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  • Developing an Elite Athlete

    Courtesy of SportIQ

    When developing your players for maximum performance, what really pushes them to an elite level?

    The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) recently published a report based on a survey distributed to nearly 2,000 U.S. Olympic athletes. The survey intended to gauge what the USOC could do to improve the quality and effectiveness of programs focused on talent identification and development.

    What do the Olympics have to do with your team of players you don’t choose and whose motivation varies? This information can help coaches of any sport and any age group guide their teams to success.

    According to the USOC report, the top two reasons Olympic athletes gave for pursuing elite levels of performance were “intrinsic love of activity” (they liked being active) and love of the sport. What does that tell me as a coach? It’s my job to get my players to love being active and to love lacrosse.

    It’s my job to make it fun.

    Format your practices so that the mindset of the athletes becomes, “I want to go to practice,” as opposed to the all-too-often-heard, “I have to go to practice.” Get your players addicted to lacrosse. Implement drills with a fast pace, high touch counts and opportunities for frequent participation.

    Another factor contributing to the desire to achieve at the highest level, according to the USOC report, was multi-sport athleticism. College lacrosse coaches almost universally prefer athletes who play multiple sports in high school. The data collected by the USOC reinforces that preference. Most Olympians did not specialize in their sport until very late in their development. Even then, some continued to participate in other sports.

    It is downright painful to hear a 9-year-old say he or she solely plays lacrosse year-round, switching between teams based on the season. Research shows the best athletes in the world participated in at least two sports through high school. Ninety-seven percent of USOC respondents who followed that path credited multi-sport participation directly for their success.

    If you ask your players to commit to lacrosse full time, you are holding them back and limiting their upside.

    In his book, “Outliers,” Canadian journalist Malcolm Gladwell popularized the 10,000-hour rule that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. We might be tempted to interpret this to mean we must constantly practice one thing to become excellent at it. But would you want an athlete who 10,000 hours playing wall ball or one who divided 10,000 hours between basketball, hockey and lacrosse?

    We can teach kids to catch and throw. Some say we can’t teach them to be athletes. I refute that. If we encourage and expect multi-sport participation, we indirectly teach them to be athletes.

    The USOC surveyed more than 300 athletes who competed in one or more Olympics between 2000 and 2012 to identify the factors and circumstances surrounding their success.

    Intrinsic love of activity – 4.32
    Love of sport – 4.309
    Early success – 3.583
    Parental influence – 3.489
    Coaches recruitment – 3.400
    Peer recruitment – 2.805
    Sibling recruitment – 2.557
    PE teacher influence – 2.299

    Coaches that can infuse competition with athlete-centric success and fun will set up athletes for a great experience.

    Age U10 – 3.11
    Age 10-14 – 2.99
    Age 15-18 – 2.2
    Age 19-22 – 1.27
    Age 22-older – 1.31

    The findings indicate that Olympians were involved in an average of three sports per year until age 14, which belies the notion that early specialization is critical to long-term success. Multi-sport play appeared to be beneficial to these Olympians.

    Over to you. How would you identify the factors that influence your lacrosse player’s sport decision? Is it one or more of the eight above, or something else? Let us know in the comments section.

    TJ Buchanan is the coaching education content manager at US Lacrosse.

  • Harrow Sports and Play4theCure Team Up

    Harrow Sports has turned pink and is partnering with The National Foundation for Cancer Research’s sports fundraising campaign Play4TheCure. Harrow is joining the effort to empower athletes and coaches by selling Play4theCure t-shirts and donating 10% of the proceeds to The National Foundation for Cancer Research. Harrow Sports will also be donating a $250 gift card to Harrow Sports for the team that raises the most money this season!

