To End is to Begin Anew: Blog Post Number Twenty

Student Athletes,

As students, athletes and people, we must look backwards and plan forwards if we want to better ourselves.  By now it should be no secret, that to continue being successful in sport, it is not enough to perform well once or even a few times, your success demands constant improvement.

In fact, as an athlete you should know that success demands more than improvement.  Success demands assessment and constant evaluation of skill and fitness.  This is why we play games.  In each game we test ourselves.  We test ourselves against our personal training and we test ourselves against the training of others.

These game tests are also why your coaches test you.  We assess what you do and how you do it to determine where your abilities are strong and where they are weak.  Then, once we have seen those abilities, we guide you toward make more improvements so that we, as a team, can be prepared for our next test.

But there is only so much a coach can do toward improving the skill of a player.  At a certain point, the actions of a player determine the level of their success.  Athletes that are self-driven, athletes that learn from their mistakes and athletes that can envision their own success will see their career’s flourish.  Athletes that do not learn to act in this way will struggle.  So, let us learn to be self-driven, self-correcting, and successful.

Task:

Having completed Blog Post Number Nineteen, you have now conducted an assessment of the course you have taken over the past ten months.  But, to complete your reflection of the year, you must now look inward and forward to determine your next course of action:

In one paragraph, provide a summary of your year.  Be sure to include individual areas of improvement and individual areas of weakness.  Also include how you feel about those areas.

In a second paragraph, describe a few of your year’s highlights and low lights.  Be as descriptive or general as you like, but be sure to include ‘why’ they are highlights or low lights.

In a third paragraph, describe your plans for the summer.  Try to integrate how these plans might positively affect your areas of improvement for next year.

Please ensure each paragraph is at least five sentences.  Descriptions of this nature cannot be successful in any less than five sentences.

Thank you for all that you have done this year, we have enjoyed coaching all of you. Have an excellent summer.

Submissions are due: Sunday June 12th at 9:00pm

Sincerely,

Coach Campbell,
Coach Neumann &
Coach Hannah

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A Year in Review: Blog Post Number Nineteen

Student Athletes,

The best and worst part about being a coach is looking back on a season.  It is the best part about a coach’s job because looking back fuels a coach’s push toward greatness.  They look for opportunities to improve the efficiency of their athletes and they analyze their programs to provide better drills, games, and training for athletes they coach.  It is the worst part about a coach’s job because, when left to think about a season, a coach can fixate on the parts of their program that did not work.  They sit and think about all the things that went wrong and they forget about things that made their program good at the start.  Coaches fixate; it is what we do.  We think back, we reflect, and we figure out how to make it better.

But, as we all know, coaches are not the only people that are part of a team.  Players play an enormous roll in the success of a team.  After all, the players that move to the coach’s whistle, the players learn under the coach’s words and the players chose to commit their time to developing their skills.  As such, players and their mindsets, perspectives and understandings are as important to a team’s integrity as the coach’s perfect program.

Players and coaches build programs together.  Without players, coaches do not have clay to mold.  Without coaches, players do not have shapes to acquire.

Task:

This week, the coaches are going to invite you put yourselves in our shoes and “look back” on our season. We want you to use your experience as a player and, just as a coach might, we want you to be both constructive and critical of the program you experienced this year.  We want you to give us two lists:

  1. A list of three positive traits the Lacrosse Academy possesses.
  2. A list of three negative traits the Lacrosse Academy possesses.

This is a very serious request from the coaching staff and so we want you to be as descriptive as possible.  Positive traits should not include  “It’s fun,” and negative traits should not include “It’s boring.”  Thoughtful responses will give your opinions on major events, activities, or training, that we have done throughout the year.

For example, I might positively explain, “I enjoyed the amount of cross-training we did, I felt handball taught me a lot about position on the floor/field.” Or I might respond more negatively, “I would have liked to have more time dedicated toward training, I felt I didn’t get enough time to lift weights all year round.”  (Please, do not use these examples in your responses)

This feedback will be taken and applied in the development of next year’s program.  This is your chance as a student to give your input into what your program will look like next year.   You should put some serious thought into responses.  Student athletes, be responsible for your development and join us, as coaches.

Submissions are due: Sunday June 4th at 9:00pm

Sincerely,

Coach Campbell,
Coach Neumann &
Coach Hannah

Blogs 2015-2016

Words of Wisdom: Blog Post number Eighteen

Student Athletes,

This time in the year for a lacrosse player can be challenging.  Though you are about half way through the season, wounds and weariness from previous games can start to affect play.  Sometimes it can seem to be a struggle to get suited up for a practice.  Sometimes, it can seem a struggle to come prepared to play a game.  And yet we know, that as lacrosse players, if we want to be successful, we need to be tough and compete every time we set foot on a field or a floor.  We know that even though our body may hurt, it is our mind that governs how we decide to deal with our pains.

To accomplish the task of playing through, you have a mantra.  Whether you know it or not, there is something that you say to yourself to keep you going – an action and then a description – and whether it be  “Work harder,” “Be Better,” or “One More Rep,” this Mantra helps your mind overcome your perceived limitations.

