your game to the next level.”

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Matt Rienzo, Former Georgetown Men’s Lacrosse Asst. Coach

Coaches Matt Rienzo and Jesse Miller have over 25 years of combined coaching experience at Georgetown University, the University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, and Gonzaga College High School, and they have coached over 40 collegiate All-Americans.

Rienzo, who coached in six NCAA Quarterfinals and one Final Four, said this about the BTB Players Manual, “This program is perfect if you are a lacrosse player looking to get an edge on your competition.

It is great for coaches looking for new drills and techniques. It is also ideal for parents who want to learn more about the game to be able to teach their sons.

Jesse Miller Gonzaga College High School Boys Lacrosse Coach

Jesse Miller

You learn the exact same techniques and drills that all the college and pro players do every day, and if you follow the program we guarantee that you will improve quickly and see results immediately.”

The BTB Players manual is available on your smart phone, tablet, or computer, and you can watch all the videos and workouts on the field during your workouts.

For more information about the BTB Players Manual visit: www.BTBPlayersManual.com.

High School Lacrosse: “US Lacrosse High School Girls Lacrosse Parent Handbook”


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High School Lacrosse: “US Lacrosse High School Boys Lacrosse Parent Handbook”


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St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles Talks About The Critical Role That Booster Clubs, Athletic Directors And Parents Have In Hiring And Retaining High School Lacrosse Coaches


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St. Margaret's Episcopal Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles. OCVarsity.com

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse Head Coach Glen Miles. OCVarsity.com

In part five of his interview with LaxBuzz, Glen Miles, head coach of the Nike/US Lacrosse West Region #4 Ranked St. Margaret’s Episcopal Boys Lacrosse program, discusses the important issues High School Athletic Directors and Booster Clubs must consider in hiring a Varsity Lacrosse Coach and staff in order to create a successful lacrosse program.

LaxBuzz:    What should high school Athletic Directors and Booster Clubs look for in hiring a new Varsity Lacrosse coach and their top assistants to create a culture and foundation leading to a successful program?    How do you define success at the high school level?

Glen Miles: “High School coaching in California is a very challenging proposition.  To run a successful High School program takes a lot of time, effort and resources.  These young coaches are attracted and convinced to take a coaching position because the “booster” club has promised how motivated they are to help the young coach navigate the process, and for the most part this is very true.”
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“Lacrosse parents and boosters are working very hard to help their kid’s lacrosse programs exist at the High School level. Unfortunately, I have heard too many stories from young coaches that have difficulty handling the parents who are not happy with them for one reason or another.”

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 “I feel like we beg these young coaches to come and coach our boys and then, the moment the young coach makes a mistake or has a challenge, the “parents” exert unrealistic expectations  on a very young man and simply just make it too hard and not fun for him.  At this rate and with this trend, we could have a problem.”

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“The alternative for these young guys is Club lacrosse.  Much like soccer, club lacrosse is growing and High School lacrosse is stagnating.  This is terribly unfortunate.  We need to reverse this trend immediately if we want to preserve lacrosse as a High School sport.  The parental problems is not as big an issue for club coaches.  As a club coach, parents can just leave and go play somewhere else.  High School does not work this way.”
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“My sense is that we can get these young coaches out here early but then the moment things get tough, they are out.  We are forgetting that they are young and that they need training and more importantly they need our grace and our patience.”
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“I think parents are leading the charge for lacrosse more than the athletic directors and that is why this is an issue.  Athletic directors are very capable of handling and training young coaches—they just need to want to.  This is an additional sport for an athletic director who was already overworked.”

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“For this reason, it seems the athletic directors are letting the parents help the High School coach navigate the process.  Unfortunately when it does not go the parent’s way they have great influence to make a change.”
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“We need to commit to these young coaches and teach them how to lead and how to communicate with all members—players, parents, and teachers.  Many young coaches are merely coaching the way they were coached and sometimes that is good and sometimes that is bad.  If its bad, it needs to be changed.”

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“Joe Ehrmann, founder of “Coach For America” and author of “Inside Out Coaching”, has a very unique coaching perspective that the athletic director at St. Margaret’s has embraced, and one that we at Victory are working hard to incorporate into everything we do.  Joe’s training is a great place for school administrators, parents and coaches to start in order to help create a culture of success.”
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“In the Coach For America model, success is measured 20 years after the players graduate.  Is he a man of integrity? Is he a good brother, husband and father?  If he is, then we succeeded.  As I mentioned earlier, winning is a by product of that success.”

The Best Role For Parents In Their Child’s Lacrosse Career: “Balancing Character, Skill Development and Fun” From US Lacrosse


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Introduction by Sara Noon, Managing Director of Membership at US Lacrosse. Main article by Dr. Richard Ginsburg, Ph.D., Stephen Durant, Ed.D, and Amy Batzell, Ed.D.