    Play4theCure was founded in 2006 by Christine K. Reinprecht, coach of the Mystx Field Hockey Club in Feasterville, PA and a current board member of USA Field Hockey.  Play4theCure began as an annual indoor field hockey tournament to raise money for the fight against breast cancer.  The initiative has since expanded to include recreational programs, as well as middle school, high school and collegiate teams.

    photo(1)“I am thrilled Harrow Sports is joining the Play4theCure Team,” said Tina Reinprecht, Founder of Play4theCure. “Harrow Sports has a rich tradition of supporting field hockey programs at multiple levels but especially at the grass roots level.  It’s no surprise that they recognize Play4theCure’s grass roots participation and be eager to assist our mission to help fund cancer research.”

    “Harrow is thrilled to partner with NFCR’s Play4theCure to provide additional resources to help raise awareness and motivate the field hockey community to raise funds for cancer research,” said Alli Tanner, Field Hockey Brand Manager of Harrow Sports. “Play4theCure is an impressive program. The ability for teams to be a part of something bigger than themselves is truly incredible. We are honored to be the newest member of the team and look forward to contributing to the cause.”


    JOIN THE MISSION! Buy the Harrow Sports Play4theCure awareness t-shirts for your team, coach and friends.  Participate as a team, youth program or collegiate squad by signing up at http://www.nfcr.org/play-4-cure-registration-form or contact NFCR at Play4theCure@nfcr.org.

    SHARE YOUR STORY Tag @harrowsports with #Play4theCure with your story and your t-shirt for a chance to win a prize and be featured on the official Harrow Sports Instagram!

  • Introducing the newest Harrow Sports Polo, the Tipped Cotton Polo


    The Tipped Cotton Polo is set on placket, garment-washed for extra softness and is extremely durable.  The high end cotton polo is available in white tipped with green and navy or white tipped with Carolina blue and navy. The classic look is essential to any man’s wardrobe and will be the go-to for events such as casual nights out, corporate functions and anything involving sports. This garment is deemed to be the corporate favorite and team travel necessity.

  • Harrow Partners with Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League


    Harrow Sports is pleased to announce a three year partnership with the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League commencing with the 2014-2015 season.

     Harrow has had the pleasure to work with hundreds of ACHA programs providing equipment, uniforms, team apparel and bags throughout the years and is thrilled to begin this venture with the ACCHL.

    "We are very excited about the opportunity to work with additional teams in the ACCHL under a unified agreement,” said Todd Johnson, Club Sports Advisory Board Chairman of Harrow Sports. “We simply ask teams to give us their wish-list and allow us to win their business with proven products and trusted service and delivery. To have the support of this approach from the ACCHL is wonderful. We look forward to supporting the league initiatives over the course of the term.”

    “The ACCHL is ecstatic to have recently partnered with Harrow Sports,” states Mike “Sheriff” Walley,Commissioner of the ACCHL. “Our teams will benefit from the phenomenal quality of products, customer service and expeditious delivery service that is proven second to none. The ACCHL would also like to thank Harrow Sports for their extremely generous support for the ACCHL All-Star game and tournament.”


    For more information, please contact Hockey Brand Manager, Jeff Corey at jcorey@harrowsports.com, or at (866) 673-6425

  • USA Hockey Partnership

    usahockeyblog Harrow Sports is thrilled to enter a multi-year agreement with USA Hockey to continue as the official equipment, uniform, apparel, and bag supplier of the 2015 and 2017 USA Hockey Men's and Women's National University Team. The partnership supports the U.S. National University Teams participating in the Winter World University Games.
    "We're extremely pleased to have Harrow Sports involved with our National University Teams," said Mike Bertsch, assistant executive director for marketing and communications at USA Hockey. "We appreciate their on-going support of both our men's and women's teams at the Winter World University Games."
    The Winter World University Games are held every two years and Harrow Sports has played an integral role since partnering with USA Hockey in 2008, including the most recent success of the men's and women's team in 2013. Both squads had their best finish ever, with the women earning a bronze medal and the men finishing fourth. Harrow has worked with the men's team three times (2009, 2011, 2013) and the women's team once (2013).
    "Extending our relationship with USA Hockey and the National University Teams allows us to continue to show our support for both USA Hockey and the American Collegiate Hockey Association," said Todd Johnson, chairman of the hockey advisory board for Harrow Sports. "We look for continued success for the men and women and are excited to be a part of it."
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  • New Practice Jerseys for Tri-City Storm

    Tri-City Storm is ready to rock the new practice jerseys from Harrow Sports. Yesterday kicked off their training camp for the new season. Click here for a look at the preseason schedule. Good luck Tri-City Storm!