These mantras have a purpose; they drive us to keep going, they help remind us of our commitments, and sometimes, if we are truly committed toward their principles, they are able unite a group of people toward a singular purpose.

Task:

This week, the coaching staff wants you to think about your mantras.  Once you have thought about them, you will send two responses to Coach Neumann:

  1. A Mantra of five words or less that you use in your personal commitment to your own athletic development.
  2. A Mantra of  five words or less, to which you would like your fellow student athletes in the academy live by.

These are serious requests and so responses should be serious.  “Scoring goals” is not a mantra, it is an act we commit in game.  “Working hard,” though it is used as an example here, is not specific and does not describe any commitment to any sort of process.

The mantras you describe should reflect some aspect of your personality.  You should put some thought into these five words as you may find that they will direct your efforts in future.  That said, I’ll leave you here with my mantra:  “Sweat, grow, win.”

Submissions are due: Sunday May 29th at 9:00pm

Sincerely,

Coach Campbell,
Coach Neumann &
Coach Hannah

Blogs 2015-2016

Taking stock: Blog Post Number Seventeen

Hello Parents, Coaches and Students,

Over the past few weeks, we have had the opportunity to take a rest from our regularly scheduled blog posting because of the start of the intense box lacrosse season.  This week we are back with an important question that we would like you to consider.

As athletes, we often have to ‘take stock’ of where we are in our training to get an understanding of our growth and development.  Sometimes, ‘taking stock’ sponsors minor changes in how we are approaching our training, our diet, or our preparation.  Other times, ‘taking stock’ forces us to reevaluate our training entirely.  In either case, the act of ‘taking stock’, or “reflecting”, is part of becoming a better athlete.  So this week, take stock of your training in academy while you answer blog post number seventeen.

Blog Question #17
Part 1: Box lacrosse season is already underway.  At the end of your season what kind of player do you want to be? Take in to consideration where you were last year and where you are today.
Part 2: We have approximately 8 weeks of Lacrosse Academy left, how would you like to see those sessions used in order to reach your goal from Part 1? Take into consideration these ideas: Box season is highly condensed compared to field (lots of practices and games in a short period of time) – would 1-2 Box sessions and 1 strength and conditioning session with games and stick skills a week be best? Or all box all the time? Or some other mix of box, strength and conditioning, games and stick skills? What kind of box drills would you like to work on?

Thank you and we’ll see you on the floor,
Coach Neumann,
Coach Campbell
&
Coach Hannah

Blogs 2015-2016

Training for Better: Blog Post Number Sixteen

Hello Pacers,

We have done an excellent job in the weight room so far and we would love to see you continue these efforts going forward.  It was great to see us getting through the Turkish Getup yesterday, that is one exercise you can continue to train and get tremendous benefits for the rest of your life.

This week, our blog post is directly linked to our final assignment in our weight training unit:
One of our expectations of our time in the weight room is that you will be able to create your own training program. We have been covering material through Power-points in the loft and through practical components in the weight room that will aid you in the creation of this program.  So this week we would like you to:

Create a one day training program that you can complete in the weight room at DSS. Your program must include:

  1. A Warmup (what exercises and how long it will take),
  2. A Strength Training Component (what exercises, what order, how many sets, how many reps, and how much weight and how long this will all take)
  3. A Cool Down (what exercises and how long it will take).

Due Date: Please email the coaching staff a link to your published blog post by Sunday Feb 21st at 9pm.

Thanks,

Coach Neumann
&
Coach Campbell

Blogs 2015-2016

Look at the Pros or else train like the Joes – Blog Post Number Fifteen

Hello Pacers,

Thank you for solid sessions in the weight room these past two weeks.  We have seen big improvements in all of your strength and movement skills. You are expanding your bag of tricks in the gym and becoming better athletes because of it; keep bringing this kind of effort to each session.

But all athletes know that training happens as much outside of the gym as it does inside. So for this week we are asking you to start investigating different types of training.  Your task is to find a video of an athlete or a team, strength training in a gym.

Equipment can include: Body weight, Dumbbells, Olympic Bars, Kettlebells or Medicine balls.
As always, please send a link to the video to the coaching staff by Sunday February 14, 2016 at 9pm.

Sincerely,

Coach Neumann
&
Coach Campbell

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Can you be better than your self? Blog Post Number Fourteen

Hello Pacers,

As we head into our weightlifting sessions it is important to keep in mind our strengths and weaknesses as athletes.  Accordingly, this week’s blog asks you to establish a “baseline” assessment of your “self” in the following fitness categories:

1. Strength – Ability to exert force on an object.
2. Power – Ability to exert force on an object in a short amount of time.
3. Speed – Ability to move body quickly.
4. Agility – Ability to change direction, pace and body position – Pursuit and Evasion.
5. Endurance – Ability to repeat efforts.
6. Coordination – Ability to move body with  or without an object through space.

For this weeks blog, please rank yourself on a scale of 1-4 on the following 6 categories. 1 = I need to improve, 4 = I’ve worked hard to be great at this.

As always, please email the coaching staff a link to your published blog post by Sunday February 7, 2016 at 9pm.

Sincerely,

 

Coach Neumann
&
Coach Campbell

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