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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Lil Laxer to Summer Skill Sessions
Moving from Lil’ Laxer to Skill Sessions?
The Lil’ Laxer program is off to a great start with 18 players continuing on from the free clinics and camp we ran over the past few weeks. We are excited to see the level of enthusiasm and the variety of players in the program. Some are learning the basics of the game while others are ready to move to the next level.
In this regard we had a number of parents speak to me after practice or email me about joining the full 2-hour Skill Training and Games sessions.
The answer is YES absolutely . . . The Summer Skill Sessions is available for Lil’ Laxers as an upgrade at only $75. The cost is $150 to players not in the Lil’ Laxer program.
While summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st, here in Arizona we get a head start with school out and temps about to hit the 110’s.
Here is a quick update of what we did late spring and what we have coming up the 7 weeks before school begins;
65 new players were introduced to the game of lacrosse with our series of free clinics
55 players from Cobras, Arrowhead, and Cave Creek are Training every Wednesday and Sunday
50 players from across the valley played indoor box at the Arizona Sports Complex
24 new players were provided a custom titanium stick as part of our lacrosse camp
Upcoming and Ongoing
Registration is now open for late entry to the Training and King Cobra Competition, part of the ongoing skill development program every Wednesday and Sunday through July 28. Respective divisional King Cobra champions will be awarded a custom titanium King Cobra stick on July 28. The competition incorporates all facets of skills worked on during Training including agility, quickness, stick work, offense, defense and shot speed for overall best score Note next combine test for all players is Sunday June 13!
Beginning April 28 just over 60 athletes took the challenge to put in up to 3 days a week of skill training, speed and agility, and indoor box lacrosse. Our focus is to get better, play lacrosse and have fun in the off season.
In addition to our Cobras, players from Arrowhead, Cave Creek, and the Desert Rattlers are already seeing improvement and as a club, we want to further motivate these players and invite others to join us for the 24 sessions we have remaining through July 28.
Introducing the King Cobra 2021 Competition
We will hold a season ending competition on July 28 to award the King Cobra custom titanium lacrosse stick (value $120) to the winner in each of our 4 divisions, 10u, 12u, 14u and HS. The competition categories will be will consist of;
Speed & Agility Course
In order to be eligible to must be registered and attend training sessions and or playing box lacrosse. If you are already taking part, just keep working hard. Sessions are Wednesday nights 6-8pm, Saturdays 4-8pm (depending on division) and Sundays 9-11am.
Register for the Wednesday OR Sunday Training here. You will automatically be registered for all remaining sessions including box!
The fee for anyone not presently participating is $250 for the remaining 24 sessions of Wednesday Field Training, Saturday Night Box and Sunday Skill Training. Only those participating in the sessions are eligible, No exceptions. You don’t have to do all, but the more you put in the more you will get out!
The score at the end of a game commonly determines a “winning” and “losing” team, but what does winning mean after all? Does winning mean having the better score in a U9 league game? Does winning mean a team that goes unbeaten in Division 1 in their U11 group?
I submit that “winning” is a long-term proposition. Too often we look for short-term gain and therefore miss the opportunity to reach the higher goal. In our case that means more time spent developing ALL players with a well thought out LTAD approach, ensuring that we have avenues for new players to learn, recreational players to enjoy this great game, and finally training and travel programs for those that wish to reach their highest potential.
Although “winning over development” survives to this day, the keepers of the flame are losing steam based on solid research. We know that by the age of 13, 70% of kids involved in organized sports drop out of the game. The main reason for this is kids aren’t “having fun anymore” and they’ve lost interest. By maintaining the short-term “win at all costs” mentality, many youth players are lost in the fight to win meaningless games. Far too often over my years I’ve heard comment that youth players have to “win” or they will be upset, or even depressed. This is simply not true.
In fact in a study conducted in 2014 by George Washington University found, when kids were asked why they participate in sports over 90 percent of children responded that they did so because it was fun. Fun, however, means a lot of different things for a lot of different people. The children were asked to describe what fun meant for them, and 81 different explanations arose throughout the study. 81 different explanations for what fun means, ranked in order of most important as a response.
Winning ended up 48th on the list.
The top fun factors were; Being a good sport, Trying hard, Positive coaching, Learning and improving, Game time support, Games, Practices, Team friendships, Mental bonuses, Team rituals, and Swag.
Trying your best is essentially the idea of giving 100%. It’s that winning mentality, and if we can continue to foster it, we are one step ahead of the game in helping to create “winners.” Kids generally forget about results soon after the game is over. The game is really won or lost, however, in the car ride home. As Project Play explains, kids often forget about the result ten minutes after a game is over, but are often reminded of it constantly in the car-ride home and at dinner that day.
Winning is important, but development is more important. Develop the winning mentality, see kids take ownership of their own technical development, understanding that one hour of practice a week is not enough, and watch the results come, eventually. Eventually is the key word here. Don’t expect this to happen over the course of a week, a season, maybe even a year. Development is not a straight line. Ups will come with downs, and development does not mean constant, unchecked progression.
So this is great but how do we develop skills in youth players and keep them playing sports?
I will summerize here, but encourage you to read the a complete solution, and our model, from The Aspen Institutes Project Play here;