As I reflect on character and the role parents play in our child’s athletic endeavors, I think that I have felt every single emotion that Dr. Ginsburg discusses in his article below. I believe that I have gone from “a not so good” sports parent, to a “supportive” sports parent. I wish I had the advantage of Dr. Ginsburg’s book “Who’s Game is it, Anyway” six years ago when my daughter started her club lacrosse career. I learned the hard way how to be a “good” sports parent – by letting go of trying to control my daughter’s abilities. I believed in her so much, that I was one of those parents that “quizzed and critiqued” her in the car following a game. Yuk. The good news is that it did not take too long for me to learn that this approach did not work, that her club lacrosse experience was about her and not about me–I backed off and let go. Six years later, a rising senior, her club lacrosse team just won the National Club Championship. Her team displayed grace and class in the final game that was very physical and intense. When I think of character, her team, the parents and the coaches, embody and define character. They (players, parents and coaches) have been supportive, nurturing, encouraging, believing, and tolerant. There were definitely moments, but those were when the coaches “raised the bar” on the players and expected more. But there was never a moment when the players or parents were competitive with each other. Now, all of the girls are going on to play lacrosse at the college level, to continue playing the game that they love. Even my daughter, who was one of the last to commit, has ended up in a perfect school for her. I am so happy to see her, and all of the girls, embrace the character and strong virtues that they have learned through the sport of lacrosse. That regardless of what they do in life or where their lacrosse takes them, they have an internal sense of maturity, compassion and dedication that makes all of the parents proud. So please read Dr. Ginsburg’s article with seriousness of heart, if I had the insight he provides earlier on in my sport parent career, it would have been a smoother ride. My other children will benefit!

Organized sports are, in reality, just a serious form of play. Sports structure play, there are rules to obey, skills and positions to learn and plays to follow. The demands required to become good at any sport combined with the intensity of competition, introduce our children to the pursuit of excellence. In their demand that children channel their behavior according to rules, organized sports provide a natural place for many life lessons. The hunger for mastery and worthy achievement, the willingness to accept one’s own strengths and limitations, as well as the recognition of the needs and rights of others are crucial aspects of responsible, mature adulthood. Sports can help develop these areas of competence, but it does not happen without guidance, direction and strength from caring parents and coaches.

The challenge for all adults involved in youth, high school and even collegiate sports is to preserve the enjoyment of playing while introducing the structure and discipline of proper teamwork, skill and technique. Because children are vulnerable and still growing, they need our ongoing help in mastering this struggle. Yes as parents, we face our own struggles, knowing when to push our child and when to back off, when to stick to principle and when to be flexible and when to maintain control and then to let go and simply let kids play. As parents, we must live with the anxiety and the uncertainty of those decisions while trying to teach our kids the crucial lessons of life, yet allow them the freedom to make mistakes.

Another challenge to teaching our children how to play well, have fun and be a good kid is our own emotional baggage, which we parents carry from our past and project into the future. The desire to see our kids achieve what we ourselves couldn’t or didn’t often makes it difficult to remain under control. It can be troubling to observe our children perform in a public arena where they may experience the euphoria of victory, the agony of defeat, the humiliation of publicly making an error or the pain of injury – they’re on display at very vulnerable moments. Competition can also trigger memories and the feelings that accompany them: “that coach sucked, he screwed me my senior year too. Now he’s screwing my son.” Some parents become vocal and combative as spectators, but others withdraw and watch in isolation, standing off to the side. Others will cheer and use every ounce of emotional energy to support their children. Occasionally, parents can’t bear the tension of watching and won’t attend competitions at all. Add to the scenario parents’ own daily pressures and problems, and you can see how parents and youth sports can become a volatile mix.

The “post game quiz and lecture” during the ride home might not contain twenty questions, but it is one of the most corrosive ways in which we, as parents, can suck the joy out of sports for our children. There is no need to list the number of times that otherwise rational parents have overstepped the boundaries of proper behavior in their zeal to protect, promote or exalt their child in the heat of those competitive fires. Some parents make their displeasure public. As parents, we must find the will to present ourselves as role models for youth athletes. Sometimes the first step is slowing down, catching our breath, and reviewing what we really want our children to experience in sports participation. We can replace the question “did you win” with other questions that reveal our values:

    • Did you have fun?
    • How did you plan?
    • Did you learn anything new?
    • Did you give your best effort?
    • Did you play as a team?

These emphases give more than lip service to building character.

So sports don’t build character – people do. Character development requires unselfishness, restraint, thoughtful reflection and a stilling of the passions. Parenting or coaching to form good character means at all times that winning takes a back seat to fairness, safety, the good of the group and long-term growth. As parents, we must make the joys and lessons of competitive sports readily available to our children without tainting sports with our own unrealistic expectations, or emotional outbursts, of those of other adults.