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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.

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  • Big Dog Lacrosse, Graveyard 7x7 Tournament to be held this weekend

    Attention Lacrosse fans: If you live in Ohio, or will be in the area this weekend, then make sure you check out Big Dog Lacrosse’s 2011 Graveyard 7x7 Tournament November 5-6 at Diamond Community Park in Canton.

    This free, two-day event will showcase 16 youth Lacrosse teams, grades 5-6 and 7-8, from across the country as they compete for top honors in their respective divisions.

    Harrow Sports is proud to be the official sponsor of Big Dog Lacrosse.

  • Harrow Sponsored Simon Fraser’s Craig, Genereux Named MCLA Scholar Athletes

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    By William Howard, SFU Lacrosse Media Relations

    Simon Fraser University Men’s Lacrosse

    BURNABY, BC (July 12, 2011) – The Simon Fraser University men’s lacrosse team placed two players – freshman standout Calvin Craig (Coquitlam, BC / Gleneagle Secondary) and senior captain Luke Genereux (Port Coquitlam, BC / Terry Fox Secondary) - on the 2011 list of MCLA Scholar Athletes. Craig and Genereux are two of 45 players from MCLA Division I to receive this prestigious award given to players who were selected to their conference's First or Second All-Conference team, while maintaining a minimum overall cumulative GPA for the last completed semester/quarter of 3.20 or better. Twenty-seven institutions from the ninety-seven teams that compete in the MCLA Division I boasted Scholar Athletes in 2011, while Simon Fraser was one of only 10 schools with multiple recipients.

    Craig, an attackman, recently concluded one of the greatest seasons in school history, leading the way for the Clan amassing 100 goals and 32 assists for 132 points in 17 games, topping the MCLA in goals-per-game (5.882) and finishing second in points-per-game (7.765). In only his freshman season, Craig became the first SFU player to score 100 goals in a season, also setting the single game records for both goals (15) and points (19). Craig was the only freshman on the MCLA All-America first or second team, in addition to being named PNCLL Freshman of the Year, PNCLL Offensive Player of the Year and to the PNCLL All-Conference First Team.

    Genereux, a defenseman, was named an MCLA All-American for the second straight year after receiving honorable mention status last season. Genereux was also named a PNCLL First Team All-Conference selection for the third and final time in his collegiate career, after earning the same honor in both his freshman and junior year. In addition to his first MCLA Scholar Athlete Award, Genereux was also recently awarded standing on the Simon Fraser University President's Honour Roll. This award is for students who have completed at least 30 units at SFU, and have achieved a term GPA of 4.0 or above while taking at least 12 units of classes.

    In seven seasons under current SFU Co-Head Coaches Jeff Cathrea and Brent Hoskins, their teams have now produced eleven (11) MCLA Scholar Athletes, with 2011 marking the seventh straight season that a lacrosse student-athlete from Simon Fraser has received an MCLA Scholar Athlete Award.

    ABOUT SIMON FRASER MEN’S LACROSSE

    Simon Fraser University men's lacrosse will compete in its seventeenth season in 2012 and competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The Clan have captured a record eight PNCLL Conference Titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2009) and rank sixth all-time with ten MCLA National Championship tournament appearances, placing 2nd in 1999 and playing in the 2010 MCLA Semi-Finals after reaching the Quarterfinals in 2008 and 2009. The Clan proudly wear equipment and apparel by Harrow Sports and Cascade helmets.

    CONTACT: Co-Head Coach, Brent Hoskins +1 (604) 836-7748, bhoskins@alumni.sfu.ca

  • Harrow Syncro lacrosse glove rundown - by Chris Fox

    The Syncro glove is the latest and most advanced release yet from an ever expanding glove line from Harrow Sports.

    Harrows focus was on beefing up the glove from its popular Torrent model. The Syncro offers a high impact foam system, a super-light high density foam with plastic inserted into each pad-zone. A triple flex floating cuff maximizes wrist mobility by flexing with the movement of your wrist while constantly providing maximum protection.

    The thumb is extremely flexible. Additional padding along the inside of the thumb, bordering the palm, has been added to protect the thumb against slashes as you follow through on shots and you expose the inside of your thumb to checks.

    The Syncro features a two-layer palm - an inner mesh liner and soft calf skin palm. This duel-layer system reduces wear and tear while providing the comfort and sensation of the stick in your bare hand. No break-in-time necessary!

    The inner-liner, decorate with the Harrow insignia, features sweat-wicking technology that keeps the hand bone dry. The same material keeps the hand cool during the spring and summer and warm during cold Fall Ball practices.

    The Syncro is available in 12" and 13.5" inches. Stock colours are White/Black, White/Navy, and White/Red.

    Setting Harrow apart from its competitors is that the Syncro Glove is fully and completely customizable. With over 9 colour zones, 3 logo zones (logo, number, name or team name), all the way down to the two colours of the "harrow" cuff logos stitching - You name it, you got it!

  • 2010 Vail Lacrosse Shootout

    Some exciting drama in the Supermasters winner’s bracket. The Quicksilver Elder Statesmen needed overtime to get past the Adidas Magic Wands 7-6 yesterday. It was a tight match today, tied 2-2 at the beginning of the second quarter. However, in the end, the Elder Statesmen prevailed in an 8-7 win!

    Harrow Sports Western Region Manager, Bill Edell [pictured here], is a member of the Quicksilver Elder Statesman team

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