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ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT


REDEFINING PRACTICE


The US Lacrosse Convention drew 7,130 participants — including a record attendance of 2,810 for the public Fan Fest — to the Baltimore Convention Center Jan. 20-22. Here are some of our favorite shots from the event.


Clockwise: Maryland women’s coach Cathy Reese invites her husband, Chesapeake Bayhawks coach Brian Reese, to make a few pointers; David Schwarz of Austin, Texas, dons a vest of mesh; Tewaaraton winners Taylor Cummings and Lyle Thompson draw big crowds at Fan Fest; and Wheelchair Lacrosse USA members demonstrate the fastest game on two wheels.


©JOHN STROHSACKER


STX joined US Lacrosse at LaxCon on the live demo fi eld to demonstrate the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model, namely how to:


HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS AND WATCH LISTS


The Nike/US Lacrosse preseason high school rankings, including the National Top 25 and Regional Top 10s for boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, are now available at uslaxmagazine. com/rankings. Our beat


writers from each of the fi ve regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest and West) also honed in on 10 players (fi ve boys, fi ve girls)


from each region they’ve got their eyes on in 2017. You can also follow the latest developments at uslaxmagazine.com/ high-school.


• Increase effi ciency and engagement with station-based practices. Multiple stations reduce waiting time.


• Use different activities (hula hoops, anyone?) to reinforce lacrosse concepts.


• Design your program for development.


• Develop physical literacy.


• Encourage teamwork, free play and problem solving.


• Make practices fun and kid-centered.


• Incorporate multiple sports for transferable skills.


• Provide as many touches as possible with small-sided games.


Want to run a practice like this? US Lacrosse hosted a webinar Feb. 22, which members will fi nd for free at learning. uslacrosse.org. While you’re at it, check out the video from LaxCon at youtube.com/ uslacrosse.


USlaxmagazine.com


March 2017 US LACROSSE MAGAZINE


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