  • Harrow Sports partners with SPHL


    Harrow Sports has signed a new multi-year partnership agreement with the Southern
    Professional Hockey League (SPHL). This league sponsorship names Harrow Sports as an
    Official Provider of Apparel and Bags to the SPHL.

    The Southern Professional Hockey League is comprised of nine teams located throughout the
    southeastern United States. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, the mission of the SPHL
    is to provide a quality entertainment product structured inside an economic model that is viable
    for small and mid-size markets and arenas.

    "Harrow is very pleased to finalize this sponsorship/partnership with the SPHL,” said Jeff Corey,
    Hockey Brand Manager at Harrow Sports. “Each year our products, service, and market share
    continues to grow, and we look forward to growing even further with this mutually beneficial
    relationship. The SPHL has been around for years. Everyone knows how difficult it is (even at
    the NHL level) to operate a professional sports organization, yet the SPHL continues to prove
    their professionalism through longevity. This is exactly the type of organization we want to
    associate our brand with.”

    “We are excited to begin a relationship with Harrow Sports and help to increase their exposure
    throughout professional hockey,” added SPHL President Jim Combs.

    Harrow Sports is a Denver, Colorado based sports equipment manufacturer focusing on the
    sports of hockey, lacrosse, squash, field hockey, as well as the custom team uniforms, apparel,
    and bags to go along with each sport.

    For more information please contact Jeff Corey at jcorey@harrowsports.com or visit

    To visit the SPHL website go to www.thesphl.com


    Harrow Sports has signed a new partnership agreement with the ECHL, North America’s
    Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League. This agreement names Harrow Sports as a “Licensed Bag
    Provider to the ECHL”.

    The ECHL celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2012-13 and is the third-longest tenured
    professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey
    League. The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-
    to-coast league with 23 teams in 16 states in 2012-13.

    "Harrow is very pleased to finalize this partnership with the ECHL. Each year our products,
    service and market share continues to grow, and we look forward to growing even further with
    this mutually beneficial relationship. The ECHL has an endless list of players they graduate on
    to the NHL and we are proud to associate ourselves with such a professional organization.” says
    Jeff Corey, Hockey Brand Manager at Harrow Sports.

    “We are pleased to have Harrow Sports on board as a licensed bag provider to the ECHL,” said
    ECHL Vice President of Marketing & Licensing Tara Crane. “Their high-quality bags should be
    of great interest to both our teams and fans.”

    “At Harrow Sports, we take pride in our ability to provide the best possible product and service
    to our customers. The ECHL/Harrow relationship is one we expect to nurture for years to come”
    says Wes Wolfe, Account Manager with Harrow Sports.

    Harrow Sports is a Denver, Colorado based sports equipment manufacturer focusing on the
    sports of hockey, lacrosse, squash, field hockey, as well as the custom team uniforms, apparel,
    and bags to go along with each sport.

    For more information please contact Wes Wolfe at wwolfe@harrowsports.com or visit

    To visit the ECHL website go to www.echl.com

  • Greenwich Skating Club U14 team wins regionals.

    Congratulations to Greenwich skating club U14 team on winning the regionals. They are headed to the tier 2 nationals in Texas after winning in triple overtime and scoring the the winning goal at 6.35 in the third.

    This is the second time this team have been to nationals - going as a U12 team 2 years ago, as the first team in the history of the club to compete at nationals.

    Congratulations from everyone at Harrow.

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