Travel Team Tryout Season

As the Summer ends, Travel Lacrosse Team Tryouts begin.  This can be a stressful time for the young players out there.  Lacrosse is just a game and should be played for fun.  I think we all must keep that in mind as we approach the tryouts.  There are a ton of teams out there for your player to play on.  If you don’t make 1 team, you will have an opportunity to play for another team.  Tryout dates are posted on all of the Team Websites out there and sources such as www.backofthecage.com post them as well.

Preparing for Tryouts.  Many of the tryouts have a huge number of players fighting for a select few spots.  That being said, there are only so many coaches out there and you have to make yourself stand out from the crowd.  How do you do this ?  Hustle & Effort.  Give it 110% every time you are on the field.  Do not jog for a ground-ball, sprint, give it every last bit of energy you have.  Doing 1on1’s ?  Utilize your best move and go hard to the cage.  Don’t dance, one hard move and go.  Riding on the clear ?  Don’t give up until the ball has crossed the midfield line.  Defense?  Play defense with your feet and harass the gloves.  If the man gets in tight to the cage, get physical push him out and throw a back check when he gets off balance.  Midfielders play defense just as hard if not harder than you play offense.  Tenacity is the cornerstone of every great midfielder.  If you dig down deep and work as hard as you can when you have the opportunity to do so, then, regardless of outcome, you can leave the tryout satisfied that you have given your best effort.

LaxNuttz Take on the World Games So Far…

  • The U.S. Team is an absolute beast.  The middies are dominating the face offs.  The entire squad is dominating the ground ball game.  The attack is relentless on the ride.  The Defense is lights out.  The team is controlling the ball on the offensive side of the field.  They are dangerous from every spot in the offense.  Rob Pannell is the smoothest, quickest attack-man I have ever watched.  He is quick to dodge and can score from behind and is just as dangerous as a feeder.  It comes as no surprise but Paul Rabil is the best midfielder in the game, it is clear when watching him that his dedication to strength and conditioning pays huge dividends on the field.  Rabil can hurt you from up top, on the wing with his left or his right.  Thul is a man child, he is a gigantic, hard shooting midfielder.  He might be part Bigfoot.  Leveille is a finisher inside, he knows how to find the gap and put away the rock.  Max Seibald is lightning fast and has great vision and field sense, I was surprised at his ability to distribute the ball.  Max has always been a finisher but he is a better team player and helps make the players around him better.  Lawson is another tremendous finisher, it’s a lot of fun to watch this former Blue Devil.  Buchanan has a rocket from the outside.
  • The Iroquois Team is so much fun to watch.  The amazing stick skills of the Thompsons are mind blowing.  Lyle Thompson’s behind the back stick flip against Brodie Merrill (Arguable the best defense-men to ever play the game) is the stuff of legend.  Lyle Thompson is the leading goal scorer with an impressive 12 goals.  He proved he is willing to hustle on the ride and has caused multiple turnovers.  I have been a bit disappointed by the Iroquois Defense.  The off-ball slashing and blatant hickory stick beatings are pointless.  It cheapens the game.  If the defense kept the penalties down to a minimum in the Canada  game, they may have pulled off the comeback.  The Iroquois showed much more restraint against Team Australia and that resulted in a big win.
  • Team Canada is outstanding as well.  Brodie Merrill is what all defense-men should strive to become.  He is physical, he is big and if the ball goes to the ground it is his.  His stick skills are amazing and he is comfortable staying on the offensive side of the field.  He can run D-Middie or Close D and he belongs on the toher team’s best player.  (P.S. He is a Hoya ).

http://www.worldlacrosse2014.com/landing/index

 

 

Are you working as hard as you can to become the best you can be ?

Are you working as hard as you can to become the best you can be ? That is the question every young player should be asking themselves each day. Lacrosse has become ultra-competititve. As a coach, you can see which kids work on their skills at home and which do not. In order to be the best, you need to work on yourself everyday. Not just on the lacrosse field, this applies to everyday life.

1. Improve Yourself Everyday. Go for a run. Hit the bounce-back or the wall. Do some push ups, sit ups, jump rope, find a friend and do 1on1’s or have a catch. If you find yourself sitting in front of the TV or the Xbox, ask yourself “Is this helping me be the best person or player that I can be ?” “Am I living up to my potential?”

2. Be a Kid. Working on yourself is not 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You need downtime to relax. Swim. Ride your bike. Play Basketball. Go Surfing. Just hang out with your friends. Life is Short – ask any adult.

3. Education Matters. Take school seriously, it will open more doors for you than Lacrosse will. Listen to your teachers and do your homework and your grades will reflect that. If you have a problem with a certain subject, approach your teacher and explain that to them, they will get you the help you need. Read the Newspaper everyday, it makes you smarter. Read a book – its a good escape.

4. Effort is Everything. If you are working your hardest, that’s all you can do, nobody can ask more of you. Coaches love effort. Those players that run their hardest after the ground ball, ride all the way to the midfield line, bust their butts from the moment they step on the field will always hold a special place in coach’s hearts. Every coach on the planet will make room for the kid that is working harder than everyone else.

5. Learn from your mistakes. Did you hang your stick on a clear and get stripped ? Next time get that stick in front of you. Did you take your eye off the ball on the crease and miss a pass? Next time concentrate, watch that ball into your stick and capitalize. Did you find yourself out of position because you didn’t know the play? Study and make sure you understand.

Working on yourself everyday. Taking your education seriously. Showing tremendous effort. Learn from your mistakes. Taking some time off to gain perspective and relax with friends. All of these things will make you a better lacrosse player and more importantly a better person. These lessons will carry you through life.

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